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Misplaced Priorities: The Strawberry Project - PNG Sherwood Lingenfelter, Professor of Anthropology Fuller Theological Seminary.

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1 Misplaced Priorities: The Strawberry Project - PNG Sherwood Lingenfelter, Professor of Anthropology Fuller Theological Seminary

2 Story: Strawberry Project PNG Mission leader -- JT  Strawberries in river Opportunity: land, climate, surplus berries Goal: new income to community of believers Training & Implementation

3 Strawberry COOP Case Study Project Outcome:  New income  Coop profit  Happy farmers Issues:  Bad berry crisis  Marked boxes  Mistrust

4 Strawberry COOP Case Study Leadership? Leadership?  JT managed, coop thrives for 2 yrs  Local manager, collapse in 3 mo What were value conflicts? What were value conflicts? Did JT lead or mislead? Did JT lead or mislead?

5 What were the value conflicts? JT Values JT Values  Honesty, integrity  Work hard, well  Earn profit for all  Correct cheaters Are these people really “believers?” Are these people really “believers?” Village Values  Loyalty to kin  Work together  Take what you need  Overlook cheating Why are missionaries so hard to please?

6 JT leading or misleading? Project management Project management  excellent relationships with locals  observed, evaluated people and process  provided accountability for success Local people’s response Local people’s response  adjusted to accountability  learned from success and failure

7 JT leading or misleading? Did JT use command/control leadership? OR Did JT use command/control leadership? OR Did JT give the work of managing cheating back to the people? Did JT give the work of managing cheating back to the people? Did JT lead or mislead? Did JT lead or mislead?

8 Why did it fail? Local Default Culture Local Default Culture  Cheating is norm  Shame is getting caught  Self-interest has priority over COOP JT should solve! JT should solve! JT Default Culture  Task-focus training  Nothing on sin, default culture  Project success has priority over clan loyalty JT must solve!

9 Task-focused Leadership (medical clinic, pharmacy, etc.) “medical clinic social game” “medical clinic social game” Teach people role, skills, and rules Teach people role, skills, and rules Leader/Manager directs routines Leader/Manager directs routines People follow direction People follow direction Crisis: “Default Culture” Crisis: “Default Culture”  Anxiety causes withdrawal into self  “new person in Christ” forgotten

10 What alternatives do we have?

11 Who are these farmers? Converts or disciples? Converts or disciples?  “Benefits” gospel (escape hell)? or  Called by Jesus to “follow me”? Cultural standards or God’s standards? Cultural standards or God’s standards?  Clan or “covenant” community?  “Clan shame” or “gospel shame?” What is JT’s challenge as leader? What is JT’s challenge as leader?

12 Focus? “Covenant Community” New “identity” -- “God’s chosen people” New “identity” -- “God’s chosen people” New command -- “love one another” New command -- “love one another” Calling -- “servants … diverse gifts” Calling -- “servants … diverse gifts” Unity -- respect, honor, mutual concern Unity -- respect, honor, mutual concern Submission to one another in Christ Submission to one another in Christ “Do not judge, condemn, give false reports” “Do not judge, condemn, give false reports” Be merciful, forgive, restore those who sin Be merciful, forgive, restore those who sin

13 Covenant Community Medicine? Goal: missional “kingdom” community Goal: missional “kingdom” community Means: “covenant-with-God medic game” Means: “covenant-with-God medic game” Training: beyond technical skills Training: beyond technical skills  Default play (sin) vs. Covenant play  Rehearsal of the options  Cost of default play (wages of sin)  Rewards for covenant play (righteous)

14 Covenant Community Teams? Is it possible? Not without practice!  Covenant-w-God “leadership game”  “love one another” play  Changed values & routines for work People following Jesus

15 Covenant Community Teams Will they “default”?  Of course!  Rom 11:32 - But …  Next generation sees a new thing! Some follow Christ & change the world

16 Matt. 7:24-27 Team Builder “can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” Matt. 20:17-19 Wise -- hears and puts into practice Foolish -- hears and does NOT practice

17 Reference: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter. Leading Cross-culturally. Baker Academic, 2008

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