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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

Bruce Green

Bridge Building Consultant

Bridge Building with Muslims

Los Altos, CA

(510) 828-4561

Consultant, Bridges to Common Ground. For the last 18 years Rev. Green has built bridges of trust with the Afghan Community in "Little Kabul" (Fremont, CA). He is a board member of the Afghan Coalition, the largest social-service agency run by Afghans in California. His experience includes church youth ministry, overseas missionary work in Muslim-majority nations, Business as Missions, executive mission leadership, and interfaith dialogue. He is the primary author of “Islam & Christianity,” Rose Publications.

2019 Workshop

Evangelism & Outreach: Reaching Out To Muslims: Understanding Honor/Shame Worldview


In our increasingly culturally-diverse community we need more tools in our evangelistic toolbox. Understanding worldviews, both ours and our neighbors, can help meet this need. Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Debilitating blind spots can happen when only one worldview is considered. Such worldview blindness can erect barriers of suspicion instead of building bridges of trust. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, Christians can distort the good news if we interpret the Bible using only freedom-guilt filters. The freedom-guilt worldview can produce “freedom-out-of-control” excesses in society such as gender-choice confusion, radical feminism and abortion-on-demand. People from honor-shame cultures who are now living in our communities can react to these extremes with fear and isolation. Alternatively, extreme application of the honor-shame worldview can support “honor killings” and even terrorism. We must avoid judging by the extremes and see value in the core worldviews. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. Our job is not to shame Muhammad but to honor Jesus. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.

Workshop Handouts: Worldview Workshop (pdf)