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.
Four introductory ideas are presented: God is active in human communication, communication is based on what people hold “in common,” communication is highly creative, and the measure of communication is what the listener/audience ended up understanding.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AS INVOLVEMENT
This session discusses and applies the foundational idea of human communication, that communication is involvement.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AS A PROCESS
Communication is best seen as a process over time instead of discrete exchanges. This session builds and applies that idea to intercultural situations.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND MENTAL MODELS
A perspective on communication that seeks to match the mental model of the audience with the “picture” in the mind of the communicator. This concept calls for generous, ample communication and life involvement as foundational to healthy, effective communication.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND PERCEPTIONS
An examination of the importance of recognizing the perception of the audience towards the speaker and the speaker towards the audience.
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND MULTIPLE AUDIENCES
Virtually all human communication includes more than one audience. Becoming aware of various secondary audiences helps to avoid mis-communications
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
While we often think of communication as directed towards specific individuals, in fact, all human communication takes place within networks of people who routinely interact. This session will explain and apply this concept.
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.