Be Connected
Our 2020 October GLD Conference was digital for the first time. Clips will be released each month on our website ( and in the Monthly Briefing. 

As we enter this winter season, may your Christmas ministry and family time be encouraging and healthy. 

With many cultures in our GLD churches, Kathy Belcher, GLD pastor’s wife in Chicago, curated our timely topic, prayer verses, and resources.
Be Encouraged
Cultural Intelligence is this month’s theme from chapters 10-11 of Resilient MinistryAs pastors’ wives, most of us are in culturally diverse communities and often focus on ethnicity as creating that diversity. However, we live in several types of cultures. We tend to live our life based on the culture that relates to our family and childhood experiences. There are personal cultures from which we get our impressions and values: our family of origin, generation, church, denomination, geography, demographics, socioeconomic status, and socioethnicity. Any group with a set of shared experiences has a culture (131-145).
How do we minister to others in their unique cultures? In Resilient Ministry, we learn that Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is our ability to function effectively across various cultural contexts as we discriminate between cultural preferences and biblical imperatives. Developing CQ requires humility toward other people and humility under the authority of Scripture. Working on CQ requires that we abandon the assumption that everyone thinks and perceives the world the way we do (149).
We need to be growing in spiritual formation and walking by faith as we seek to relate to others with a greater awareness of our assumptions, ideas, and emotions. CQ growth can come from entering a different cultural setting, such as an ethnic restaurant or an unfamiliar church worship service. Asking questions about new cultures is a great way to learn and develop CQ, though it will often take us out of our comfort zone. With a deep desire to reach others with love in Christ’s name, let’s pray for the grace to look beyond ourselves and minister to others in unique worlds.
Scriptures to Pray for Each Other
  • Galatians 6:9-10  And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

  • Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

  • Romans 14:19  So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Be Resourced
  • Read as many missionary biographies as you can get your hands on! Learn from people who have done it!

  • Cultural Intelligence Living for God In A Diverse, Pluralistic World by Darrell Bock (a theology of cultural engagement)
Praying for good connections and cultural intelligence as you seek to glorify God and love others,
Jan Thompson and GLD PW Team                            / 630-881-7050
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