LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DIVINTYGospel PresentationSubmitted to Professor John Puigin partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of201920 GLST220-B07Intercultural Communication and Engagementby Tyler FarmerMarch 4th, 2019.
Background InformationThe person I will sharing with you is the drummer from the praise band at my church. Hisname is Ossi. Ossi is from Schongau, Bavaria, Germany. He is 62, male, and lived in Germany for the first 30 years of his life. He is of a German descent. He has catholic roots but is new to Christianity. In the area he grew up was primarily Catholic, He was a practicing Catholic when he was younger but as he became a teenager, he slowly stopped practicing. He didn’t really become a Christian until later in life when someone invited him to attend our church. He has an understanding of who Jesus is, but it is very minimal at best. He understands that Jesus died on the cross but doesn’t quite understand the magnitude of it. Despite his newness to Christianity he felt that it was important that his kids have a foundation in the church. Like I said Ossi and I are in the praise band together. Him on drums and myself on electric guitar. He and I manly talk about the songs that we play and help guide each other with the musical aspect. We will also talk about soccer, or in his case football. As we both have a love for the game. He will also share withme about his German roots as my family heritage has German roots as well. Elements of CommunicationIt is often perceived that German people are “rude” due to the directness in the way they communicate. Typically, German people will go straight to the point and be very direct in what they say. For instance, if you are critiquing someone on something. Many Americans would try to come across as polite and try to comfort them while explaining what they can do better. In Germany when you have made a mistake or need guidance, they are more tough on how to solve whatever issue they have. In the United States, this normally would be portrayed as rude or 1
insensitive. In Germany this is directness is considered a sign of respect. Often German people would much rather you get to the point that you are trying to make because it shows that you respect the person you are speaking too. In Germany they also tend to show what we could consider “less humility” when speaking. Germans often talk about themselves in a way that many Americans would consider arrogant. If Americans try to show humility in the way we speak about ourselves, it can come across as disrespectful. Simply because they would believe that they are not taking the conversation seriously. German people except confidence when you are having a conversation, not being afraid that you might come across as arrogant or direct.