Werner Mischke has been serving with Mission ONE since 1992. He is currently Executive Vice President and his role is Director of Training Ministries. Mission ONE’s purpose is to train and mobilize the Church, focusing on cross-cultural partnerships to engage the unreached and serve the poor and oppressed.
Mission ONE’s indigenous partners are serving in evangelism, church planting and holistic ministries in such countries as Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, India, Pakistan, and Thailand. Mission ONE is engaged in a long-term vision to helps its partners develop sustainability through “Missional Business” strategies.
Werner has a long-term special relationship with Mission ONE’s partner in the Middle East—where Arab nationals are building a network of house churches through holistic ministry among various Muslim peoples. Werner’s experiences there have led him into a passionate pursuit of understanding the pivotal cultural value of honor and shame in Scripture and the cultures of the Majority World.
His book is THE GLOBAL GOSPEL: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World. The singular issue which this book addresses may be defined by posing this question: How can the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many Majority World societies be used to contextualize the gospel of Christ in order to make it more widely understood and accepted? Werner’s journey for The Global Gospel began in 2009 in Lebanon. Since then, he has been reading, researching, training, and developing resources about honor/shame for the missions community (resources available on his blog website). His writing project for The Global Gospel began in earnest in February 2013.
Werner has done training on the dynamic of honor and shame for Cru, ISI, Frontiers, TOAG, Avant, Hindustan Bible Institute & College, and Brethren churches in New Zealand, as well as various church and ministry groups. His seminars are designed on the basis of adult learning theory for a rich learning experience.
Making the complex simple
As Director of Training Ministries for Mission ONE, Werner uses his gift for taking complex ideas from various sources and putting them together into a cohesive whole which in a way that is both beautiful and more easily understood. He has served as writer, editor, designer, and/or producer of three resources to equip followers of Christ for cross-cultural missions engagement:
Operation WorldView is an introductory DVD missions curriculum for small groups inspired by the Perspectives™ course. Operation WorldView has been used by some 800 churches and mission teams in America, Canada and other nations.
- The Beauty of Partnership—a six-week small group curriculum based on adult learning theory to help mission teams gain the skills to achieve successful cross-cultural partnerships.
- The Father’s Love Gospel Booklet—a pocket-size booklet to help believers know and share the blessing of Jesus Christ in the language of honor and shame. It is an evangelistic resource based on the story of The Prodigal Son. Available in English and Spanish. Through Mission ONE’s partner in Lebanon, an Arabic version has also been developed and widely shared.
From 2004–2015, Werner served on the Resource Team of COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries)—a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and development of majority-world ministries. Werner contributed significantly to the design of COSIM’s annual conferences.
Currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona, Werner and his wife Daphne are members of Scottsdale Bible Church, where Daphne serves as a teacher in the Special Needs Ministry. Werner has also been a student at Phoenix Seminary in their Intercultural Studies Program. Werner and Daphne have two adult sons and two grandchildren.
Werner blogs at: http://wernermischke.org.