Date of Award

2-26-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Department

Seminary

First Advisor

Randy Woodley

Second Advisor

Deborah Loyd

Third Advisor

Jason Clark

Abstract

The involvement of missionaries in global missions from United States to Uganda particularly through short-term missions teams is a growing reality; while the involvement of Ugandans in missions still remains mostly local and regional. Most missions groups are motivated by the biblical commission to proclaim the gospel, humanitarian and social justice causes. However, global missions Christian groups in Uganda and Christian groups from the United States of American are faced with intercultural challenges. This dissertation discuses stereotype threat which has been shown to have debilitating consequences of fear, unsettling cognitive burdens and anxiety in targeted individuals and people groups to the detriment of cross-cultural and interethnic partnerships. The study also identifies a framework in which stereotype threat can be overcome in global church missions settings. Admittedly, stereotype threat is not the sole cause of unhealthy relational gaps in global church partnerships. There are a multiplicity of possible subjects that persistently impair the successful formation of positive interdependent partnerships across boarders and cultures. For example, cultural blunders, world geographical myopia, ignorance, prejudice, lack of cultural adaptability skills, racism, and ethnocentrism and power differentials. However, this study still insists that a sizable irregularity still remains to be explained in global missions partnerships between Ugandans and U.S.-Americans.

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