Cross-Cultural Mission as a Transformative Learning Experience
This book chapter was originally published as:
House, M. (2014). Cross-cultural mission as a transformative learning experience. In L. Ball & J.R. Harrison (Eds.), Learning and teaching theology: Some ways ahead (pp. 211-216). Melbourne, Australia: Morning Star Publishing.
Theological Field Educators provide opportunities for the students to integrate learning with the practice of ministry. This cross cultural experience in Fiji acted as a capstone event with “just in time” learning. It had a maturing effect upon the student’s ministerial readiness.
Students’ sense of their call to ministry and their development of a ministry identity were enhanced. They understood better the importance of servant leadership. Students focused on creating community and its importance for a vitalized ministry. It involved them in ministry outreach and relationships that stretched and nurtured their giftedness. They developed a passion for prayer and the need for the Holy Spirit in their lives. Student’s self-understanding grew. It increased their levels of confidence as ministers.
All students recommended that intercultural learning be an annual event and be incorporated into their theological education.
House, Murray, "Cross-Cultural Mission as a Transformative Learning Experience" (2014). Theology Book Chapters. 58.