GC3 mission summit1-1024x953Honour and Shame Dynamics in Cross Cultural Ministry

Our bi-annual GC3 mission summits have proved informative and popular with our family of churches. This year we are holding the Embrace Mission Summits in Christchurch at Riccarton Community Church on March 5th, in Palmerston North at Crossroads Bible Centre on March 12th and in Hamilton at Northgate Community Church on March 19th.

Come with a group from your church to hear Werner Mishcke take us through an interactive seminar on honour and shame dynamics in cross cultural ministry. Hear from some of our new outgoing missionaries about what they are about to do. Take time to visit stands where key mission agencies will present opportunities.

The apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16-17; For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew fi rst and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.


In 1 Cor 9:22-23 Paul shares his approach; "Yes, I try to fi nd common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings".

Paul's goal in adapting to the culture of those among whom he worked was to put no obstacle in their way that might keep them from attending to the real issue – Jesus and the salvation God offers all of us in Him. The finding of common ground in order to 'save some' means that Paul used his convictions to build bridges, not walls. He was willing to bring the great news of the gospel to his listeners in ways they would understand.

At Embrace, Werner Mishcke's seminar will help us work through how best to communicate the saving work of Christ with those who's world view is based around honour and shame. Mishcke will emphasise that guilt and forgiveness are real biblical themes because guilt, just like shame, is a universal human reality. But he will call attention to all the ways that the gospel addresses both our guilt and our shame.

Both theoretical and practical, this well researched, Biblically based seminar will serve as a practical guide to evangelists, missionaries, leaders and all of those who are interested in effective cross cultural communication of the gospel.

In Psalm 31:1, David says. "In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness." It is the righteousness of Jesus that we long for. This is a universal part of the human condition. The beauty of the gospel is that it acknowledges guilt and shame, covering both with the shameand
guilt-bearing representative Son. At Embrace, let's discover together just how completely good that news can be.

Find the Embrace 2016 brochures at your church and register today or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Russell Thorp, Missions Director


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