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Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission, 2nd ed.
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Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission, 2nd ed.


Baker 1998

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Sherwood Lingenfelter sets out a model for understanding the workings of a society and then applies this model to conflicts missionaries and nationals often face over economic and social issues, such as property, labor and productivity, generosity and exchange, and authority in the family and community. Utilizing a plethora of case studies and personal anecdotes, he identifies the root of the conflicts and contradictory assumptions that make it difficult for missionaries and nationals to work together, and guides readers to solutions for transforming culture.

The author explains that the cross-cultural worker-’vangelist, church planter, teacher, nurse, community developer, linguist, literacy worker, or translator—will discover the social roots of interpersonal conflict endemic to living and working with people of different cultural and social heritages. When we carefully examine ourselves, we shall be forced to admit that, more often than not, we conform theology to practice; we perceive the kingdom of God on earth in our own cultural terms.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on the conflicts such as economic and social issues
  • Utilizes a plethora of case studies and personal anecdotes
  • Guides readers to solutions for transforming culture


  • Transferring or Transforming Culture?
  • A Model for Analysis of Social Order
  • Property: The Silent Enemy of Church Growth
  • Labor and Productivity: Divisive Values in Mission
  • Generosity and Exchange: The Stone of Stumbling in Interpersonal Relationships
  • Authority and Family: The Foundation of Social Order
  • Authority and Community: The Context of Local Churches
  • Disputes, Conflicts, and Communication: To Command or to Serve?
  • Transforming Culture

Praise for the Print Edition

Transforming Culture is creatively and incisively written. It is highly recommended to those studying the relationship of Christianity and culture and to missionaries working cross-culturally.

Rheenen Restoration Quarterly

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About Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.