World Christian Resource Directory

Cross Cultural Training

Asia: A Christian Perspective
By Mary Ann Lind
This book provides a biblical Christian worldview of the continent Asia. You see its geography as God's handiwork, its history as God's plan unfolding, its religions as a Christian challenge, its culture as part of God's diversity, and its contemporary issues as opportunity. It offers a unique understanding of Asia where two-thirds of the world's population live. It is a stimulating and a challenging reading for every Christian.

Center for Intercultural Training
Center for Intercultural Training trains and equips cross-cultural workers and their families for cross-cultural ministry. They do it by holding training programs, seminars and conferences.

Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry
By Duane Elmer
Whether at home or abroad, communicating with people of other cultures is difficult. It requires new ways of thinking and interpreting the world. When conflict arises, the issues become even more confusing. This book shows how to handle various types of conflict, effectively and positively. Numerous stories and examples enliven the text.

Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans (The Interact Series)
By Hu Wenzhong
To fathom the complex culture of China is a daunting task. This book rises to the challenge. This book offers a practical and sensitive cross-cultural analysis of Chinese culture along with insights into how to communicate and interact with Chinese people.

Ethnic Harvest
Ethnic Harvest provides resources for multicultural ministry. Resources are found on their website.

Everybody's Guide to People Watching
By Aaron Wolfgang
Everybody's Guide to People Watching sets out a step-by-step process of observing people, how they act, how they communicate. This book emphasizes the nonverbal behavior in cross-cultural interaction. It shows how culture affects people-watching. How developing your people-watching skills will enable you to function effectively in cultural contexts other than your own.

From Da to Yes: Understanding the East Europeans (Interact)
By Yale Richmond
This book presents how to understand and work with East Europeans who are moving from "Da" (subservience to the East) to "Yes" (cooperation with the West). An inventory of important customs, ways of thinking, and patterns of communication, this book is filled with sound advice on how visitors can be cross-culturally effective in working with the people they encounter.

From Nyet to Da: Understanding the new Russia
By Yale Richmond
This is a highly informative and readable book about the underlying cultural factors affecting Russian mindsets and behaviors. It is an excellent companion for anyone anticipating a trip to Russia, an indispensable tool for students, tourists, businessmen, and short-term mission participants, and provides a better understanding of Russian culture and society.

Global Opportunities
Global Opportunities is an agency which mobilizes and equips cross cultural lay witnesses or tentmakers ("Christian professionals who work in secular jobs in order to reach another people with the Gospel, by integrating work and witness").The Global Opportunities web site (see above) offers information on events, seminars, courses and resources of interest to tentmakers. GO World, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free download from the web site. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking.

Good Neighbors: Communicating with the Mexicans (Interact Series)
By John C. Condon
In this revised edition of Good Neighbors: Communicating with the Mexicans, John Condon sorts through these differences, blending historical facts and practical advice for U.S. citizens. Learn how people from both Mexico and the U.S. assess each other and how they differ in terms of age, gender, sense of individualism and identity, verbal and nonverbal behavior, the importance of family, the appreciation of time, and more.

Into Africa: Intercultural Insights (Interact Series)
By Yale Richmond and Phyllis Gestrin
This book is an invaluable source for anyone wanting to "experience" Africa. Major sections cover communal and social structures, effective interaction with Africans, workplace management, and distinctive cultural characteristics of Africa's principal regions. This book offers valuable understanding and practical insight for travelers, short-term mission leaders and team participants.

Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships [Paperback]
By Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers
This is one of the classics on cross-cultural issues. This book helps readers identify their own value biases, and thus creates in them an increased sensitivity to others. Principles for effective Christian ministry are discerned from Scripture, and then applied to the daily realities of interpersonal relationships.

Ministry at the Margins: Strategy and Spirituality for Mission [Paperback]
By Anthony J. Gittins
This book provides a profound and practical spiritual insights on cross-cultural ministry and mission, at home and abroad.
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Peter's Wife
Peter’s Wife reaches out by monthly emails and this web site to women living and working cross culturally. Living outside our own culture is stressful. Keeping a home, helping our husbands, and raising kids can be very difficult without the usual support systems of home. Peter’s Wife is written by and for those who have given up the comforts and normality of ‘home’ to serve people in a different culture.

Sharing the Truth in Love: How to Relate to People of Other Faiths
By Ajith Fernando
This outstanding cross-cultural guide to evangelism in the twenty-first century directs Christians to respond sensitively and wisely to the cultures and beliefs of non-Christians of any nation. This excellent book will convince readers of the distinctiveness of the Christian faith, and spur them to be effective witnesses for Christ in the world today.

The Art of Crossing Cultures
By Craig Storti
Most people who go abroad to serve, live or work genuinely want to adapt to the local culture. Very few of them do. True cultural adjustment and effective cross-cultural interaction is more elusive than might be imagined. This book shows how it can be done.

The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission and Appropriation of Faith
By Andrew Walls
This book by Andrew Walls is a collation of his journal articles which is divided into three. First, the transmission of the Christian faith across cultural demographics in the past. Second, the historical aspects of African Church. And lastly, glimpses of western missionary movement.

The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning
By Daniel J. Hess
Breaking through the cultural filter that most travelers have is a real challenge specially if one is not adaptive and flexible in understanding the culture he/she is currently immersed. Helping one cope with the difficulties in cross-cultural exposure and establishing the way of true learning is the main purpose of this book.

The Whole World Guide to Language Learning
By Terry Marshall Learning/dp/0933662750
Using the daily learning cycle and getting a mentor are some of the steps detailed in this book that anyone that plans to travel will have an easy learning approach that is based on the reader's capacity to learn.

TRAIN International
TRAIN International equips individuals and teams to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. TRAIN International also offers coaching to churches that are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Our goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry.

Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Missions
By Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
In this finely crafted book Sherwood Lingenfelter lays solid theoretical foundations for analyzing many of the intercultural misunderstandings that emerge in the everyday lives of those in global ministries. By careful analysis of case studies, the author helps us apply these insights to our ministries, and guides us to biblically-based and culturally sensitive responses to the difficult issues raised by cultural differences. This is essential reading for all entering intercultural ministry."

Turning Bricks into Jade: Critical Incidents for Mutual Understanding among Chinese and Americans
By Mary Margaret Wang, Richard Brislin, Wei-zhong Wang, David Williams, Julie Haiyan Chao
In this book, forty-one examples are presented of dilemmas or misunderstandings brought about by cultural differences in expectations and behavior. Each incident is followed by a discussion of the possible solutions, which are concise cross-cultural lessons in themselves. Concepts useful to understanding Chinese-American interaction are given.

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