Episode 61: Making Disciples in Hierarchical Cultures



In this episode, Cynthia speaks from her experience working in Asia for 3 decades, about how to adapt to culture while disciple-making among those from hierarchical cultures. She answers questions about younger people discipling those who are older, or those of low status discipling those of higher status.

Key Points from this episode:

  • All four cultural leadership structures; authoritarian, hierarchical, individualist and egalitarian have scriptural examples.
  • Jesus was transcultural and operated in all four of these at different times.
  • Be wary of importing or imposing your own cultural values on others.
  • 1 Tim. 4:12 and 1 Tim. 5:13 bring good insights related to young people discipling those who are older.
  • Asian cultures are better at naturally observing the 5th commandment than are Western cultures.  Celebrate and acknowledge this.
  • Honor is a postive and biblical value present in hierarchical Asian cultures.
  • Let the local insiders interpret scripture rather than you interpreting it for them. God will convict where it is needed.

WATCH THE EPISODE: Making Disciples in Hierarchical Cultures

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Order The Multiplier’s Mindset Book

Getting Started in Disciple Making Movements Course

Pursuing Disciple Making Movements in the Frontiers Blog

Cynthia Anderson on Twitter

Cynthia Anderson on Instagram

DMMs Frontier Missions Facebook


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