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Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World
Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike

Dr. Elmer received his doctorate. Michigan State University; he is currently a Professor of International Studies at W.

W. Aldeen at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He visited seventy-five countries and

taught on the subject. His wife was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and his wife’s mother is from Canada.

Dr. Elmer argues that those who serve tend to serve others out of their own structure or orientation. Others, as

superior, cultural imperialism, or neocolonialism, may or may not be defined as defined in the first part of the books,

and in 1-2. Those called to serve must find their example in Christ, who is true service and a perfect pattern in

Scripture, but this pattern should be followed in the role of Christ’s humble service, not in the role of the Lord and

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World
Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

Christ in chapter 3. This point is illustrated quite well with the illustration of the ministry scroll of Christ, the towel

and robe who serve must use the turkey to be in their service effectively.

In the second part, Elmer described the process of service; it sets out six principles that make up the process to be

followed. A 4-10. In Chapter Elmer, he basically explained that service is impossible unless there is an understanding

of what is the subject of service. For the service to be effective, mutual understanding is required.

To serve — a person cannot serve someone he or she cannot understand (Elmer’s first principles). Understanding —

To understand another person, you need a necessary component and you need to learn from and with them.

Learning To learn from others, you need to build trust in information. Trust- For a relationship of trust

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World
Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

to develop, a person must feel like another person. Acceptance- Communicating value and appreciation to others, a

person should welcome themselves in their presence. Openness — for openness to happen, a person must

step out of their comfort zone to maintain what they do in an environment of cultural diversity.

The last part of his book deals with service impacts in the implementation of leadership roles. He explains the

scriptural teaching of the Church, the ministry, humility, talent, and priesthood of every caller. It addresses the

counsel, challenges, and struggles that most leaders face during their missionary experiences.

It concludes the experience of Joseph and the application of these principles in 4-10. The chapter describes the proper

application of his service life. His last words are in this quote: “God calls all Christians to this life and assures us that

we will never be like Jesus as we serve” (p. 198).

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike

Elmer’s book deeply defines what the truth of being a servant means. Many try to become servants from their own

cultural point of view, but Elmer said, “When we call ourselves a servant, the shift begins, and we may believe that

everything we do from then on embodies service” (p. 17). His book is well written and well-illustrated with stories,

scripture references, and anecdotes in the ministry. The vast knowledge gained on the subject of mission and

servitude seems to be working to process and to combine his knowledge in the field of research and practical experience.

In the first part of his book, his well-known goal of slavery in the Turkish circle must be closed to be effective

in opportunities and service missions. Christ is integrated into the human race, and we are among them to be better

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World
Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

servants of the church. Elmer notices that most missionaries tend to accept his Western ideas as if they were

part of the gospel. It can recognize the pride embedded in the human heart and the need to strengthen or

revolutionize it to be effective in ministry. His methods, stories, and experiences on the subject awaken

conscience and bring question marks into the lives of those who serve or will serve shortly.

communication. The six six principles in his book are all part of what is logical and necessary to connect with people.

Missionaries and servants need to be aware that accommodating people in their presence is not enough to be

missionary discussions, teaching, and service. for life. The other five principles are acceptance, trust, learning,

Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World
Cross-Cultural Servanthood Serving World

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