Teaching across Cultures
A Global Christian Perspective
The growth of the church around the world has led to an increased need for qualified theological educators, both locally and from the global community. Yet teaching cross-culturally is fraught with overlooked challenges, and lack of cultural sensitivity can undermine educators’ credibility, distort their message, and threaten the fruit of their ministry.
Teaching across Cultures is a deeply practical guidebook for teaching theology beyond one’s own cultural context. The first section of the book provides a rich theoretical framework for cross-cultural engagement, exploring the intersections of theology, anthropology, and pedagogy. It is followed by over thirty country-specific reflections as local contributors provide practical guidelines for living, teaching, and ministering within their contexts. The only resource of its kind, this book is straightforward and easy-to-use while providing a powerful reminder that transformative teaching has humility and careful listening at its core. It is a must-read for anyone embarking on the joyful journey of cross-cultural ministry.
An exciting and valuable resource that will help cross-cultural teachers hear what Majority World educators say they need to know.
IAN PAYNE, PHD
Theologians Without Borders
More than a book about theological education or simply about education. It is a necessary resourcefor everyone who undertakes a cross-cultural task, whether teaching, missions, or business.
NORBERTO SARACCO, PHD
Facultad Interamericana de Estudios Teológicos (FIET Theological Institute)
Any given chapter in this book is worth the price of the book. Such is the quality throughout.
DUANE H. ELMER, PHD
Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, USA
For those willing to learn with humility as they serve and equip others, this book will prove to bean invaluable resource and insightful guide for effective cross-cultural teaching ministry.
PAUL BRANCH, PHD
SETECA (Central American Theological Seminary)
A must-have resource for all serious educators.
DAVID TARUS, PHD
Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa
Here – at last! – is a gently instructive “manual” for teaching with the mind of Christ: with humility.
HAVILAH DHARAMRAJ, PHD
South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, India
This book is timely planned, thoroughly researched, and concisely written to fill a huge gap in theological education.
JUNG-SOOK LEE, PHD
Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, South Korea
The authors have given us a treasure and I recommend it for any aspiring cross-cultural teacher.
FREW TAMRAT, PHD
Evangelical Theological College, Ethiopia
What a resource for every global theological educator! I wish I had read this volume before I taught my first cross-cultural theological class – I had to learn these lessons the hard way.
PAUL ALLAN CLARK, PHD
This book will be useful for anyone who wants to serve across cultures, both in the field of education and in other forms of ministries.
DWI MARIA HANDAYANI, PHD
Bandung Theological Seminary, Indonesia
Table of Contents
- Part One Teaching Cross-Culturally: Some Foundational Principles
- 1 Teaching Cross-Culturally . . . Did I Learn More Than My Students? Bob Heaton
- 2 Thinking Theologically about Teaching and Culture Bob Heaton
- 3 Three Key Cultural Parameters Perry Shaw
- 4 Communication, Language, and Cross-Cultural Teaching Perry Shaw
- 5 Challenges of Doing Student Assessment in Cross-Cultural Contexts Joanna Feliciano-Soberano
- 6 Gender Issues in Cross-Cultural Teaching Joanna Feliciano-Soberano and Perry Shaw
- 7 Emancipating Cross-Cultural Teaching Nicolás Panotto and César Lopes
- 8 Theological Humility in Cross-Cultural Teaching César Lopes
- Part Two Listening to Local Voices: Introduction
- Teaching Cross-Culturally in:
- Aotearoa New Zealand
- North-East India
- Sri Lanka
- Francophone Africa
- Benin and Togo
- Costa Rica
- Andean Peru
- Czech Republic
- For Further Reading
- Author Biographies