BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY"
DMSC 920: Communicating Christ: Barriers and Bridges
Name: Lalrosiem Songate
Book Title: CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY Author: Duane Elmer
Publisher: IVP Academic an imprint of Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Overall Purpose of the Book:
The purpose of the book as explained by the writer himself is " to clarify issues in intercultural and interracial conflict, to provide insights on the different ways people of various cultures handled conflict, to evaluate these according to the Scripture and to provide practical guidelines for (1) helping us live more harmoniously with our cultural differences, (2) developing a positive strategy for dealing with conflict and (3)communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ more effectively and ministering the nurturing grace of God" (p.22).
Contents of the Book:
The book is divided into three sections. Section-I talks about Understanding Conflict and Culture. Section-II talks about Cultural Diversity and Conflict Resolution and section-III talks about the Implication for the Gospel message.
The first section talks about the fact of cultural diversity and that this diversity is the creation of God Himself. "After completing the creation, God looked around, saw a vast array of diversity in all he had created and declared it "very good" (Gen.1:31). Diversity is rooted in the creative activity of God" (p.23). Naturally diversity is likely to breed conflict and division but the unity in the midst of diversity is what brings out the glory of God. Christians need to see the diverse culture and the potential for conflict that such diversity can bring about but at the same time learned to be equipped to promote unity in diversity according to the will of God.
The second section deals with the role of mediator in conflict resolution which is used effectively in the Asian and...