Preparing Missionaries for Intercultural Communication

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Missionaries, while being prepared in the Bible, often receive little training in understanding the world in which we live and some experience great hardship out in the field as a result. The purpose of this book is to enable cross-cultural missionaries to be more adequately prepared for the task of intelligent communication. The author sets forth the major areas which are important in training the missionary to communicate with other cultures.

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Overview

Missionaries, while being prepared in the Bible, often receive little training in understanding the world in which we live and some experience great hardship out in the field as a result. The purpose of this book is to enable cross-cultural missionaries to be more adequately prepared for the task of intelligent communication. The author sets forth the major areas which are important in training the missionary to communicate with other cultures.

By being prepared for cross-cultural communication, the missionary will be more sensitive to the needs of others in a cross-cultural context and thereby be a better communicator of the Christian message, being less ethnocentric and more appreciative of national believers and their worldview.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878084388
  • Publisher: Carey, William Library Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1985
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Foreword ix
Preface xi
Introduction: Purpose and Scope xv
1. Understanding the Need 1
2. The Need for the Missionary to Understand the World 13
3. The Need to Understand Social Structures 33
4. The Need for Adequate Language Learning 59
5. The Need for Adequate Culture Learning 79
6. The Need to Understand the Importance of Worldview 99
7. The Need to Understand the Dynamics of Culture Change 119
8. Preparing Bicultural Missionaries 143
9. Understanding the Biblical/Theological Dimensions 163
10. Conclusions 181
Bibliography 187
Index 201
About the Author 205
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