Leading Cross-Culturally Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership

ISBN-10: 0801036054

ISBN-13: 9780801036057

Edition: 2008

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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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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter is an American minister and cultural anthropologist who emphasizes the need for contemporary missionaries to understand the cultures in which they work. Born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania in 1941, Lingenfelter was licensed as an Elder by the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches in 1962. He earned a B.A. in English literature from Wheaton College in 1963 and then began studying cultural anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, he served as assistant pastor at the First Brethren Church of W. Kittanning, Pennsylvania. After earning his doctorate in cultural anthropology in 1971, Lingenfelter became a consultant, lecturer and workshop leader for Brethren missions, addressing topics such as understanding political and social organization in other cultures. He worked in Guatemala, Brazil, Malaysia, West Africa, the Philippines, New Guinea and Yap, Western Caroline Islands. In 1983, he became professor of intercultural studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he was appointed provost and senior vice-president in 1988. Lingenfelter's first books were "Political Development in Micronesia" (co-edited with Daniel T. Hughes, 1974) and "Yap: Political Leadership and Cultural Change in an Island Society" (1975). In his recent works - which include "Transforming Culture: Challenge for Christian Mission" (1992) and "Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry" (1996) - he stresses that both missionaries and those they serve may have cultural biases, but the Christian gospel transcends them. Lingenfelter has written that "more often than not, we conform theology to practice; we perceive the kingdom of God on earth in our own cultural terms."

What Is Leading Cross-Culturally?
Inspiring People
Kingdom Vision and Work
Kingdom Values and Rewards
Building Trust
The Necessity of Learning
Covenant Community, the Highest Priority
Creating Covenant Community
Trustworthy Leadership
Pathways to Empower
Power-Giving Leadership
Empowering and Mentoring
Responsible-To Leadership
Exercising Power, Asking for Correction
Leading Cross-Culturally
The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Leadership
The Hope of Cross-Cultural Leadership
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