We are called to go and make disciples. For some of you that means going to cultures different than your own. The series of courses in this area of study will help equip you to engage in this kind of gospel-centered, transformational ministry in an intercultural context. You will become acquainted with the basic ideas, skills, and attitudes needed for healthy relationships and culturally appropriate ministry.
These courses are best experienced together, in sequence. They are all taught by Dr. Mark Hedinger, the Executive Director of CultureBound. Dr. Hedinger has been involved in missions, mission leadership, and intercultural training for many years.
Discussion of the concept of culture as it relates to the idea of making disciples who obey all that the Lord taught us.
UNDERSTANDING HOW PEOPLE DIFFER
Avoiding the use of metaphors, this session simply discusses how human life and behavior varies from one group of people to another.
BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURE AND TRANSFORMATION
Based on verses from Romans 8 and Romans 12, we consider how transformation takes place, and why an understanding of culture is important for making disciples.
THE CORE OF THE CULTURAL ONION
Using the metaphor of onion, this session gives detailed consideration of the deepest part of the culture: the worldview level of assumptions about the nature of life and how people should respond to it.
THE EXPERTS THAT BIND PEOPLE TOGETHER
Looking at another level of the cultural onion, this session considers the importance of history, environment and personal experience in understanding a culture.
THE AUTHORITIES AND STRUCTURE THAT BIND PEOPLE TOGETHER
Further outside on the “onion” we discuss government, social networks, and economic systems that join people together.
CULTURE MAPPING AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD
This session concludes the course, tying together the concepts of the culture map with issues of syncretism and discipleship.
The author of this course is Dr. Mark Hedinger, Executive Director of CultureBound, a ministry that prepares people for life and work in an unfamiliar language and culture. The goal for this CLD course is to offer practical help for those whose ministry includes crossing culture and language boundaries. Whether you serve as a traditional missionary, part of a multicultural church, or in a professional marketplace role, these concepts will help you to better understand and disciple the people you have been sent to serve. Mark’s experiences and training include 12 years of traditional mission service followed by six years in mission leadership. In 2008 he moved into full time training work that over the years has prepared men and women from the US, Peru, Egypt, Argentina, Uganda, Mexico, Panama and many other nations for intercultural ministry. Mark ministers routinely in English and in Spanish. For more information, you can reach Dr. Hedinger at mark.hedinger@CultureBound.org, or visit the ministry website:CultureBound.org.