Messianic Judaism: a study in
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African martyr's commitment
Mission trip fund-raising
10 ways to ruin mission
Church Growth course resources
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." --
- What have we (as a local church or as a missions organization) changed because we take
- 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!)
- Do we seem to identify with one another and with what is going on?
- Does the target population feel ownership in the mission and priorities of the church?
- Do worship forms, leadership styles, and church life feel natural to the people?
- Is the core meaning of the gospel getting through?
- Is revelation taking place in people's hearts?
- Are there new disciples being made?
- Are outreach and invitation to involvement taking place across their natural and social
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."|
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