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Why Christian Leaders must become Culturally intelligent 

Reaching The Lost In A Diverse World

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“Some individuals have high CQ and others don’t, but almost everyone can become more culturally intelligent. Cultural intelligence is uniquely suited for the barrage of cultural situations facing today’s leaders. It includes a set of capabilities needed by leaders in every field. Without it, leaders run the risk of driving their careers and their organizations into obsolescence. But leaders who commit to improving the ways they think, plan, and act through intercultural situations have an unusual edge for navigating the fascinating terrain of our curvy, multidimensional world...."

What is Cultural intelligence? CQ is a learned capability that builds on the other forms of intelligence needed by today’s leaders. Just as leaders can grow in their social, emotional, and technical competence, they can grow in their ability to effectively lead across various ethnic and organizational cultures. As leaders move through the four capabilities of cultural intelligence — CQ Drive, Knowledge, Strategy, and Action — they gain a repertoire of perspectives, skills, and behaviors that they can use as they move in and out of the fast-paced world of globalization. True cultural intelligence stems from within and transforms the way we lead at home and across the globe.” [1]


We must consider how CQ predicts leadership outcomes in order to gauge how we must adequately prepare for effective leadership and or evangelism. CQ seems to offer a better way to inspire more training and awareness of the lifestyle of those we seek to reach for the kingdom of God. As language can be a potential barrier to evangelism, so is the articulation of such communication. We must be keen on social norms, gestures and even the history of a particular group of people, especially those we intended to reach with the unchanging gospel.

Further, Ting-Toomey & Chung (2012), gives the most practical answer to why we must understand how intercultural communication and cultural intelligence provides insight and understanding as we seek to communicate an unchanging gospel message to people from diverse cultures and contexts here:

“With rapid changes in the global economy, technology, transportation systems, and immigration policies, the world is becoming a small, intersecting community. We find ourselves having increased contact with people who are culturally different. In a global workforce, people bring different work habits and cultural practices.” [2]

Call To Action:

As believers, it is imperative not to forget the work of the Holy Spirit in leading the charge for cultural intelligence. In the Book of Acts of the Apostles, we see a clear example of the advantage of cultural intelligence and intercultural communication:

Biblical Application

Acts 2: The Holy Spirit Comes

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses The Crowd:

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men, and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.

19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below,

blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2: 1–21).


Concluding Statement

Therefore, CQ or #CulturalIntelligence is the answer to effectively spreading the gospel message that never changes and meets the demands of global leaders in a changing world. In order to preach the gospel to all nations, we must treat one another with kindness, exercising patience, and understanding. While culture is a major influence on our behavior, it should not devalue our beliefs and relationship with God. In fact, our relationship with God should lead in all aspects of our lives.



[1] Livermore, David (2015). Leading with Cultural Intelligence, Second Edition (p. 40). Wordsearch. Retrieved from Date accessed August 28, 2019.

[2] Toomey, Stella., and Leeva C. Chung. 2012. Understanding Intercultural Communication. 2nd. ed. New York. Oxford University Press.

Holy Bible. NIV. Date accessed August 28, 2019.

"We are more alike my friends than un alike."

~ Dr. Maya Angelou

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