Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures

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  • Partner: HonorShame

Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures

Many Westerners have experienced a culture that runs on an honor-shame operating system. In Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures, Jayson Georges and Mark Baker decode the cultural and biblical script of honor and shame. Rooted in biblical theology, this 270-page book equips Christians to embody and proclaim the Kingdom of God in global contexts. The authors offer thoughtful and practical guidance for ministry within honor-shame contexts. Apt stories, illuminating insights, and ministry-tested wisdom complete this essential guide to Christian ministry in honor-shame cultures.


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Jayson Georges (MDiv, Talbot) lived in Central Asia for nine years doing church planting and micro-enterprise development. He is the author of The 3D Gospel and blogs at He serves with an evangelical organization, developing tools and training for Christians working in honor-shame contexts. More here.

Mark D. Baker
(PhD, Duke University) is professor of mission and theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. He served as a missionary in Honduras for ten years and has written a number of books in English and Spanish. More at


Georges and Baker have taken the seeds of previous work on honor and shame in the environment of the biblical world and in modern cultures and cultivated them into fruitful insights and guidance in the areas of theology, crosscultural engagement and, especially, missions.
~David A. deSilva, distinguished professor, Ashland Theological Seminary
I was so glad for this book to stretch my heart and mind. Baker and Georges gave me new tools and hope for ministry, not just in a Majority World context, but in Western contexts that are increasingly both secular and globalized.

~Mako Nagasawa, director, New Humanity Institute

An exceptional book on this timeless worldview and timely topic. The authors interweave real life stories to help us rediscover a biblical worldview and see how to apply the living Word of God today.

~Samuel E. Chiang, president and CEO, Seed Company

Every message bearer working in non-Western cultures needs to read and apply the insights and principles of this book if they are to avoid the typical cultural blunders too often committed by too many. Within are crucial insights for effective crosscultural ministry.

~Marvin J. Newell, senior VP, Missio Nexus

Building responsibly on biblical and anthropological foundations for understanding honor and shame cultures, the authors offer practical reflections on how to engage honor-shame societies in the work of intercultural mission.

~Edward Smither, dean, Columbia International University

The text is full of examples that help the reader understand how differently honor-shame codes play out in the understanding of salvation and discipleship. … Sherwood and I strongly recommend this book.

~Judith Lingenfelter, professor emerita, Biola University
Intelligent, informed, and culturally perceptive, this resource will impact the theory and practice of missionaries and local leaders in unprecedented ways.
~Christopher Flanders, professor, Abilene Christian University




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