Case studies and scenarios

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What would you do in this situation? What does it mean to put your faith into action?

Case studies -- actual examples of thorny situations -- are very effective in a problem-centered learning approach. These case studies and scenarios -- used by Howard Culbertson as classroom teaching / learning aids -- are available on this site:

Case studies: aids for problem-centered learning

  1. Mixed drinks: A prank backfires -- unity on a multicultural mission team
  2. Battling racism in a congregation -- a church divided by prejudice
  3. Breakup of a missionary team -- Tough times
  4. Ancestor veneration / worship
  5. Animism
  6. Buddhism
  7. Hinduism
  8. Islam
  9. Shintoism
  10. Development / economic aid
  11. Conflict during the Lord's Supper -- cultural change polarizes a church and even tears a family apart
  12. "Don't tell Shari": Conflict over entertainment choices by a short term mission group during their day off
  13. Giving Jeff a thrill Flirting on a short-term missions team
  14. Kidnapped missionary: Should the ransom be paid?
  15. Male stripper -- a joke at a youth group sponsors birthday party doesn't turn out as planned
  16. Obi's death
  17. Pastor under attack -- how leaders deal with hidden agendas
  18. Peacemaker or patsy -- reacting to tribal warfare in Papua New Guinea
  19. Reentry from short term mission
  20. Salvage job -- short-term mission team problems during a summer mission experience
  21. Sunday school class in decline
  22. They only knew my name -- trying to plug in to a local church
  23. To drink or not to drink -- a teetotaler in France finds himself in over his head
  24. Walking away: Witnessing/soul winning
  25. When trust erodes -- a congregation loses faith in their pastor
  26. Inappropriate touching

7 steps to effective case study discussion Several of the above cases also have specific study guides linked to them.

Brief scenarios or examples with less description than a typical case study

  1. Cultural anthropology scenarios: Gulliver's travels and ethnography in a McDonald's restaurant
  2. Theology of missions scenarios: Are the heathen really lost?
  3. Witnessing scenarios: How would you respond?
  4. Using case studies as a learning tool

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

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