After earning his doctorate in cultural anthropology in , Lingenfelter became a consultant, lecturer and workshop leader for Brethren missions, addressing topics such as understanding political and social organization in other cultures. In , he became professor of intercultural studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he was appointed provost and senior vice-president in In his recent works - which include "Transforming Culture: Challenge for Christian Mission" and "Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry" - he stresses that both missionaries and those they serve may have cultural biases, but the Christian gospel transcends them.
Lingenfelter has written that "more often than not, we conform theology to practice; we perceive the kingdom of God on earth in our own cultural terms.
Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
Lingenfelter presents expert guidance for those working abroad. He helps both missionaries and church planters become aware of how the Gospel cuts across cultural biases. His wisdom helps cross-cultural ministers understand and transform culture, instead of Westernizing it.
Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry
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