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Cross-Cultural Servanthood

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Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. The reader embarking on a mission trip will find this essential reading to serve effectively in international settings. (Church Life)

- Publisher "Duane Elmer has created a gem! This latest of his creations reminds us that Duane writes stories rather than documents. The reader will discover in Cross-Cultural Servanthood a delightful encounter with people, places and situations. The examples and reflections that come through these pages shine with the warmth and reality of letters from a close friend. But this is no ordinary friend--Dr. Elmer sheds light on cultural mysteries. His experiences as a missionary, teacher, consultant, school administrator and quite surely a researcher who 'gets to the bottom' of the curious events that pepper these stories reveal a depth of understanding that makes this book shine.The choice of servanthood reveals the fundamental difference in Dr. Elmer's understanding of the cross-cultural situation. Others have written of the information-flow task from one culture toward another, the management dimensions of intercultural affairs and the quest for excellence in intercultural experiences. Note that each of these assumes that the intercultural encounter calls for a series of top-down skills moving from foreignness toward control. Not Duane Elmer. Choosing Christian styles and biblical sources, he develops applications of principles that ring true, reflecting the warmth and wholeness of sound interpersonal affiliation. This is the strong stuff that overcomes the differences, tensions and conflicts that otherwise will plague the intercultural environment. The key is adopting the posture, manner and style of a loyal servant."

- Publisher 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.

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Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. The reader embarking on a mission trip will find this essential reading to serve effectively in international settings. (Church Life)
- Publisher

"Duane Elmer has created a gem! This latest of his creations reminds us that Duane writes stories rather than documents. The reader will discover in Cross-Cultural Servanthood a delightful encounter with people, places and situations. The examples and reflections that come through these pages shine with the warmth and reality of letters from a close friend. But this is no ordinary friend--Dr. Elmer sheds light on cultural mysteries. His experiences as a missionary, teacher, consultant, school administrator and quite surely a researcher who 'gets to the bottom' of the curious events that pepper these stories reveal a depth of understanding that makes this book shine.The choice of servanthood reveals the fundamental difference in Dr. Elmer's understanding of the cross-cultural situation. Others have written of the information-flow task from one culture toward another, the management dimensions of intercultural affairs and the quest for excellence in intercultural experiences. Note that each of these assumes that the intercultural encounter calls for a series of top-down skills moving from foreignness toward control. Not Duane Elmer. Choosing Christian styles and biblical sources, he develops applications of principles that ring true, reflecting the warmth and wholeness of sound interpersonal affiliation. This is the strong stuff that overcomes the differences, tensions and conflicts that otherwise will plague the intercultural environment. The key is adopting the posture, manner and style of a loyal servant."
- Publisher

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.
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Meet the Author

Duane Elmer

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

Table Of Contents

  • part I: Servanthood: Basic Perspectives
  • 1. Servanthood: Its Burden And Challenge
  • 2. Servanthood: Choosing The Towel Or The Robe
  • 3. Humility: Posture Of The Servant
  • part Ii: Servanthood: The Process
  • 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
  • part Iii: Servanthood: The Challenges
  • 11. The Servant And Leadership
  • 12. The Servant And Power
  • 13. The Servant And Mystery
  • 14. The Servant Model: Joseph
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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  • Catalogue Code 233367
  • Product Code 0830833781
  • EAN 9780830833788
  • Pages 212
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Apr 2006
  • Sales Rank #7810
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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