Cross-Cultural Servanthood

Serving the World in Christlike Humility

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Author: Duane Elmer

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830874836

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? "Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us." The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all too often and even though we don't mean it, our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service? Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. With careful biblical exposition and keen cross-cultural awareness, he shows how our actions and attitudes often contradict and offend the local culture. He offers principles and guidance for avoiding misunderstandings and building relationships in ways that honor others. Here is culturally-savvy insight into how we can follow Jesus' steps to become global servants. Whether you're going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood

Serving the World in Christlike Humility

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Author: Duane Elmer

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830833788

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 212

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With careful biblical exposition and keen cross-cultural awareness, Duane Elmer offers principles and guidance for avoiding misunderstandings and building relationships in ways that honor people in other cultures.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World

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Author: Duane Elmer

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830874828

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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With the new realities of global interconnectedness comes a greater awareness of cultural diversity from place to place. Besides differences in food and fashion, we face significant contrasts of cultural orientation and patterns of thinking. As we travel across cultures, what should we expect? How do we deal with culture shock? And can we truly connect with those we meet? Experienced cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer provides a compass for navigating through different cultures. He shows us how to avoid pitfalls and cultural faux pas, as well as how to make the most of opportunities to build cross-cultural relationships. Filled with real-life illustrations and practical exercises, this guide offers the tools needed to reduce apprehension, communicate effectively, and establish genuine trust and acceptance. Above all, Elmer demonstrates how we can avoid being cultural imperialists and instead become authentic ambassadors for Christ. Whether you are embarking on a short-term mission trip or traveling for business or pleasure, this book is both an ideal preparation and a handy companion for your journey.

Cross-Cultural Conflict

Building Relationships for Effective Ministry

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Author: Duane Elmer

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830816576

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Duane Elmer offers a thorough and practical handbook for conflict resolution across Asian, Hispanic, African and Western cultures.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open

Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence

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Author: David A. Livermore

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441241132

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Short-term mission trips are great ways to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants. In this insightful and timely book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas. Foreword by Paul Borthwick.

Noticing God

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Author: Richard Peace

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830869972

Category: Religion

Page: 303

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Where is God? How do we encounter God? How do we know it is God we encounter and not some figment of our imagination? Is it possible to know God in some sort of relational way? Richard Peace believes it is. But it requires a certain level of awareness, a certain discipline of the heart. Peace calls it the "spiritual discipline of noticing God." In this book he unpacks what it means to make a conscious practice noticing God in daily life. He explores the various ways people experience and recognize God's presence, including mystical encounters, ordinary daily life, within our hearts, through other people, through Scripture, nature and the church. Throughout he returns to the question of discernment, helping you understand how you can know that it is indeed God you are meeting in each of these places, not just some fanciful figment of the imagination. God is deeply present in our world, and you can actually encounter him. Here's how.

Cross-Cultural Partnerships

Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission

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Author: Mary T. Lederleitner,Duane Elmer

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830837477

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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Cross-cultural specialist Mary Lederleitner brings missiological and financial expertise to explain how global mission efforts can be funded with integrity, mutuality and transparency. Bringing together social science research, biblical principles and on-the-ground examples, she presents best practices for handling funding and finance.

Leading Across Cultures

Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church

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Author: James E. Plueddemann

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830866304

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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The worldwide church is more interconnected than ever before, with missionaries going from everywhere to everywhere. Africans work with Australians in India. Koreans plant churches in London and Los Angeles. But globalization also creates challenges for crosscultural tension and misunderstandings, as different cultures have conflicting assumptions about leadership values and styles. Missiologist James E. Plueddemann presents a roadmap for crosscultural leadership development in the global church. With keen understanding of current research on cultural dynamics, he integrates theology with leadership theory to apply biblical insights to practical issues in world mission. Savvy discernment of diverse cultural underpinnings allows multicultural teams to work together with mutual respect for more effective ministry. The author shows how leaders can grow from an individualistic egocentric practice of leadership to a more global-centric approach. The future of the global church depends on effective multicultural leadership. God has called people from various contexts to minister and lead in every land for the sake of the gospel. Whether you are teaching English in China, directing information technology in Africa or pastoring a multiethnic church in North America, discover how you can better work and lead across cultures.

Making Your Partnership Work

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Author: Daniel Rickett

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0986218308

Category:

Page: 212

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Making Your Partnership Work is a practical guide for church and mission partnerships. Drawing on 30 years of experience, Daniel Rickett shows how effective mission partnerships are a blend of vision, relationship, and results.

Servanthood

The Calling of Every Christian

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Author: Darrow L. Miller,Disciple Nations Alliance

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984073207

Category: Christian leadership

Page: 112

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Invitation to World Missions

A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century

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Author: Timothy C. Tennent

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825438837

Category: Religion

Page: 559

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A primary resource introducing missions for the passionate follower of Christ

Short-Term Missions Workbook

From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens

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Author: Tim Dearborn

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830868097

Category: Religion

Page: 127

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Going on a short-term missions trip can be a life- and faith-transforming experience. It can enrich the way you view the world. It will cause you to rely on God more fully. It is an opportunity to develop deep relationships with your team and the people you serve. A short-term missions experience can also involve weeks of physical and spiritual distress. An unprepared team can wreak havoc on each other and the people they intend to serve. To get the most out of such a missions trip, you need to go prepared. Whether you are going on your own or with a team, the keys to preparation are here in Tim Dearborn's workbook. It includes Concise summary of crosscultural principles Help in facing spiritual warfare Tips on avoiding a tourist mentality Spiritual preparation through individual or group Bible study 8-week course for teams to do together You'll get a biblical perspective on the world, gain crosscultural understanding and even prepare for reentry when you return. If you are planning to go on a short-term missions trip, don't leave home without working through this book!

Ministering Cross-Culturally

An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships

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Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter,Marvin K. Mayers

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801026474

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Minister more effectively to people of different cultural and social backgrounds with this incarnational model of cross-cultural ministry.

Figuring Foreigners Out

A Practical Guide

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Author: Craig Storti

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 0585485925

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

View: 1661

Figuring Foreigners Out will aid in creating an effective system for preparing and dealing with cultural differences.

Living God's Love

An Invitation to Christian Spirituality

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Author: Gary Holloway,Earl Lavender

Publisher: Leafwood Publishers

ISBN: 9780974844121

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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This simple and easy-to-follow guide to daily relationship with God invites readers to break out of the rut of repetitive, soulless religious practices and into a journey that is unpredictable in every way but one: God is there. Gary Holloway and Earl Lavender want to know if you're longing for a deeper relationship with God but don't know where to begin. Years of failed attempts to consistently study the Bible and personal prayers that feel repetitive and cold can discourage many of us from finding the fulfilling spiritual life we imagine. Living God's Love offers readers another way of thinking: if they are with God, every momenteven the seemingly mundaneis spiritually alive. Out of this conviction, the authors develop a profoundly simple book that encourages readers by walking through a view of Christian maturity attained through relationship with God.

Transforming Worldviews

An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change

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Author: Paul G. Hiebert

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441200983

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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In the past, changes in behavior and in belief have been leading indicators for missionaries that Christian conversion had occurred. But these alone--or even together--are insufficient for a gospel understanding of conversion. For effective biblical mission, Paul G. Hiebert argues, we must add a third element: a change in worldview. Here he offers a comprehensive study of worldview--its philosophy, its history, its characteristics, and the means for understanding it. He then provides a detailed analysis of several worldviews that missionaries must engage today, addressing the impact of each on Christianity and mission. A biblical worldview is outlined for comparison. Finally, Hiebert argues for gospel ministry that seeks to transform people's worldviews and offers suggestions for how to do so.

Introducing Cultural Anthropology

A Christian Perspective

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Author: Brian M. Howell,Jenell Williams Paris

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801038871

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This concise introductory cultural anthropology textbook gives special attention to issues of concern to Christians and features plentiful maps, photos, and sidebars.

Overturning Tables

Freeing Missions from the Christian-Industrial Complex

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Author: Scott A. Bessenecker

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830896767

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year Recommendation (Cross-Cultural) 2014 Best World Missions Book, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore We are more than the businesses we have become. Much of Christian ministry has been shaped to operate not according to the witness of the Scriptures, but according to the values of the free market. We adopt metrics of success that have nothing to do with the state of people's souls or the seeding of the earth with the kingdom of God. We have borrowed our paradigms uncritically from the for-profit corporate sector. The mission of the Church is being held back by the business container into which we have placed the gospel. Every year Scott Bessenecker travels the world with thousands of college students, ministering to those in need and learning from the global church about what God is doing in the world. In Overturning Tables he shows, through stories and analysis, that the mission of God reaches well beyond the grasp of the free market, and if we are willing to reach as well, we will see God do amazing things, even as the world sees the gospel in its fullest sense.

Ministering Cross-Culturally

A Model for Effective Personal Relationships

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Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter,Marvin K. Mayers

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493401947

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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With more than 125,000 copies in print, this model for effective personal relationships in a multicultural and multiethnic world has proven successful for many. On the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary, this contemporary classic has been thoroughly updated to reflect Sherwood Lingenfelter's mature thinking on the topic and to communicate with modern readers, helping them minister more effectively to people of different cultural and social backgrounds. It is accessible, practical, and applicable to many ministry situations. An accompanying interactive questionnaire, designed to help students reflect on their own cultural values, is available online through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.