Leading Across Cultures
Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church
The worldwide church is more interconnected than ever before. Africans work with Australians in India. Koreans plant churches in London and Los Angeles. But globalization creates challenges, since different cultures often have conflicting assumptions about leadership values and styles. Missiologist James E. Plueddemann presents a road map for cross cultural 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 future of the global church depends on effective multicultural leadership. 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.
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by James E. Plueddemann
James E. Plueddemann is Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, serving on the TEDS faculty since 2004. Dr. Plueddemann has degrees from Wheaton College (B.A., M.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). He has extensive experience in both missions and education. He was Director of Theological Education for ECWA in Nigeria during the 1970s, the chair of the Department of Christian Education and Educational Ministries at Wheaton College during the 1980s/90s, and the International Director of SIM from 1993 to 2003. He has taught in many countries and written extensively. Dr. Plueddemann and his wife, Carol, have two children. He co-authored God’s Heart for the World: Missionary Themes from Genesis to Revelation with Carol.