Cross-Cultural Mission

This postgraduate unit  explores worldview and intercultural communication from theological and practical perspectives. It examines the biblical precedents for cross-cultural mission, develops a theology of cross-cultural ministry and mission, provides an understanding of culture and worldview, models of culture types, identifies personal culture and worldview, culture shock and reverse culture shock, communication theory: dangers of miscommunication, 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 church and culture and contextualisation, indigenisation and enculturation in cross-cultural ministry and mission

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Christian Life and Ministry

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. examine the concept of culture, and explain principles of cross-cultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theological and theoretical foundations of intercultural ministry and mission, with reference to recent developments in the field
  3. analyse a range of cross-cultural situations, discerning assumptions and values underlying surface cultural forms and behaviour
  4. develop culturally sensitive strategies for dealing with the complexities of cross-cultural ministry and mission
  5. apply principles learned in this unit to strengthening Christian ministry and mission in cross-cultural setting.
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