Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining the Effect of Hospitality on the Cultural Intelligence of Parishioners of Destiny Church
by Thomas, Trent Leslie, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 140; 10828574
Abstract (Summary)

The author presents low cultural intelligence (CQ) as a problem in ministry for the multicultural congregation of Destiny Church. The low CQ has resulted in ineffective cross-cultural ministry internally and externally. The hypothesis of the project was to determine whether or not hospitality would have an effect on the cultural intelligence of the parishioners of Destiny Church. The project consisted of a cross-cultural hospitality intervention called “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” A total of twenty participants volunteered for the project. The intervention involved five Caucasian and five African American couples taking turns as guests and hosts of one another in their homes. Before and after the intervention, the participants took an online cultural intelligence assessment called the Extended Cultural Intelligence Scale (E-CQS). A post-experience interview was also conducted at the end of the project to ascertain changes in the four factors of cultural intelligence. The author discovered that fourteen out of twenty participants experienced an increase in cultural intelligence. As a result of the affirmation of the hypothesis, the author proposed ministry recommendations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
Commitee: McLeod, Russell, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research
Keywords: Cross cultural ministry, hospitality, low cultural intelligence
Publication Number: 10828574
ISBN: 978-0-438-06255-9
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