Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry

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With the publication of Ministering Cross-Culturally and Transforming Culture, Sherwood Lingenfelter has established himself as one of the leading evangelical cultural anthropologists. Building on that reputation, in Agents of Transformation he helps both missionaries and church planters become aware of how the gospel cuts across cultural biases. Agents of Transformation is a companion volume to Transforming Culture. Whereas the latter volume provides the theoretical framework for understanding culture, the ...
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Overview

With the publication of Ministering Cross-Culturally and Transforming Culture, Sherwood Lingenfelter has established himself as one of the leading evangelical cultural anthropologists. Building on that reputation, in Agents of Transformation he helps both missionaries and church planters become aware of how the gospel cuts across cultural biases. Agents of Transformation is a companion volume to Transforming Culture. Whereas the latter volume provides the theoretical framework for understanding culture, the former offers research tools that will enable missionaries to ascertain their own cultural biases as well as those among whom they are ministering. Lingenfelter urges missionaries to resolve conflicts and develop ministry strategies within the structure of the indigenous culture with a view toward eventually transforming it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801020681
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Transforming Culture, Agents of Transformation, Ministering Cross-Culturally (with Marvin K. Mayers), and Teaching Cross-Culturally (with Judith E. Lingenfelter) as well as several volumes on anthropology.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
1 Market, Government, Mosque, and Church: The Social Contexts of Change 13
2 The Five Social "Ways of Life" 23
3 Understanding Social Environment 35
4 Property Interests and Cultural Bias 43
5 Labor Interests and Cultural Bias 62
6 Exchange Interests and Cultural Bias 80
7 Family Authority and Cultural Bias 97
8 Community Authority and Cultural Bias 121
9 Conflict, Political Interests, and Cultural Bias 144
10 Ritual, Social Interests, and Cultural Bias 165
11 Cosmology and Cultural Bias 186
12 Cultural Bias in a Mission Organization 206
13 Ideas and Interests: The Dynamics of Culture 216
14 A Pilgrim Lifestyle in Economic Relations 234
15 A Pilgrim Lifestyle in Family and Community 247
16 Agents of Transformation 262
References 276
Index 279
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