Over the next few weeks we’re going to dive a little deeper to discuss various aspects of culture that affect our communication as we do this we we need to remember that culture is a lot more than what we can just see on the surface think about an iceberg when you look at an iceberg actually what you’re seeing is only a small percentage of the actual mass of eyes that’s floating in the water there’s only a little bit that’s floating on top of the war water and then it goes really deep below that is the same thing with culture many people when they define culture they’ll be pointing out things that you can actually see and describe really easily and so you might hear something like the 4 F.’s and I’m talking about food faith flags and festivals they may be in talk about how people dress or what music they listen to or what language they speak those are really easy things to identify with culture I love talking about these things I absolutely love seeing the creativity of God as he has created each of us to be unique and it’s so fun to explore those different aspects of culture. But there’s so much more to culture than that and so we want to take it to a little deeper level a lot of times when people begin to learn about culture they may be able to take it down to the next step and go a little deeper they might actually start talking about communication differences they may say something to the effect of that person is from a culture that is always late or they may say something like that person is always cold and very direct in their communication they must be from somewhere else or maybe the opposite to shew maybe they say something to the effect of I wish that person would just get to the point and stop talking in circles right and so there’s always different things that we can explore in just communication but as we do that most of the time some of those initial thoughts about those things come from a very ethnocentric perspective and what that means is that it comes from a perspective of mine my perspective is right and they’re wrong in that but as we develop our cultural intelligence will begin to explore cultural value orientations and see that maybe it’s not wrong but it’s just a different and we could begin to navigate better how to communicate effectively with people who maybe can communicate a little differently than we do.
The Gospel Communication Project allows you to apply the principles of Cultural Intelligence to a specific cross-cultural evangelistic encounter. As a cumulative project throughout the course (with a research assignment, a grand narrative outline, and a video presentation), you will research the cultural elements of a specific country, consider how those cultural elements will affect a person’s understanding of the gospel message, create a plan for communicating effectively with a person from a specific culture, and present the story of God through video as you would if you were able to share the gospel with someone from that culture. Also, as you craft a story of the grand narrative to effectively communicate it in a specific culture, you will gain a deeper understanding of the story of God and gain confidence in sharing the gospel with others.
Use the provided worksheet to complete your cultural intelligence research assignment. You will:
- Identify a country to research and the cultural cluster it belongs to.
- Discuss CQ Drive by identifying your motivations for sharing the gospel and the ways CQ can help you to be effective in communication.
- Discuss CQ Knowledge by identifying 3 cultural systems, 5 cultural value orientations, and 3 socio-linguistic characteristics, and sharing how these elements of culture might affect someone’s understanding of the gospel.
- Discuss CQ Strategy by sharing how you will craft your gospel presentation using the knowledge you have gained about the culture.
- Discuss CQ Action by reflecting on the ways you can check for understanding of your listener and adhere to the socio-linguistic norms of the culture.
- Support your writing with adequate research from a variety of sources.
Completing Your Cultural Intelligence Research Assignment
You should use the provided worksheet to complete your assignment by typing in the white boxes on the worksheet.
- Each section of the worksheet provides writing prompts, and instructions for word count and necessary citations.
- You should write in complete sentences except for the columns where 1-word answers are required.
- Your writing should be clean and free of grammatical/spelling errors.
- Formatting should be clean and easy to read (ensure your font styles and sizes are consistent).
- Your research citations should be integrated into your writing to support your arguments and show where you got your information. Long quotes will not be counted towards the required word counts.
You should review the assignment rubric to understand how this project will be assessed and how to maximize your score on this project.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.