Effectively Serving on a Multicultural Team

Michael VanHuis, Missio Nexus

Michael will share and teach from personal experience from serving as a North American on a predominately African team in Ghana, West Africa.  Multi-Cultural teams can bring great joy and promise, but also can be very difficult to navigate at times.  These teams are well worth pursuing and glorify God when we push through our differences to find unity in Him and His work!  Michael will dive into issues related to the missionary’s perspective and attitude, creating open communication channels to build team unity across cultural differences, and how to effectively support a missionary in this type of situation from a field, home office and church perspective.

Michael VanHuis has a B.A. from Hope College and an M.A. from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. He’s served as a missionary in Ghana, West Africa and in varying leadership roles within Pioneers.  He has also served as the Missions Pastor at Northland Church (Longwood, FL), a Senior Vice President for OneWay Ministries/Prayercast and joined the Missio Nexus team in 2015 as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.  Michael lives in Aurora, IL and is married to Laura with five children – Emily, Matthew, Anna, Andrew, and Elizabeth.