Honor-Shame Curriculum

Journey of Discovery in Honor, Shame, and the Gospel

Would you and your team like to better contextualize the gospel in a way that is biblically faithful and culturally relevant?

You can join Werner Mischke in a convenient, web-based missional learning journey about “Honor, Shame and the Gospel”.

You will learn …

  • that God covers our shame and restores our honor through the cross and resurrection of Christ;
  • why honor-shame is a strategic issue for world evangelization;
  • why honor-shame is increasingly part of the Western world because of social media;
  • how the gospel speaks to secular peoples—Jesus cures relational pollution;
  • how to help Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu peoples better understand the gospel;
  • about the blind spot concerning honor-shame in Western theology—and what to do about it;
  • to identify nine dynamics of honor-shame in the Bible;
  • why salvation includes gaining a new source of honor in Christ.

Curriculum design for a rich missional learning journey

  • Subject matter expert and author/trainer Werner Mischke will lead you to deeper understanding about “Honor, Shame, and the Gospel”—for the glory of God and the honor of all peoples.
  • Miss a class? No problem! View it online later on when you have the chance.
  • Curriculum design based on adult learning theory; four types of learning tasks—1) inductive, 2) input, 3) implementation, 4) integration.
  • Primary text is Werner’s book, The Global Gospel; (reading the book is recommended but not required).
  • Step-by-step; not too much in a single session; simple but not simplistic.

Affordable, convenient, accessible webinar classes

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  • Three tuition options
    • $60 — Unit A, Classes 1–6 (live webinar plus video access) includes Unit A Study Guide, 65 pages
    • $60 — Unit B, Classes 7–12 (live webinar plus video access) includes Unit B Study Guide, 65 pages
    • $120 — Unit B (above) + Unit A (previously recorded class videos and Study Guide)
  • See “Tuition Options” tab for more information
  • Each webinar is about 60 minutes in length, including time for questions and answers.
  • All classes will begin at 3:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); in USA—10:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 Central, 7:00 Pacific.
  • Downloadable FREE PDF study guide for preparation, reflection, discussion.
  • One-week break between six-week class units.
  • Miss a class? No problem! View it online when you have the chance.
  • Zoom.us will be the webinar software—or another provider that is equal to or superior to Zoom.

Questions? Write to Werner Mischke: werner@mission1.org


Tuition—2 options

  1. $60 — Unit B, Classes 7–12 (live webinar plus video access) includes Unit B Study Guide, 65 pages
  2. $120 — Unit B (above) + Unit A (classes 1–6, previously recorded class videos and Study Guide)


  • Taking Unit A is not required before taking Unit B.
  • If you are unable to attend a class, you will be able to view the webinar recording online. Video recordings of each class are made available to registrants.
  • Registration for Unit C (classes 13–18) will be available in the near future in 2018.

UNIT B  /  Classes 7–12  /  May 24–June 28, 2018  /  All classes will begin at 3:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This is 10:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 Central, 7:00 Pacific.

  • Class 7: May 24, 2018 / Contextualizing the gospel
  • Class 8: May 31, 2018 / Concept of face
  • Class 9: June 7, 2018 / Body language
  • Class 10: June 14, 2018 / Patronage
  • Class 11: June 21, 2018 / Name/kinship/blood
  • Class 12: June 28, 2018 / Purity

CLASSES ALREADY PROVIDED: UNIT A  /  Classes 1–6  /  April 5–May 10, 2018  /  All classes will begin at 3:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This is 10:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 Central, 7:00 Pacific.

  • Class 1: April 5, 2018 / Honor-shame in the mission of God
  • Class 2: April 12, 2018 / Honor-status reversal as Bible motif
  • Class 3: April 17, 2018 / Love of honor
  • Class 4: April 24, 2018 / Two sources of honor—ascribed and achieved
  • Class 5: May 3, 2018 / Image of limited good
  • Class 6: May 10, 2018 / Challenge & riposte (honor competition)

About the instructor

Werner Mischke, D.D. (Hon. Causa), has been serving with Mission ONE since 1992. He currently serves as Interim President and Director of Training Ministries. He is the author of The Global Gospel, and serves as the coordinator of the Honor-Shame Network. He served as coordinator of the Honor-Shame Conference at Wheaton College, June 19–21, 2017. Werner has had the privilege of teaching classes, workshops and seminars about “Honor, Shame, and the Gospel” in India, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. He has conducted webinars about honor-shame for Missio Nexus and visionSynergy. Werner’s book, The Global Gospel (published in 2015) has placed him into the global conversation concerning honor-shame and the gospel—especially among mission leaders and cross-cultural workers. His blog is: wernermischke.org. Mission ONE’s other mission-training resources (produced by Werner Mischke) include: 1) The Beauty of Partnership, a six-week curriculum to help you lead your team to gain the skills for healthy cross-cultural partnerships; and 2) Operation WorldView, an eight-session video-based study series inspired by the Perspectives™ course. In August 2017, Werner received a Doctorate in Divinity (Hon. Causa) from Hindustan Bible Institute and College (HBI), Chennai, India. HBI is led by Paul R. Gupta, PhD, and is one of Mission ONE’s long-standing cross-cultural ministry partners. 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.  


Through this curriculum you will thoroughly explore this question:

How can the honor/shame dynamics common to the Bible and many Majority World societies be used to contextualize the Christian faith in order to make it more widely understood and accepted?

Why take this webinar course? You will learn …

  1. why understanding honor and shame is a strategic issue for world evangelization—across the street and around the world;
  2. that honor and shame is the pivotal cultural value of the Bible;
  3. about the blind spot concerning honor/shame in Western theology—why we have it, why it matters for world evangelization, and what to do about it;
  4. to identify nine dynamics of honor/shame in the Bible as part of a cohesive whole;
  5. to observe honor-status reversal as a Bible motif—from Genesis to Revelation;
  6. how honor/shame dynamics in the Bible can make the gospel more resonant among Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu peoples—as well as the post-modern generation;
  7. how the Bible’s various dynamics of honor and shame overlap with a multitude of Scripture passages about salvation and the atonement of Christ;
  8. to develop Scripturally-rooted ways to freshly articulate the gospel of Christ—in ways that may better resonate with Majority World peoples;
  9. to see the pathological dark side of honor/shame, but also observe the Bible’s amazing, surprising bright side of honor/shame;
  10. the five levels of awareness of honor/shame dynamics and what this means for cross-cultural ministry;
  11. how honor/shame dynamics are key to understanding the meaning of the kingdom of God;
  12. that the legal framework for the gospel can be balanced by a regal framework;
  13. that Scripture reveals that God actually shares his honor and glory with persons and people groups—fresh thinking about our motive and purpose for missions;
  14. why a rationale to train cross-cultural workers in the Bible’s honor/shame dynamics reinforces Scripture as the beginning point of the contextualization process;
  15. the value of using an “honor factor” in developing mission strategy—with three recommendations related to cross-cultural collaboration and ministry to the unreached and unengaged peoples.


All classes will begin at 3:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This is 10:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 Central, 7:00 Pacific.

UNIT A, Classes 1–6, was April 5 to May 10, 2018.
  • Class 1: April 5, 2018 / Honor-shame in the mission of God
  • Class 2: April 12, 2018 / Honor-status reversal as Bible motif
  • Class 3: April 17, 2018 / Love of honor
  • Class 4: April 24, 2018 / Two sources of honor—ascribed and achieved
  • Class 5: May 3, 2018 / Image of limited good
  • Class 6: May 10, 2018 / Challenge & riposte (honor competition)
UNIT B, Classes 7–12, was May 24–June 28, 2018
  • Class 7: May 24, 2018 / Contextualizing the gospel
  • Class 8: May 31, 2018 / Concept of face
  • Class 9: June 7, 2018 / Body language
  • Class 10: June 21, 2018 / Patronage
  • Class 11: June 28, 2018 / Name/kinship/blood
  • Class 12: July 5, 2018 / Purity

UNIT A class content

Class 1  /  Honor-shame in the mission of God: Intro stories / Overview: guilt, shame, fear / Pathologies of shame / Blind spot: H-S in Western theology / ‘Honor-shame wheel’

Class 2  /  Honor-status reversal as Bible motif: Overview of status reversal motif—Old Testament and New / Honor-status reversal in Ephesians 2 / The Father’s Love Booklet

Class 3  /  Love of honor: Glory of God/glory of humanity / Longing for honor satisfied in Christ / Salvation as gaining a new source of honor in Christ

Class 4  /  Two sources of honor—ascribed and achieved: Ascribed & achieved honor—in Jesus’ life, in the Christian life / Justification as God’s way to give believers ascribed honor

Class 5  /  Image of limited good: In Christ is unlimited good / Shame resilience and honor surplus in Christ / Gospel of more than enough glory and honor

Class 6  /  Challenge & riposte: Honor competition as prominent social dynamic in NT / Phil 2:5–11 gospel of Christ as conquering sin via death and resurrection

UNIT B class content

Class 7  /  Contextualizing the gospel: Assuming the gospel / Gospel seed—kernel and husk / Conversation in Scripture between honor-shame and the atonement of Christ

Class 8  /  Concept of face: “Face” for all of humanity—East and West, North and South / Story of God’s glory / Gospel of “face restored”

Class 9  /  Body language: “Right hand” and “feet” / Psalm 110 as bridge bet. OT & NT / Gospel of the kingdom—Bible story by which God saves the world

Class 10  /  Patronage: Patronage in NT / Blessing & patronage / Abraham & Melchizedek / “Abrahamic gospel” / Gospel of patronage for refugees

Class 11  /  Name/kinship/blood: Family-offspring as window to the gospel / Blood replicates the honor of the family / “drink my blood” as “taking in” honor of Christ

Class 12  /  Purity: Atonement, salvation, discipleship in the Bible’s purity language / Gospel of purity for unreached peoples

UNIT C — six classes: (start date in 2019)

Class 13  /  Glory & honor in purpose for mission: God-centered & human-centered motivations / Honor of blessing the unreached / Longing for glory by persons and peoples—entry point for the gospel

Class 14   /  Honor-shame in training for ministry: Hiebert’s 4 steps of critical contextualization—plus 1 / Case histories and sharing what you learn / What are your next steps?

Class 15  /  Problem of rivalry in ministry: Honor competition in NT world / Rivalry in mission teams, networks / Solution—serving, giving honor, empathic listening

Class 16  /  Gospel of purity for secular peoples: Sin as relational pollution—brokenness in our world / Atonement for guilt and shame, individual and corporate

Class 17  /  Gospel of the kingdom for a violent world: Violence and shame / Shame dispelled by honor in Christ / Peace via shame of the cross / Salvation as gift of honor

Class 18  /  Your journey continues:  Developing “shame resilience” in our ministry teams—and honor surplus in Christ / Praying Scripture to know God’s honor / Next steps



Thank you for your wonderfully helpful webinars. Each one is like a bit of yeast which really starts working after the session ends, and continues to bring transformation in our thinking and seeing. Having lived in an honor-shame culture for close to two decades, I am well aware of the many individual differences which exist between my host and home culture. However, the honor-shame webinar training has helped me begin to understand how all these individual differences hang together in a coherent worldview, and more than that, to find that same worldview throughout the Bible!  —David Bakewell, Frontiers Outstanding introduction and review of the world of Honor, Shame and the Gospel. Werner’s humble delivery and personality never impede the scholarly potent message. –Marilyn Nasman I am thankful for the shame and honor class that Werner has been teaching. I have worked in French Africa for the last 25 years. All that his book and his teaching give on honor and shame are pertinent daily in my ministry in that area. –Mary Stone, TEAM Werner aims for heart-integration in this class that leaves both lay and scholar with an honor-shame framework to integrate faith with holistic KIngdom living. I’ve been training people in this arena for over a dozen years, yet God is using Werner’s passionate and integrative approach in this class to so bless my heart. –Steve Hong, kingdomrice.wordpress.com Honor-Shame is a KEY dynamic from the beginning to the end of Scripture. Yet for many of us it remains unknown. Through his book, The Global Gospel, and ESPECIALLY the webinar series, Werner clearly and with great depth has helped me to not only understand it’s importance but motivated me to preach it to the church to which God has called me. And the Study Guide exercises really help to personalize these truths in whatever cultural context God has you. I highly recommend it. –Dennis Schwarm, Pastor, First Baptist Church Of Oakridge, dennis.schwarm@gmail.com

[An endorsement for the book, The Global Gospel, on which the curriculum is based] … Biblically based and well researched, The Global Gospel is a compelling read that helps frame the gospel in the unique social dynamics of honor and shame—something we in the West so often miss. This is more than a book. It is a full-fledged course on biblically based cross-cultural communication containing graphics, charts and diagrams which forcefully illustrate Mischke’s insightful principles of sharing the gospel cross-culturally. –Marvin J. Newell, D.Miss., Senior Vice President

[After a series of one-day seminars in various cities in 
New Zealand] … “We invited Werner Mischke to share his seminar on honor and shame and The Global Gospel. And it has been so well received. The workbook was well thought-through. Werner has been engaging, passionate, and biblical. It’s been so good to gain these insights about the blind spot we have in the West about honor and shame.” –Russell Thorp, 
Missions Director, Global Connections 
in Mission, New Zealand

[After a two-day seminar in southern Europe] … “I read Werner’s book before we had the honor-shame seminar. As 
a missionary kid having grown up in the Arab culture, I found his material more helpful than any of the missionary seminars I had been to. One of the things I appreciate about this honor-shame material is that it goes into you at the same time that it goes out. It has application in self-awareness that is transformative. It is also like an undiscovered country of possibilities for cross-cultural ministry in how we reach out to the world. This honor-shame material helps us craft messages that are relevant to the heart and soul of people for whom concepts of purity, defilement, and honor-shame are at the core of their being. This will change the way we do ministry over time.” –Sam Winfield, Avant Ministries

[After a one-day honor-shame conference] … “Werner is 
a gifted communicator, event host and Bible teacher. His passion and expertise of the subject matter moved our hearts. His training and personal stories resonated with our audience, many of whom work directly with Muslims and Middle Easterners. We learned the importance of sharing with our networks and communities how Jesus covers our shame and restores our honor. We will recommend his workshop to ministry leaders and continue to incorporate the important honor and shame message into our future collaborative media projects and outreaches. We are grateful for Werner’s friendship and support for women’s initiatives, and look forward to working with him again.” –Shirin Taber, Director, Middle East Women’s Leadership Network

[After a two-and-a-half day honor-shame seminar in Thailand] … “Werner, we heard from one of the leaders; he said although this is your first time teaching in Thailand you spoke like one who has known the Thai people all along. The leader said that you spoke like one of them. He further said that he had never seen or heard of any Westerner who so identified with the Thai culture like you. This confirms we are on the right track with the language of honor-shame.” 
–Chansamone Saiyasak, PhD, Director, Mekong Evangelical Mission, Thailand

[After a one-day seminar, from a career missionary couple who have served among Muslim peoples] … “regarding your training held in Turkey … I thank God for the effort you have put into digging deeper and deeper into God’s Word, and out of that deep place, sharing what you have been blessed with. For me personally, I feel like I was given words to express what has been going on in my own heart for a very long time. I love Jesus and what he did for me, but I feel like I was at a rich banquet table of the Gospel, but only eating at one small corner of it. With your training and insights, I feel like the full banquet table of the Gospel was spread out for me and I can fully enter into it. It has been transformative for my own soul, and for how I look at sharing the Good News with the many people groups I am privileged to share with.” –Debbie (and Dave), EastWest Ministries

[After three weeks in India, teaching a two-week class on “Honor, Shame, and the Gospel” plus teaching in a week-long pastors conference] … “Thank you, Werner, 
for staying the extra week to touch the lives of pastors from many parts of India to influence a network of churches—the Indian National Evangelical Church. You have touched the lives of pastors from many language groups. You spoke to them in a plenary session and also in the various individual workshops, It’s so meaningful because most people in our country understand the stress of being in shame. Our country has so many people committing suicide because of shame—especially among our young people. 
You have helped the pastors understand how God can reverse shame into honor through His Son. I think this is going to leave a lasting impression on many of our people.” –Paul R. Gupta, PhD, President, Hindustan Bible Institute & College, Chennai, India

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost? The cost for each unit of six lessons is $60. There are three units to the curriculum, with 18 lessons in all. The cost for 18 lessons is $180. 2. Does a participant need to commit to all three units of six classes each (18 total classes) in order to enroll in the first set of six classes? No. People can register and pay $60 for each unit of six classes separately. 3. Are discounts or scholarships available? Not at this time. 4. What is the primary book being used for the class? The primary text is THE GLOBAL GOSPEL: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World, by Werner Mischke. Click here to learn more. 5. Is reading The Global Gospel a requirement for taking the course? No. However, it is highly recommended. 6. How can I get a copy of The Global Gospel? Registered participants will be entitled to a 50% discount for an electronic version of The Global Gospel available from Mission ONE. 7. What will the class study guide be like? The study guide (currently in the design stage) will be a free downloadable PDF document. 8. Can a mission agency have its staff participants from different locations in the same “breakout room”? Hopefully. We are working on making this available. There may be an extra fee for this. Our team at Mission ONE is researching this and will know soon. 9. Will we be able to ask questions during the class? Written questions can be submitted to the instructor in Q&A sessions. 10. What about group discussion in the class? We are planning to have some time devoted to small group discussion provided through the Zoom.us platform.

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