Saturday, August 1, 2009

Three books for fitting in cross-culturally

Missions is evangelism, but it has a cross-cultural component. Missions entails crossing an ethno-linguistic barrier with the Gospel.

Therefore, a missionary must not only understand theology, they must be able to adapt in another culture and understand how theology applies across cultural barriers (all too often we export American theology without adequately understanding how much of what we value and do is actually culture and not Gospel). A missionary must not only be solid theologically, they must be a hearty and adaptable individual in order to be effective despite the rigors of culture shock and culture stress.

Here are 3 books to help one cope cross-culturally.

Cross-Cultural Connections by Duane Elmer,

Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer


Ministering Cross-Culturally by Sherwood Lingenfelter.


  1. I really liked "Anthropological Insights for Missionaries" by Paul Hiebert.

  2. I also liked his "Case Studies in Missions" which maybe I should also post about. It shows that the answers are not always pat but difficult sometimes.