This series is about discipleship, the heart of planting a new intercultural church. The overall aim is to become a disciple who makes disciples. In the previous lesson we discussed the very practical side of making disciples. In this lesson, Alex Ndemezo dives into the challenges which intercultural discipleship has to offer. These are helpful insights to train you as an intercultural disciplemaker of all nations.

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Starting relationships with people in an intercultural community signifies that you have to face many challenges (Duration 6:38).


In this lesson, we challenge you to connect with someone from a complete different culture. For example, if you are from a Western culture, find someone from a non-Western culture and vice-versa.

Try to get to know the cultural background of the other person. You might talk about the following topics:

  1. Relationships, like “What is the role of your family in your life?” or “How do you treat older persons?”
  2. Privacy
  3. Time management
  4. Hospitality

Connect with your buddy to talk about the outcome of the conversation. Discuss what the reason might be why the other person thinks or acts differently? In other words: what are his or her cultural values?


Sarah A. Lanier, Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate Cultures, 2004, McDougal.