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Intercultural Communication for Christian Ministry

Chapter 7: DIFFERENT WAYS OF THINKING AND COMMUNICATING

Anticipated outcomes:

On completion of this chapter the reader should be competent to:

· Recognise in a general way where people ‘are at’ in cognitive development and

psychology of faith developmental.

· Choose different communication tools to match the stages of cognitive and

psychological development of faith.

· Recognise the different ways people think.

· Identify the characteristics of different thinking styles.

· Apply different approaches to communicating with people that matches their thinking

style preferences.

· Prepare a preferred thinking style profile of a particular people group.

Exercises

1. Find a Bible passage that uses concrete expressions to express an abstract truth.

2. Find a Bible passage that uses abstract symbols to express a spiritual truth.

3. What kind of meta-messages may we communicate if we do not use indigenous

symbols and analogies?

4. Cite a Scripture passage demonstrating analytical thinking apart from the ones

mentioned in the text above. Cite a Scripture passage demonstrating synthetical

thinking apart from the ones mentioned in the text above.

5. Cite a Scripture passage demonstrating logical thinking apart from the ones

mentioned in the text above. Cite a Scripture passage demonstrating analogical

     thinking apart from the ones mentioned in the text above.

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