Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry

The unit explores culture, worldview and intercultural communication from theological and practical perspectives. It will assist students in effective cross-cultural ministry.

This unit 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; and identifying and dealing with prejudice, racism and cross-cultural conflict.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the concept of culture and some basic principles of cross-cultural communication;
  2. describe the biblical foundations of cross cultural ministry;
  3. develop skill in analysing cross-cultural situations;
  4. suggest ways to cope with the complexities of cross-cultural ministry;
  5. apply a basic understanding of culture and worldview to the communication of Christian faith across cultural barriers.
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