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CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T24 - The Individual and Global Missions

Was "Personal and Family Issues" (Sp '12)
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Hartmut Scherer

on 11 April 2017

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '17) T24 - The Individual and Global Missions

The Individual and Global Missions
Culture Shock
Causes
language
shock
Changes in
routine
Changes in
relationships
Emotional and evaluative
disorientation
If you can't watch this video, I uploaded the file to my dropbox (see link "Optional Activities" in the main class page)
Symptoms
depression
wanting to
withdraw
from people
excessive
sleeping
hanging out only with
your friends
missing favorite
food
criticizing
local people
Cycle of culture shock
The tourist stage
Disenchant-ment
Resolut-ion
Adjustment
Reverse culture shock (re-entry)
Learning to adapt to new cultures
Recognizing our anxieties
Learning the new culture
Building trust
Getting the right perspective
Satan likes to distort our thinking
talk to experienced missionaries
Dealing with stress
Set realistic goals
Learn not to take ourselves too seriously
Treat ourselves
Talk
about your observations
Beyond Culture Shock
Be compassionate
to those who struggle
Don't compare
yourself with others
Keep working at relationships
Adopted from Duane Elmer,
Cross-Cultural Connections
(IVP, 2002), 72-77.
emphasizes group decision making
Team Ministry
reflects a deeper understanding of community within the body of Christ
Provides companionship, continuity and balance
A more biblical correct model of the nature of the church
Greater objectivity in decision making
Own areas of weakness can be balanced by the abilities of others
increased potential for disharmony and disagreement
concentration of power
stifling of individuality and initiative
inflexibility
fostering of dependency
may not be suitable for pioneer work
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Successful Teams (guidelines)
- view
diversity
of a team as an
asset
- form the team
before departure
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mix
experienced with inexperienced missionaries
- have a
realistic
view in regard to
continuity
- a
true sense
of a team comes with crisis and

conflict resolution
- add
commitment
while facing the task
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know purpose
and
priorities

of the team in advance
- be willing to
give up
your
rights
Most important thoughts
exclusive focus on ministry
Living Cross-culturally as a Single
flexibility
in location and ministry assignment
can be
taken for granted
in housing and ministry
assignments
loneliness
and relational substitutes
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less financial support
required
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can develop
closer relationships
with nationals
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unfulfilled sexuality
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Be on Your Guard
get enough spiritual food
“Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. God has given us such immense freedom that he will allow us to be as miserable as we want to be. . . . At any moment in life we have at least two options, and one of them is to choose an attitude of gratitude, a posture of grace, a commitment to joy.” (Hansel 1985, 55. in A. Scott Moreau,
Introducing World Missions
, 180)
go for joy - it's your choice
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