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CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T12 - The Individual and Global Missions

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

on 12 October 2015

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T12 - The Individual and Global Missions

The Individual and Global Missions
Most important thoughts
Team Ministry
Advantages
Disadvantages
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Emphasizes group decision making
Reflects a deeper understanding of community within the body of Christ
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A more biblical correct model of the nature of the church
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Own areas of weakness can be balanced by the abilities of others
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Provides companionship, continuity and balance
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Greater objectivity in decision making
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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)
Know purpose
and
priorities
of the team in advance.
Be willing to
give up
your
rights
.
View
diversity
of a team as an
asset
.
Form the team
before departure
.
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.
Living Cross-culturally as a Single
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Can be
taken for granted
in housing and ministry
assignments
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Flexibility
in location and ministry assignment
Exclusive focus on ministry
Less financial support
required
+
Can develop
closer relationships
with nationals
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Loneliness
and relational substitutes
Unfulfilled sexuality
Culture Shock
Causes
language
shock
Changes in
routine
Changes in
relationships
Emotional and evaluative
disorientation
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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 anxities
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
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Adopted from Duane Elmer,
Cross-Cultural Connections
(IVP, 2002), 72-77.
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