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Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry Paperback – January 21, 1994
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"This book should be required reading for any person involved in or entering into cross-cultural ministry. It also has enormous value for anyone interested in building healthy relationships to serve God more effectively, wherever they may be." (Luis Bush, formerly international director, AD 2000 & Beyond Movement)
"Every cross-cultural worker and those who live in cross-cultural communities will find this book informative and helpful in adjusting to another culture." (Bong Rin Ro, Overseas Missionary Fellowship)
"Elmer has addressed the basic problem behind 90% of all my frustrations as a mission executive. I highly recommend the book as required reading. . . . Thank you for this most important contribution to world mission." (James E. Plueddemann, SIM International)
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The first section of the book deals with understanding conflict and culture. This deals with the subject in a general way. He looks at five popular western ways of approaching a troublesome situation: win-lose, avoidance, giving in, compromise, and carefronting. He suggests that all are western and need to be modified in other cultures. The second section gets to the heart of the matter and provides information on using mediation and mediators; the one-down position and vulnerability; storytelling and proverbs; and inaction, misdirection, silence, and indefinite persons. A number of cultures are used as examples: African, Middle Eastern, and Asian.
The third and final section provides a series of principles which are in wide use such as speak to the problem, not the person. The conclusion consists of ten general rules and eight principles for dealing with cross-cultural conflict. On the whole, a book well worth reading.
Duane Elmer first helps Americans understand their own typical conflict resolution style. Then he surveys conflict resolution styles of non-Western cultures. More than that, he shows how the Bible upholds each of these styles as viable options for conflict resolution.
The first section stresses that learning to live harmoniously with people is an issue of learning to accept cultural differences and remembering the importance of unity as taught in the Bible. It is important to remember that God places a high priority on the importance of relationships and if we fail to reflect God's heart in this area we will risk undermining our ability to effectively communicate the gospel.
The second section of the book offers several strategies for positively dealing with conflict. Elmer's approach is for the missionary to utilize the method of dealing with conflict in the particular cultural setting one is in. It is important to realize the there is no necessarily one right way of handling conflict but rather different ways. The missionary needs to place a higher priority on relationships than winning and learn to use culturally appropriate means of conflict resolution.
The final sections give very practical guidelines in the form of principles for managing conflict. Elmer offers ten general rules for dealing with conflict along with eight principles for dealing with cross-cultural resolution. These steps when used together allow for the effective building of relationships and allows for the possibility of the gospel message to bring healing in various cultures around the world.
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Purchased this from my grandson's wish list when he was attending Bible College.Published 4 months ago by SCV Grandma
An excellent book for insight into the perspective of people in other cultures and their view the world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Flora Tacquard
I learned so much about myself and my culture, my mindset, and how it differs from that of people in Eastern cultures. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sarah King
I read this book as an assignment for becoming a full-time missionary. I found it accurate, but hard to read. It was boring. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Jo A. Williams
This book is great for anyone working with persons of other cultural backgrounds, not only for those in Christian ministry. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I don't have the book with me as I write, but it is an excellent tool for anyone who works cross-culturally. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by E. Roby