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Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership
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Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership


Baker Academic 2008

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As the US becomes more culturally diverse, cross-cultural ministry is no longer solely a concern for missionaries but also for nearly all pastors and church leaders. Of particular concern is the important issue of leadership—a difficult task made even more challenging in multicultural settings. Sherwood Lingenfelter now turns his attention and considerable experience to this crucial topic.

Cross-cultural leadership is made especially difficult by the fact that each of us brings the culture we inhabit to the role, often unknowingly. This creates blind spots and insensitivity to how others are culturally conditioned to exercise and receive leadership. Lingenfelter helps the reader understand their own leadership culture, examine it critically in light of Scripture, and become an effective learner of other cultural perspectives on leadership. He also confronts the issues of power inherent in any leadership situation. After carefully defining cross-cultural leadership, Lingenfelter unpacks and explores that definition throughout the book, with an emphasis on building communities of vision, trust, and empowerment through leadership based on biblical principles. In the end, he argues that leaders must inhabit the Gospel story to be effective cross-culturally.

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Key Features

  • Helps the reader understand their own leadership culture
  • Examines leadership culture critically in light of Scripture
  • Confronts the issues of power inherent in any leadership situation


  • What Is Leading Cross-Culturally?
  • Kingdom Vision and Work
  • Kingdom Values and Rewards
  • The Necessity of Learning
  • Covenant Community, the Highest Priority
  • Creating Covenant Community
  • Trustworthy Leadership
  • Power-Giving Leadership
  • Empowering and Mentoring
  • Responsible-To Leadership
  • Exercising Power, Asking for Correction
  • The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • The Hope of Cross-Cultural Leadership

Praise for the Print Edition

No one is better qualified to tackle the thorny challenges of cross-cultural leadership than Sherwood Lingenfelter. Forged out of Dr. Lingenfelter’s lifetime of experience in the field, in the classroom and educational administration, and in global consulting, Leading Cross-Culturally brings together a rare blend of anthropology, leadership theory, and theology that calls cross-cultural team members into covenant relationships centered on Christ and the cross. This is practical missiology at its best.

—Tom Steffen, professor of intercultural studies, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

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About Sherwood G. Lingenfelter

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter (1932–2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.