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...
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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.
Duane H. Elmer (Ph.D., Michigan State U.) is director of theDuane H. Elmer (Ph.D., Michigan State U.) is director of the Ph.D. program in educational studies and is the G. W. Aldee Ph.D. program in educational studies and is the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divin Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to travelingnity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition to traveling and teaching in over 75 countries, he has provided cross-cu and teaching in over 75 countries, he has provided cross-cuC
- 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.
- <strong>part I: Servanthood: Basic Perspectives</strong>
- 1. Servanthood: Its Burden And Challenge
- 2. Servanthood: Choosing The Towel Or The Robe
- 3. Humility: Posture Of The Servant
- <strong>part Ii: Servanthood: The Process</strong>
- 4. Openness: Welcoming Others Into Your Presence
- 5. Acceptance: Communicating Respect For Others
- 6. Trust: Building Confidence In Relationships
- 7. Learning: Seeking Information That Changes You
- 8. Learning: Biblical Foundations For Change
- 9. Understanding: Seeing Through The Other's Eyes
- 10. Serving: Becoming Like Christ To Others
- <strong>part Iii: Servanthood: The Challenges</strong>
- 11. The Servant And Leadership
- 12. The Servant And Power
- 13. The Servant And Mystery
- 14. The Servant Model: Joseph