multicultural-leadership

Power and Wealth

As we seek to understand and properly approach the cultural and power dynamics intercultural leaders face, we soon come across the topic of riches. The Oxford dictionary defines riches as “an abundance of valuable possessions or money” or “plentiful supplies of a particular resource.” Before going deeper into the subject, it is necessary to begin …

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Power and Languacultue

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same thing, but learning another way to think about things. Flora Lewis Languaculture, coined by American linguistic anthropologist Michael Agar, means that a language includes elements such as grammar and vocabulary and past knowledge, local and cultural information, habits, and behaviour. (Agar, 2008) Languaculture …

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Power and Gender

To seek to understand the cultural and power dynamics at play by learning and engaging fully with the topic of gender, we will examine it through the lens of the four areas of the grand metanarrative of scripture: Creation, The Fall, Reconciliation, and Oneness in Gospel Witness in God’s Kingdom. Let’s start with creation. Creation: …

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Us versus Them

A note on wellbeing… We want to acknowledge that conversations about ethnicity and race can be draining for our staff members experiencing personal and/or systemic prejudice. Here is a brief word from Latasha Morrison’s “Be The Bridge” Foundation in the United States about the impact of prejudice-driven trauma. We especially encourage staff members who have …

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Who decides?

Culture and Decision Making Decisions are often the building blocks of our leadership. Our culture influences our drive to make decisions, communications about decisions, and the decision-making process. How we navigate cross-cultural and intercultural decision-making will significantly impact our and our team’s effectiveness and will help maximise our diversity as a strength. Watch the following …

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Biblical Standards and Cultures

Biblical Standards versus Personal versus Organisational versus National Culture We have spent time learning and thinking about our worldview and values. We want to step back and reflect on how we experience them in everyday life. That includes wrestling with how biblical standards relate to personal, organisational, and national cultural expressions and thinking about how …

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Identifying Worldview

Our values and beliefs have a massive impact on how we live our lives and make our choices. Although if we dig deep enough, we will discover our worldview, the underlying bedrock of how we view the world around us. Kenneth Funk, Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University in the USA, summarised worldview in the …

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The Distance Between Us

You may be serving on an intercultural team when a German teammate arrives the minute the Zoom room opens while your Ecuadorian teammate is 20 minutes late. Your South Korean teammates invite you out for a meal at a regional gathering after discussing a strategic partnership, but you have other important plans. What would declining …

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Multiculturalism as a Strength

Now that we’ve finished the Biblical Foundation section of this course, we are going to begin the next section: Skills and Tools Leading to Practical Actions    Watch for the icons below as they guide us through the content. Skills & Tools Practical Actions The skills we explore in this section are not solely useful …

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Oneness in Gospel Witness

Why strive for cross-cultural learning and missions? There’s a great temptation in ministry today to be driven by sheer demographics and strategy. As a global leadership community, we may be tempted to ask only the pragmatic question, “How will we reach every person in the world?” without the culture question. However, God challenges us to …

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Reconciliation

Unity in Diversity Restored Jesus died and rose to create a community of redeemed people from every tribe, language, and nation. Christ’s work of redemption accomplishes “vertical” reconciliation between God’s people and “horizontal” reconciliation among different people groups that had enmity towards one another. Through the cross, Christ creates a new humanity by breaking down …

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The Fall

THE FALL: Unity in Diversity Shattered(30-minute personal reflection) When sin entered human history, it forever changed the way we relate to one another. Evidence of civilisations and kingdoms promoting exploitative economic, political and legal systems are in every culture’s history. (Isaiah 10, Amos 2, Hab. 1.) It is worth your time as a leader to …

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Creation

We see God’s cultural design woven through our origins as Imago Dei, God’s image-bearers. In Genesis 1:28, God calls humanity to live as stewards of creation, to “fill the earth and subdue it.” As God’s image-bearers, Adam and Eve extended God’s creative work by engaging in what theologians call “The Cultural Mandate.”

Introduction

A Biblical Foundation Embracing God’s Multicultural Design with my Whole Self Our global movement exists to help fulfil the Great Commission. The task of taking the gospel message to all nations requires crossing cultures and working together interculturally for the glory of God. But even more, multiculturalism is part of God’s intentional and good design, …

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Getting Started

Before you start on the journey through this Introduction to Intercultural Leadership module, it is important to begin by deepening your understanding of who you are and where you have come from. To this end, there are three things to do as “prework” for embarking on the journey together. Now, let’s take a look at …

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Overview

Module Structure The Introduction to Intercultural Leadership is structured in three parts. God’s Multicultural Design Skills & Tools Practical Actions However, these parts are interdependent. The Biblical Foundation of God’s Multicultural Design will weave throughout the module, and the Practical Actions will be a direct response to the Skills & Tools explored. This is not …

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