Mission & Outreach – Cultural Competency

Welcome to the Cultural Competency Mission page! Learn strategies to increase your cultural competency to reach the world for Jesus! Presented by the South American Division, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Global Mission Center for East Asian Religions, Asia-Pacific International University, & Adventist Frontier Missions.


Culture – the collective customs, arts, social institutions, achievements, and manifestations of a particular nation, people or social group.

Competency – a defining capability to describe a person’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes.

School of Mission – How to Create a Cross Culture Mission Mindset

Joni Oliveira, South American Division

“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all” Colossians 3:11

Where Are You From, Anyway?

Click on the image to the left to read the article Where Are You From, Anyway?, by Erica Bradfield, from South Africa.

How to Live & Work in Foreign Fields

Brenda Mays & Jack Bowers, Adventist Frontier Missions

The Power of Culture, by Dr. Ekkehardt Mueller

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Biblical Principles for Cross-cultural Mentoring

Cruz Dioi, DMin
Associate Professor of Global Mission Leadership, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies

Lost in Translation, by Vanessa Pizzuto from Argentina.

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“It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity” Ellen G. White

When Translation Isn’t Enough

Greg & Amy Whitsett
Directors, Global Mission Center for East Asian Religions
Greg Whitsett, Asia-Pacific International University, Applied Theology Adjunct 

“We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves” Ellen G. White

The Gift of the Stranger, in Adventist Review, by Gerald Klingbeil.

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Cristian Dumitrescu, AIIAS

Culture’s Role in Writing Scripture, by Angel Manuel Rodriguez. Available in English, Portugues & Espanol

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“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands”. Revelation 7:9


Adventist Missions, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Mission resources specific to culture

Institute of World Missions