"Indigenizing" ministries

Contextualization / Indigenization

Testing our levels of contextualization and indigenization

"The ultimate goal in contextualization is to help a . . . group (of people) learn how God can be a real part of their everyday life as they practice Biblical faith." -- Dean Gilliland

  1. What have we (as a local church or as a missions organization) changed because we take "culture" seriously?
  2. Does the target population feel "comfortable" in the church, in its worship and in its ministries? (In social situations, peoples' comfort matters to them more than it "ought" to!)
  3. Do we seem to identify with one another and with what is going on?
  4. Does the target population feel ownership in the mission and priorities of the church?
  5. Do worship forms, leadership styles, and church life feel natural to the people?
  6. Is the core meaning of the gospel getting through?
  7. Is revelation taking place in people's hearts?
  8. Are there new disciples being made?
  9. Are outreach and invitation to involvement taking place across their natural and social networks?

Based on material in To Spread the Power: Church Growth in the Wesleyan Spirit by George Hunter III

"Contextualizing the gospel: The gospel's contents never change, but the way in which it is presented, packaged and patterned should vary widely from one culture and sub-culture to the next for the sake of relating in the best possible way to the greatest number of people."
    --Craig Blomberg

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