Since Garrison published his booklet, Church Planting Movements, in 2000, missionaries have been longing for more information. If readers only expected an expanded version of the booklet, they will be disappointed.
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The number and quality of contextualization resources on the Web is constantly growing. Here we concentrate on the element of contextualization most frequently discussed: theology.
Ana Silvia got the shock of her life. After five years of teaching the deaf, the young school principal almost lost hope when she discovered her students had made little progress.
When I asked missionary colleagues, “What would cause a missionary to be tempted not to be totally honest and transparent?”, two main answers surfaced.
Short-term missions has moved from being part of a larger missions vision and instead has become the primary goal of many missions programs. What was once a preparation step for long-term service has become the final destination.
There is a need for more objective criteria to assess when contextualization has crossed the line into syncretism.
Dear Chris, Thanks for your e-mail and your interest in development on the mission field. That excites me. You asked about our philosophy on development. I have to admit that most of my development philosophy comes from my fiascos rather than my successes.
Issues of terminology for God are highly convoluted when working with Muslims in non-Arabic-speaking lands where Christians use alternate terms for God.
Sebastian (fictitious name) met us soon after the border officials checked all our necessary papers and approved us for entry. For several days, Sebastian led us on a whirlwind tour of the church in mainland China. He told us stories about untold suffering. Along the way, Sebastian recounted his own journey as a Christian leader.
I was somewhat shocked to read the following statement by a respected Christian leader who is involved in a controversial approach to Muslim evangelism: “I am praying Phil will lift his Fatwa against our ministry among the followers of Ishmael.”