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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINITYBook Application: Christian Intercultural Communication AssignmentSubmitted to Dr Mark AveryIn partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion ofGLST 650 – B04Intercultural CommunicationbyKingsley O. NyakagwaJune 13, 2021
ContentsIntroduction..................................................................................................................................1Critical Review.............................................................................................................................2Five Application Lessons.............................................................................................................3Putting God First..................................................................................................................3Embrace Culture Shock.......................................................................................................3The Value of Contextualization...........................................................................................4Managing Intercultural Conflict..........................................................................................4Listening (Verbal and Nonverbal Communication).............................................................5Conclusion.....................................................................................................................................5Bibliography.................................................................................................................................7ii
IntroductionSharing the gospel can have many challenges and difference in culture is one of thesechallenges. Nevertheless, since God has created humanity with rays of diversity and given acommand to his followers to go to every part of the world, missionaries often find themselves inunfamiliar territory. That territory beyond and above is not just about the geographical location.It is a cultural territory. Christ's followers must negotiate shared meanings as they cross cultures.How well they understand the recipient culture determines how effective they will communicatethe gospel and how the people in the foreign land would receive this message.For this reason, C. Tim Chang and Ashley E. Chang have written a book known asChristian Intercultural Communication. In this book, they demonstrate how to share the gospelwith people of other cultures. For the Changs, Christian Intercultural Communication meansbeing salt and light of the world and loving others even when believers themselves cannotfathom doing so.1The purpose of this paper is to state the application of the lessons drawn out from thisbook. By discussing five key lessons learned from this book, the author shall demonstrate howthey relate to his current and future ministry. In this paper, intercultural communication isdefined as the symbolic exchange process whereby individuals from two (or more) differentcultural communities attempt to negotiate shared meanings in an interactive situation within anembedded societal system.21C. Tim Chang and Ashley E. Chang. Christian Intercultural Communication: How to Share God's Lovewith People of Other Cultures (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2021), 17.2Stella T. Toomey and Leeva C. Chung.Understanding Intercultural Communication. 2nd ed. (New York:Oxford University Press, 2012), 24.

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