Becoming Effective Kingdom Emissaries – Barbara Rudd Degenhardt

April 28, 2022

“Becoming Effective Kingdom Emissaries” with Mrs. Barbara Rudd Degenhardt, M.Ed., R.P.

This seminar by Barbara Rudd Degenhardt followed by Q&A is focused on gaining insights on becoming more effective Kingdom emissaries.

Grow in confidence and effectiveness in interacting with diplomats and dignitaries:

  • Connecting, engaging and hosting
  • Developing active listening skills 
  • Understanding cultural contexts
  • Speaking life and hope 


0:00 Introductory comments

2:13 Introduction to Christian Embassy of Canada

4:18 Barbara Rudd Degenhardt’s presentation

11:20 Knowing our identity and calling

15:05 Understanding cultural contexts

15:12 Knowing our mission field

18:45 Cultural intelligence

23:45 Learning how to approach clients

24:43 Connecting quickly

27:34 Engaging relevantly

30:26 Hosting genuinely

33:14 Developing active listening skills

33:37 Listening and attention

36:36 Understanding and empathy

39:00 Responding and compassion

40:46 Speaking life and hope

40:50 Encouragement – truth

45:06 Prayer without ceasing

46:38 Concluding thoughts and self reflection – where can I grow?


49:12 How can I bring Christ when encountering people in difficult circumstances?

50:56 How do we break through the “high walls” surrounding ambassadors and the diplomatic corps?

52:47 You mentioned that you were an introvert. In your pursuit of growth in this area, what was the greatest challenge that you faced?

54:13 With regards to children traveling with their parents to diplomatic postings, do you have any suggestions as to how to approach them and make them comfortable? How can we be salt and light to them as ambassadors of Christ?

55:58 Thanks to Barbara Rudd Degenhardt

57:42 Closing comments

Barbara Rudd Degenhardt, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist

In recent years, a deeper journey into Christian worship and the scriptures has resulted in a closer and more joyful walk with Jesus. With 25 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, Barbara has provided individual, couple and family therapy to multi-stressed inner city families, employees in the workplace and people on diplomatic, military, international development and business postings abroad.

Barbara’s experiences of growing up in India with Christian missionary parents and then later spending eleven years abroad on her husband’s Canadian diplomatic postings in Turkey, China and India, have enhanced her global awareness and cross-cultural sensitivity. Managing her family’s international relocations while raising two daughters has also afforded insight into the psychological challenges that expatriate families experience.

A particular interest in understanding and healing human emotions has led to Barbara’s development of the Psuche Model of Feeling and Emotion. read more