The first thing you may say to yourself when reading the title of this book, Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage our Multicultural World is what does CQ mean? It's kind of like when you encounter someone who isn't anything like you; you look at them and say, "what does that mean". Just like with the absence of meaning, so to the presence of unfamiliarity is perplexing. If we are to serve Christ faithfully, we cannot operate this way.
As David Livermore points out, we need to "move from the desire to love across the chasm of cultural difference to the ability to express our love" (11). Is this not precisely the call of ministry? Yet, each person is different, unique.no matter what party, church, business, organization, country, ethnicity they belong to. Surprisingly, it si in these differences-precisely-that we find our richest encounters and most life-changing growth. While we are more comfortable "with our own", there is no question: "today's ministry leader" must recognize that the ability to transcend cultures and love other's in their difference from themselves is an "essential competency" (11).
One cannot, however, simply "go, and do likewise." Such efforts usually end in embarrassment and in denigration of the Gospel. So how do we improve? Read this book. Here, Livermore shows you how to measure and develop your "CQ"; the ability to effectively reach across the chasm of cultural difference in ways that are loving and respectful" (13). What is your CQ (Cultural Intelligence Quotiant)? How can you improve it? Read this book, and you will be on your way. This book really is for anyone who is in any kind of ministry today, for in our global context multiculturalism is the rule of the day. It will be an asset to any classroom, and especially due to Livermore's penetrating analysis, insight, and conclusions, will be excellent for all courses on missions and sociology or religion.
Twenty-first-century society is diverse, and Christians must be able to understand other cultures and communicate effectively between and among them. Following up on the bestselling Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, this new addition to the Youth, Family, and Culture series explores the much-needed skill of Cultural Intelligence (CQ), the ability to work effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultures. While rooted in sound, scholarly research, Cultural Intelligence is highly practical and accessible to general readers. It will benefit students as well as guide ministry leaders interested in increasing their cultural awareness and sensitivity. Packed with assessment tools, simulations, case studies, and exercises, Cultural Intelligence will help transform individuals and organizations into effective intercultural communicators of the gospel.
What do you do when you encounter someone who isn't like you? How do you feel? What goes on inside you? How do you relate to him or her? These are the kinds of questions we want to explore in this book. Few things are more basic to life than expressing love and respect for people who look, think, believe, act, and see differently than we do. We want to adapt to the barrage of cultures around us while still remaining true to ourselves. We want to let the world change us so that we can be part of changing the world. And we want to move from the desire to love across the chasm of cultural difference to the ability to express our love for people of difference. Relating lovingly to our fellow human beings is central to what it means to be human. And when it comes down to it, Christian ministry at its core is interacting with all kinds of people in ways that give them glimpses of Jesus in us.
The billions of us sharing planet Earth together have so much in common. We're all born. We all die. We're all created in the image of God. We eat, sleep, persevere, and care for our young. We long for meaning and purpose, and we develop societies with those around us. But the way we go about the many things we have in common is deeply rooted in our unique personalities and cultures. So although we have so much in common, we have as much or more about us that's different.
David A. Livermore (PhD, Michigan State University) is executive director of the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition, he is research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a senior consultant with the Cultural Intelligence Center. Livermore has traveled to more than seventy-five countries and is the author of the award-winning Serving with Eyes Wide Open as well as numerous articles and training manuals. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"The more I'm around Dave Livermore, the more I learn how to develop kingdom relationships that cross cultures. Whether you are leading a short-term mission trip, doing local justice work, or simply want to more effectively love others, you are smart to read Cultural Intelligence. You are even smarter if you apply its profound insights to your life and ministry."--Kara E. Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary
"In an era of drive-by short-term missions, selfish service projects, and ugly Americans, David Livermore brings reconstruction. He does not merely suggest cultural sensitivity; he helps us deconstruct and build something new--a pathway to cultural intelligence that can guide us to be citizens of the kingdom of God while being proactively engaged as neighbors in the world."--Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties
"In our increasingly interconnected, multicultural world, the need for cultural understanding has never been greater. Cultural Intelligence is an essential, foundational resource for anyone who desires to effectively interact across cultures--whether traveling internationally, visiting urban centers, or becoming involved in a local school system. Read this book! It will enable you to understand your own culture and the lens through which you see all other cultures. And it will equip you to live in our globalized world."--Paul Borthwick, author of How to Be a World-Class Christian
"Comprehensive and accessible, this book clearly details the cultural intelligence model for multicultural ministry. In this book, David Livermore addresses both conceptual and practical issues on cultural intelligence. He has expanded the ideas of multiculturalism to include not only national cultures but also organizational and generational subcultures. This book is an ideal text and a valuable resource for building the core skills of cultural intelligence in individuals and organizations."--Soon Ang, executive director, Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence, Nanyang Business School, Singapore
"Written for anyone who is serious about ministry, this book explains why cultural intelligence is essential and what one must do to develop and employ it in the practice of ministry."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, author of Ministering Cross-Culturally
This engaging book seeks to tackle the challenges of cross-cultural interaction in the context of Christian ministry. Livermore, an expert in intercultural studies, urges his readers to become more multicultural people so that we might better express love cross-culturally. While most works on cross-cultural ministry seek to teach their readers about other cultures they may encounter, Livermores book contends that preparation for cross-cultural ministry depends on an inward investigation and transformation. This is what he calls developing ones Cultural Intelligence quotient, and the book explores the knowledge, interpretations and behavior one must develop to heighten ones CQ. While grounded in both theory and theology, the strength of this book comes from the many vignettes from Livermores personal experience in such places as Singapore, India and Cambodia. Questions throughout and a self-assessment test in the appendix give the book an interactive feel, drawing the reader into self-examination and application of the books lessons. Though the book is written for Bakers youth ministry series, all who are interested in the question of cross-cultural ministry will profit from its information and advice. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.