“Stay within your own cultural tribe and space, and make disciples of all those who are like you!”
Fortunately, this is not what Jesus commands us to do! Rather, he commands us to leave what is otherwise culturally comfortable in order to make disciples as we live among all people, no matter who the are or from where they come (Matthew 28:19,20). Interacting positively with diverse people whether at home or abroad, will require us to improve cross-cultural communication skills. If we’re not willing to communicate with diverse others across the street, what makes us think we can do so across an ocean? In fact, if we’re not willing to communicate with diverse others in the streets, what makes us think we will do so in the pews?
Developing good cross-cultural communication skills requires for us to understand the difference between what is being said and what we are hearing when interacting with those from ethnic cultures different from our own. Learning to communicate cross-culturally will help us develop authentic relationships of transparency and trust across cultural divides. Only then we can learn the unspoken rules of other cultures as well as to avoid frustrations or hurt feelings. As a movement, we at The Nett Church want to create an environment when we learn to communicate with one another using a language grounded in the Gospel.
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