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Intercultural Competence


Author: Michael K. Chu

Published: 2019

ISBN: 978-0-9945726-4-6


    Cultural Intelligence, Pastoral Leadership, and the Chinese Church

    Intergenerational cultural differences present serious challenged for effective teamwork, sustainable leadership, congregational unity and membership retention. Using historical and empirical research, Dr Michael Chu reveals the relatively low levels of cross-cultural competence among the pastors of Chinese churches in Sydney, and identifying the key factors that hinder cultural competency and conflict resolution: non-communication, language deficiency and low self-reflection. Using Cultural Intelligence as a theoretical framework for analysing and understanding the cultural factors beneath intergenerational leadership conflict, the book makes practical recommendations for pastoral leaders, theological educators and mission agencies for improving intercultural competence within Chinese Christian communities.

    “Extensive research, coupled with years of experience in applying the gospel of reconciliation to the complexities of cross-cultural and cross-generational ministry, makes Intercultural Competence a rich and valuable contribution to all engaged in God’s ongoing mission”John Dickson, Co-Chairman of Pioneers International Foundation, Thailand

    Intercultural Competence should find itself in the hands of both practitioners and theoreticians involved in this area of ministry and research.” – David W Pao, Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA

    MICHAEL K. CHU is Assistant Professor of Practical Studies at China Graduate School of Theology (CGST), Hong Kong. He gained his DMin from Australian College of Theology – Morling College. Before moving into theological education, Dr Chu spent 25 years in pastoral ministry and was Senior Minister of Northern District Chinese Christian Church Sydney. Prior to his theological studies, he was engaged in student ministry with the Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Hong Kong


    Weight: 530g
    Dimensions: 21cm x 15cm x 2cm
    Publisher: Morling Press
    Date of Publication: 2019
    ISBN: 978-0-9945726-4-6