The Member Care of Latin American Cross-Cultural Workers Serving within an Islamic Context

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Within the last quarter of a century, we have witnessed the rapid growth of Latino cross-cultural workers serving in places far from home with a growing percentage serving within the borders of primarily Islamic countries. This research proposes to provide these workers with a means to communicate their member care expectations and needs so that sending churches can implement this understanding in their provision of member care.

A broad study of existing member care literature provided a framework for active interviews with member care providers and leaders. The results of those interviews formed the questioning path used with the workers. This was done as a means of contextualizing the questions to a Latino context rather than jumping directly from primarily North American and European literature sources and perhaps inadvertently imposing definitions or expectations that did not match their reality.

The findings from the second layer of interviews were organized into themes using grounded theory and were presented along with the comments and insights of the Latino member caregivers and leaders. The purpose of this dissertation is not to prescribe, but rather to describe. In keeping with this intent, the main themes were summarized and possible discussion questions were suggested as initial topics for consideration and potential action points for the sending churches. It is my desire that this be a useful tool for the Latin American missions movement.

Mentor: Elizabeth L. Glanville

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Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)

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Glanville, Elizabeth L.

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Christianity and culture, Islamic countries, Missions, Latin American, Evangelicalism


Missions and World Christianity


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