This is the full-text version of the 330 page Ph.D. dissertation entitled:
"AFRICAN AMERICAN UNDERREPRESENTATION IN INTERCULTURAL MISSIONS: PERCEPTIONS OF BLACK MISSIONARIES AND THE THEORY OF SURVIVAL / SECURITY"
©1998-2000 by James W. Sutherland
African American mission executives helped to refine a survey that was sent to African American cross-cultural missionaries to determine reasons for the under representation of Blacks (African Americans) in intercultural missions. One hundred and two surveys were returned.
A theory is proposed and supported from findings that the core worldview value of survival / security in current African American culture explains the under-representation.
Implications for recruitment of African American missionaries are given for both Black and White mission recruiters as well as recommendations to the Church to remedy deeper issues of racism.