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Introducing Cross-Cultural Ministry

Course Summary

This course unit explores culture, worldview and intercultural communication from theological and practical perspectives. It will assist students in effective cross-cultural ministry.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the concept of culture and principles of cross-cultural communication

  2. describe the biblical foundations of cross-cultural ministry

  3. develop skill in analysing cross-cultural situations

  4. suggest ways to cope with the complexities of cross-cultural ministry

   5. apply a basic understanding of culture and worldview to the communication of Christian

       faith across cultural barriers

Course Content

  1. Biblical precedents for cross-cultural mission

  2. Developing a theology of cross-cultural ministry

  3. Understanding culture and worldview; a basic model of culture types

  4. Identifying and understanding one’s own culture and worldview

  5. Culture shock and reverse culture shock

  6. Basic principles of communication; dangers of miscommunication

  7. Key aspects of cross-cultural communication, including language and non-verbal communication; influence of social structures on communication; relationship of medium and message; and the distinction between form and function      

  8. Church and culture

  9. Contextualisation, indigenisation and enculturation in cross-cultural ministry and mission

  10. Identifying and dealing with prejudice, racism and cross-cultural conflict

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