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Structuring and Leading an International Mission Organization in From-Everywhere-To-Everywhere World

The global church is a missionary-sending church. Missionaries from Nigeria minister in Chicago, Ecuadorians in Delhi and Koreans in Paris. Modern mission structures deal with a whole new set of challenges. Missionaries from around the world are struggling to work together to reflect the common purpose of the multi-cultural Body of Christ.

In the webinar we discuss several models of organizational structure. The key dilemma is to discover the sweet spot between over-decentralization where everyone does what is right in their own eyes, and over-centralization, built on the command and control model that stifles local entrepreneurial efforts. The seminar should be helpful for the following people: Mission pastors promoting church-to-church partnerships. Mission executives from sending countries seeking joint-ventures with other churches and organizations field teams seeking to integrate multi-cultural strategies between churches and organizations.

James E. Plueddemann is professor of leadership and education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and chairs the department of missions, evangelism and intercultural studies. He served for 13 years with his wife Carol as a missionary in Nigeria, then taught education and leadership courses at Wheaton College for another 13 years. Prior to his current position, he served as the International Director of SIM for 10 years. His recent book is published by InterVarsity Press titled, Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church.

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