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Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership
A leading voice in intercultural ministry draws on biblical principles to offer a practical guide to effective multicultural leadership in a variety of settings.
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Published December 1st 2008 by Baker Academic
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This book goes in depth to the dynamics of multi-cultural teams from the dean of missions at Fuller Seminary. He brings great case studies all anchored in the value of keeping a strong purpose statement and clear communication in all the ways it can get muddled across cultures. He also takes great length to talk about the importance of empowering those you lead to fulfill their calling within the vision of the organization without using power to control them. Excellent book!
Lingenfelter merges biblical relational dynamics to real, cross-cultural, church life – serving one another in humility. Sometimes our own cultural bias and sin nature as Christian leaders blinds and prevents us from experiencing biblical community that truly inspires people, builds trust, and empowers leaders. The way forward in kingdom work is through embracing kingdom values.
As someone working with a multi-cultural team I found this book insightful, helpful and challenging. I have made many notes and am seeking to apply much of what I gained from Lingenfelter. The book focuses primarily on the foundational concept of building covenant community within the team and I would have appreciated some more practical suggestions for what to do to develop communication, trust and such within the team. But in the end I think this is a very useful book and I will almost certain ...more
"This book was one of the books that I needed to read for my Global Leadership class in my MA program. It is an incredible reader as siting one who is a leader in a Cross-Cultural context to be aware and sensitive in their approach of decision-making as well as strategic planning. The premise is not to superimpose an American style of leadership on leaders from other cultures. I had many "aha" moments reading this book and reflecting on past experiences ."