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Faith & Culture Certification (Coaching Journey)

This 10 week coaching journey prepares you to become an facilitator for n-Culture's Faith & Culture workshops.

Faith & Culture Certification Overview

The Faith & Culture program helps you understand what Inter-Cultural Intelligence is and challenges you to become a Cultural Learner. It builds your intercultural competency and equips you to assess and understand another person’s cultural preferences and to resolve conflicts and miscommunication that are rooted in cultural differences. It also equips you to build common ground where win-win solutions can prosper.

The Certification Workshop gives you an in-depth immersion in ICI from a faith-based perspective and is the starting point for becoming a facilitator for n-Culture’s Faith & Culture Programs. The focus is on lecturers who want to equip their students with a set of solid competencies and skills for intercultural understanding, interaction, and team-leadership.

Looking at culture from a Christian perspective and looking at Christianity from a cultural perspective is the leading thread in the Faith & Culture Program. It will build your understanding of culture as well as increase your understanding of the Bible and of your salvation.

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What is Inter-Cultural Intelligence (ICI)?

ICI enables individuals to understand their own cultural worldview and how it impacts their behaviors, expectations and relationships with others. Thus, learning to navigate in and out of diverse cultural contexts with flexibility and sensitivity while adapting and building a third cultural space.

In plain language, ICI is a framework similar to DiSC, in that it breaks down a culture into three observable worldview drivers, and 12 observable dimensions; it shows you where you currently stand in each of these, and hands you the tools to quickly assess another person’s culture. This gives you a strong indicator of what things are important in that culture, how to navigate that culture, and how to act appropriately.

Objectives

At the end of this journey, you will be able to:

  • Explain the Three Colors of Worldview and the 12 Dimensions of Culture, detect them in intercultural situations, and start to adjust your own behavior in those situations to bring win-win interactions.
  • Understand and articulate your own worldview and cultural preferences.
  • Explain the importance of building a 3rd cultural space and of management of cultural polarities and start applying foundational techniques to do so more effectively.
  • Explain the influence of worldviews and culture on the development of Christian cultures.
  • Explain a holistic message of Salvation in different worldviews.
  • Facilitate the core Faith & Culture material in a 2-day workshop, using the provided manual and support materials.

Preparation & Approach

You will take two online assessments prior to the coaching journey to discover your own worldview and cultural preferences.

You will take part in simulations, exercises, partner-work (where possible) and case studies to apply and help internalize the material, cater to different learning styles, and to connect to the material on both an intellectual and emotional level.

The focus is to build your intercultural competencies and skills rather than just knowledge about ICI. There will be a strong emphasis on facilitation skills as well.

Throughout the coaching journey you will work on building a Professional Development Plan for further development, growth in ICI, and application of ICI in your life and work.

Case Studies/Final Presentation
During the coaching journey, you'll choose an organization, team or case to study and apply your ICI skills to. At the end of the journey you'll present this case study. In the presentation, you will look at the case through the lens of ICI and present options and recommendations to solve it.

To become a facilitator (After the Workshop)
Within 3 months of successful completion of the caoching journey, you will need to deliver a 2-day Faith & Culture Workshop to at least 10 people, and write a report about it.

Perspective

  • Though the Bible does not explicitly teach things like personality differences, behavioral styles, worldview and cultural differences, they are visible in the Bible, as many of its stories are about human interaction and the interaction between man and God.
  • There is no ideal worldview or mix of cultural dimensions. It’s about understanding who you are, and who God created you to be/become; and about adjusting behavior to build bridges with people who are different.
  • We don’t believe that God is perfectly in the middle of each worldview or cultural dimension, but rather that He is both extremes (and everything in-between) at the same time. No one person, no matter how perfect is a complete image of God. We are all made in his image and it takes the mosaic of all of us to fully represent that image and fully reflect the greatness and multicolored-ness or ‘diversity’ of God.
  • As a facilitator you must be able to present n-Culture's materials from a personal faith in God as He revealed Himself to us in the Bible. You will be asked to give a statement of faith and n-Culture reserves the right to exclude people from becoming a facilitator who's faith (and practice) does not align with orthodox Christianity.

Part 1 - Intro to ICI, Heartset & Mindset of Intercultural Interaction

Introduction to Inter-Cultural Intelligence
What is ICI, why we need it and where it comes from.

Heartset & Mindset of Intercultural Engagement
What is the right attitude and approach to intercultural interaction?

1. Cultural Learner & Cultural Critic
This module deals with the heartset for intercultural interaction. It looks at the principles of engagement and helps you become a better Cultural Learner. It's a place for you to examine your own heart during the coaching journey and the place where you ask permission to challenge others.

2. Perceptions & Patterns, DIR
Developing a right mindset for intercultural interaction. What are the perceptions and patterns that color the lens through which we look at the world around us? This module helps uncover our proneness to bias and hands you the tools to deconstruct any given situation in a more unbiased way and base your conclusions on a more objective assessment.

Part 2 - Three Colors of Worldview, Worldviews in the Bible

Three Colors of Worldview
Three Colors of Worldview© is about our motivators and demotivators at the deepest level of culture, which are the drivers of a lot of our actions. It is an easy, yet powerful tool that helps you understand your own drivers, motivators and demotivators and helps you quickly assess the drivers, motivators and demotivators of other individuals and groups. It’s a great tool to improve intercultural teamwork, communication and relations.

The Three Colors of Worldview sits at the bottom of the Iceberg model of Culture. It’s tied into our belief-system, rather than our norms and values.

This module uncovers what these three worldview drivers (Honor/Shame, Innocence/Guilt, Power/Fear) are and why they are so important. Your Personal Worldview Map will help you reflect on past and current intercultural interactions. The Group Worldview Map is an indicator for a team on where to expect misunderstandings rooted in worldview differences.

You will build your skills to discern someone’s worldview and to improve your interactions with them by adjusting your behavior and communication.

Worldviews in the Bible
This module links the Three Colors of Worldview to the Bible. Where do they show up and what are their origins? Identifying where each worldview driver shows up in the Bible and Christian history helps you understand why and how Christian cultures differ across the world and helps you understand how your culture shaped your Christianity. Looking at salvation through the lens of each worldview driver will enrich and deepen your understanding of what Christ did for you on the cross.

Part 3 - Cultural Mapping Inventory

Cultural Mapping Inventory (CMi)
CMi sits above the Three Colors of Worldview in the Iceberg model of culture. It looks at 12 Dimensions of Culture that are particularly important to understand for intercultural interactions. This module looks at each dimension and helps you discover them in real life through examples, video clips and dialogues. Throughout the module you’ll look at where the dimensions show up in the Bible.

Yopu will also reflect on past and current intercultural interactions using your Personal Cultural Map.

Polarity Management
The Polarity Management is about learning to assess situations and build bridges by adapting your behavior and communication to trigger the right (positive) response from others.

Part 4 - Intercultural Communication and Teams

Intercultural Communication
This module covers the principles and pitfalls of intercultural communication to gain a deeper understanding of the issues at play.
It also provides hands-on tips and tricks to improve your intercultural comunication.

Creating a 3rd Cultural Space
This module brings it all together. It brings back the principles and toolkits from the previous modules and focuses on creating a 3rd cultural space in your team, classroom etc. where all can prosper.

Intercultural Teams & Leadership
You'll learn to use the Four Pillars of a Successful Intercultural Team (Communication, Trust, Common Purpose and Relational Capital) and the Three Colors of Worldview Group Report to build stronger teams where diversity strengthens the team performance rather than being seen as a threat to performance.

Culture Shock
Looking at culture shock through the lens of ICI. This module breaks down what culture shock is, how to recognize it, what can be done to alleviate it and when to get help.

Part 5 - Intercultural Evangelism & Discipling

This part uses the lens of ICI to illuminate evangelism and discipling.

Intercultural Evangelism
Intercultural Evangelism looks at contextualizing the gospel message in a way that resonates with a hearer with a different worldview and culture. It blends intercultural communication and worldviews in the Bible into a strong practical application.

Holistic Discipling
Holistic Discipling is the twin partner of Intercultural Evangelism. How do we raise young believers from a different worldview and culture into mature believers who understand the fullness of God's Kingdom throuh the lens of their own culture.

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