Leading Across Cultures

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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The worldwide church is more interconnected than ever before, with missionaries going from everywhere to everywhere. Africans work with Australians in India. Koreans plant churches in London and Los Angeles. But globalization also creates challenges for crosscultural tension and misunderstandings, as different cultures have conflicting assumptions about leadership values and styles.Missiologist James E. Plueddemann presents a roadmap for crosscultural leadership development in the global church. With keen understanding of current research on cultural dynamics, he integrates theology with leadership theory to apply biblical insights to practical issues in world mission.Savvy discernment of diverse cultural underpinnings allows multicultural teams to work together with mutual respect for more effective ministry. The author shows how leaders can grow from an individualistic egocentric practice of leadership to a more global-centric approach.The future of the global church depends on effective multicultural leadership. God has called people from various contexts to minister and lead in every land for the sake of the gospel. Whether you are teaching English in China, directing information technology in Africa or pastoring a multiethnic church in North America, discover how you can better work and lead across cultures.

Author Biography

James E. Plueddemann (Ph.D., Michigan State) is professor and chair of the mission and evangelism department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He previously served as international director of SIM (Serving in Mission) and spent many years as a missionary in Nigeria, where he was director of the Christian education department for the Evangelical Church of West Africa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Multicultural Leadership in the Worldwide Churchp. 17
Leadership for a New Day in World Missionsp. 19
My Pilgrimage in Leadershipp. 31
Why Crosscultural Leadership?p. 46
Leadership and Culturep. 61
Leadership, Cultural Values and the Biblep. 63
Leadership and Contextp. 77
Leadership and Powerp. 92
Leadership and Individualismp. 112
Leadership and Ambiguityp. 127
Contextualizing Leadershipp. 149
A Theology of Leadershipp. 151
A Theory of Leadershipp. 168
Global Leadership in Practicep. 185
Developing Vision and Strategyp. 187
Developing Global Leadersp. 200
Epilogue: Leadership in the Global Churchp. 211
Notesp. 217
Recommended Readingp. 227
Indexp. 229
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