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Missions 101

The Impact of a Worldview

Jun. 16, 2016By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

From Transforming Worldviews by Paul G. Hiebert: 

Group-Oriented Societies

  • People are born into extended families in which they live their entire lives
  • Identity is based on birth and the place a person occupies in the group
  • Children learn to think in terms of “we”
  • Harmony should always be maintained and confrontations avoided
  • Violating the norms leads to a sense of shame and loss of face for self and group
  • Relationships between boss and worker are seen in moral family terms
  • Hiring and promotion must take kinship and friendships into account
  • The relationship is more important than the task. People should not be fired.

Individual-Oriented Societies

  • Everyone grows up to look after himself/herself and organize nuclear families
  • Identity is based on individual achievement
  • Children learn to think in terms of “I”
  • Speaking one’s mind is a characteristic of an honest person
  • Violating the norms leads to a sense of guilt and loss of self-respect
  • Relationship between boss and worker are governed by contracts based on voluntary exchange and mutual advantage
  • Hiring and promotion should be based purely on skills and rules of selection
  • The task is more important than the relationship. People can be readily fired.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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