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Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships For Effective Christian Leadership

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As the US becomes more diverse, cross-cultural ministry is increasingly important for nearly all pastors and church leaders. Of particular concern is the issue of leadership - a difficult task made even more challenging in multicultural settings. Sherwood Lingenfelter helps...


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As the US becomes more diverse, cross-cultural ministry is increasingly important for nearly all pastors and church leaders. Of particular concern is the issue of leadership - a difficult task made even more challenging in multicultural settings. Sherwood Lingenfelter helps the reader understand his or her own leadership culture (and its blind spots), examine it critically in light of Scripture, and become an effective learner of other cultural perspectives on leadership. He also confronts the issues of power inherent in any leadership situation. Lingenfelter carefully defines cross-cultural leadership and unpacks that definition throughout the book, with an emphasis on building communities of vision, trust, and empowerment through leadership based on biblical principles. In the end, he argues that leaders must inhabit the gospel story to be effective cross-culturally.


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"No one is better qualified to tackle the thorny challenges of cross-cultural leadership than Sherwood Lingenfelter. Leading Cross-Culturally brings together a rare blend of anthropology, leadership theory, and theology that calls cross-cultural team members into covenant relationships centered on Christ and the cross. This is practical missiology at its best."--Tom Steffen, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University"With missionaries traveling from everywhere to everywhere, a book on cross-cultural leadership is urgently needed. Lingenfelter builds on his wide global experience and illustrates powerful principles with insightful examples and Scripture."--James E. Plueddemann, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; former international director, Serving in Mission"Lingenfelter combines his intercultural experience and judicious study of cross-cultural leadership with biblical-theological reflections and creative use of empirical cases. This book should be in the hands of everyone already in cross-cultural leadership as well as those who are considering entering the field."--Lalsangkima Pachuau, Asbury Theological Seminary"A compelling volume. As a practitioner, trainer, and instructor of leaders and teams in ministry and missions, I will have to include this book in my required texts. In fact, it has challenged some of my own assumptions about this difficult aspect of kingdom work."--Mike Barnett, Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions"A tremendous book that combines the best theory and practice with the kind of perspective that comes only from vast personal experience."--Earl Creps, Berkeley Church Planting Project"In this insightful and exceptionally practical book, Lingenfelter points us to the three essential components for lasting kingdom impact: leadership, cultural values, and the Word of God."--Bambang Budijanto, Compassion International"An excellent resource on exercising leadership in cross-cultural contexts. Lingenfelter goes directly to the heart of the matter--building a covenant community of trust."--John Watters, Wycliffe Bible Translators International"This is a remarkable book. It is crafted out of life and honesty and reflects Lingenfelter's own pilgrimage. It is grounded in Scripture and deep spirituality, protecting leadership from mere technique and transforming it into discipleship principles."--William D. Taylor, World Evangelical Alliance and the Mission Commission"Lingenfelter provides another significant contribution that takes culture seriously and the Bible authoritatively. This resource will allow global leaders to learn and discuss together their shared desire to serve Christ's kingdom."--Byron D. Klaus, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
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"No one is better qualified to tackle the thorny challenges of cross-cultural leadership than Sherwood Lingenfelter. Forged out of Dr. Lingenfelter''s lifetime of experience in the field, in the classroom and educational administration, and in global consulting, Leading Cross-Culturally brings together a rare blend of anthropology, leadership theory, and theology that calls cross-cultural team members into covenant relationships centered on Christ and the cross. This is practical missiology at its best."--Tom Steffen, professor of intercultural studies, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University(shorter version of Barnett):"Another compelling volume from Sherwood Lingenfelter, Leading Cross-Culturally proclaims a simple but critical truth about multicultural ministry and mission teams: we must work as a ''covenant community team.'' Lingenfelter reveals the diverse and intertwined principles and practices of effective multicultural team leadership. As a practitioner, trainer, and instructor of leaders and teams in ministry and missions, I will have to include this book in my required texts. In fact, it has challenged some of my own assumptions about this difficult aspect of kingdom work."--Mike Barnett, professor, Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions(longer version of Barnett):"Another compelling volume from Sherwood Lingenfelter, Leading Cross-Culturally reveals a simple but critical truth for Christ-followers working together, especially in multicultural teams. Whatever we do in ministry, we must do as a ''covenant community team.'' It sounds too simple to believe, but Lingenfelter makes his case by shining his light of expertise and experience through the prism of multicultural team dynamics. The result is a brilliant display of the diverse and intertwined principles and practices of effective multicultural team leadership. Throughout the text he cites other experts and illustrates his points through real-world case studies. The graphics project a synthesis of key concepts. The case studies stick with the reader. He avoids the ''quick fix'' approach and clarifies that multicultural teamwork requires customized solutions based on the intrinsic ''default cultures'' and ''social games'' in play in each specific situation. As a practitioner, trainer, and instructor of leaders and teams in ministry and missions, I will have to include this book in my required texts. In fact, it has challenged some of my own assumptions about this difficult aspect of kingdom work."--Mike Barnett, professor, Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions"Sherwood Lingenfelter has written a tremendous book that combines the best theory and practice with the kind of perspective that comes only from vast personal experience. The unflinching honesty of Leading Cross-Culturally is complemented by a Christ-centered hopefulness that focuses the arduous task of leading squarely on the cross. Lingenfelter offers not a set of practices but a path of faith that is wide enough for believers from all cultures to share. This book is both thought provoking and practical, but most importantly, it points us to Christ, the leader of the church."--Earl Creps, team leader, Berkeley Church Planting Project"Many good leaders fail to make a lasting kingdom impact by undermining the role of cultural values in team and work dynamics. In this insightful and exceptionally practical book, Sherwood Lingenfelter points us to the three essential components for lasting kingdom impact: leadership, cultural values, and the Word of God."--Bambang Budijanto, vice president of Asia region, Compassion International(shortest Watters--1 of 3)"Sherwood Lingenfelter provides us with an excellent resource on exercising leadership in cross-cultural contexts. He goes directly to the heart of the matter--building a covenant community of trust. Such a community moves us to transcend our differing worldviews and default cultural values. It is driven by
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 275215
  • Product Code 9780801036057
  • ISBN 0801036054
  • EAN 9780801036057
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Dec 2008
  • Sales Rank 58718
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 111mm
  • Weight 0.256kg

Sherwood G Lingenfelter

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is provost and senior vice president at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Transforming Culture, Agents of Transformation, Ministering Cross-Culturally (with Marvin K. Mayers), and Teaching Cross-Culturally (with Judith E. Lingenfelter) as well as several volumes on anthropology.

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