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The challenge of communicating the gospels across

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The Challenge of Communicating the Gospels across different culturesLack of CQ UnderstandingI have been working with a team of diverse individuals to conduct visitation within ourcommunity.In his book, Lingenfelter writes, “leading cross-culturally is inspiringpeople whocome from two or more cultural traditions to participate with you in building a community oftrust, and then to follow you and be empowered by you to achieve a compelling vision of faith.”14As we have been building a network of trust among ourselves wasn't easy at first, in light of thefact that nearly everyone is accustomed to their own way of life in their culture. We as a one unitneeded to allow ourselves to be able to trust one another by being open with our thoughts andfeelings towards life in general and our personal world that we live in. Second, as we started toextend outwardly into different societies for the gospel, we started to experience disagreements12Sherwood G. Lingenfelter,Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for EffectiveChristian Leadership(Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008).13Ibid.14 Lingenfelter,Leading Cross-Culturally, 155.Italicsin original.10
among others.From what we saw as a group, individuals were not receiving the gospel as wethought. Nevertheless, we understood that it was not the message of Christ being presented thatwas the issue, but us as a group that wasn't being received.We came to realize as Livermorestated, “A culturally intelligent leader will learn to identify the personal quirks andcharacteristics of individuals versus those that fit cultural norms.”15Our lack of CQunderstanding was on full display as the realization crept in that we needed to take a few stepsback and know who we were confronting in these situations.What we realized is that we wereentering societies that we didn't understand, we thought the gospel was all that was required forreaching the hearts of these people in the community.Misapplication of Non-Verbal CommunicationAll things considered; our message was being hampered due to our inability to know theculture's group activities.Members of our visitation team were noticeably discomforted in theculture's social norms.Having this type of baggage hurt our purpose to serve others inside thecommunity.As Elmer states in the text, “Servanthood is culturally defined – that is, servingmust be sensitive to the cultural landscape while remaining true to the Scripture.”16As wereturned home, we assessed the material and realized that we were weighing people down with alot of information.Nonverbal communication can be in the form of physical appearance,gestures, haptics or touch behaviors, and boundary regulations. When a church or its leaders failto handle nonverbal communication appropriately, it can create a barrier or a challenge in sharingthe gospel across cultures. Let us take physical appearances for example. Every culture hasdifferent norms about physical appearance etc. We as a church must understand the cultural

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