Leading Across Cultures
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,...
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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.
James E. Plueddemann (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Professor of Missions and Chair, Department of Missions and Evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
From 1967 until 1980 he and his wife, Carol, served in Nigeria as missionaries with SIM. During that time he was director of the Christian Education department for the Evangelical Churches of West Africa.
From 1980 to 1993 he served on the faculty of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He traveled each summer in Africa, Europe, and South America to assist teachers and administrators of theological schools with curriculum design, creative teaching, and spiritual formation. He has an active and continuing interest in cross-cultural Christian education, leadership development, and theological education. Other areas of concern are team relationships, realistic future-oriented mission strategy, and especially prayer and revival.
Dr. Plueddemann served as the International Director of SIM (Serving in Mission) from 1993 until 2004. SIM currently has about 1,600 missionaries in active service in approximately 40 countries.
He is the author of God's Heart for the World: Missionary Themes from Genesis to Revelation; James: Growing in Maturity; Spiritual Hunger: Filling Your Deepest Longings; Meekness: Claiming Your Inheritance (all with Carol Plueddemann) and most recently Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church
- <strong>part 1: Multicultural Leadership In The Worldwide Church</strong>
- 1 Leadership For A New Day In World Missions
- 2 My Pilgrimage In Leadership
- 3 Why Crosscultural Leadership?
- <strong>part 2: Leadership And Culture</strong>
- 4 Leadership, Cultural Values And The Bible
- 5 Leadership And Context
- 6 Leadership And Power
- 7 Leadership And Individualism
- 8 Leadership And Ambiguity
- <strong>part 3: Contextualizing Leadership</strong>
- 9 A Theology Of Leadership
- 10 A Theory Of Leadership
- <strong>part 4: Global Leadership In Practice</strong>
- 11 Developing Vision And Strategy
- 12 Developing Global Leaders
- Epilogue: Leadership In The Global Church
- Recommended Reading