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Ch.18 the indigenous church






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    • Introduction to Missiology Ch.18 – The Indigenous Church
    • Key Term - Indigenous
      • Agriculture – thriving in a given location, soil, and climate
      • Church planting – thriving in the cultural “soil” of a given place; culturally appropriate.
      Indigenization – developing a church that is self-governing, self-supporting, self-propagating, and that reflects positive aspects of the local culture in its expression of Christian community and ministry.
    • Key Term – Accommodation
      • Used more frequently by Roman Catholic missiologists
      • Definition: Accommodation – adapting or adjusting a culture to fit a received church tradition
    • Historic Indigenization
      • Historically driven by outside advocates
      • Developing a church native to its culture by external control is problematic
      • Proper approach is to guide cultural insiders as they wrestle with issues of indigenization
      • When insiders seek to integrate biblical faith and local culture, they sense the need for enculturation or contextualization
    • Key Term – Enculturation
      • More Catholic in origin
      • Def: the creative and dynamic relationship between the Christian message and a culture or cultures.
      • More specifically, it is the church practices which emerge as a result of this interaction
    • Key Term – Contextualization
      • Ecumenical Protestant in origin
      • Emphasis is on addressing the social issues in a particular context
      Contextualization – Enabling the Christian message to become alive as it addresses the core issues of a sociocultural context and transforms people’s worldview, values, and goals.
    • Three-self Formula
      • Originated by Rufus Anderson (1841) and Henry Venn (1855)
      • Formula: Self-supporting, Self-governing, Self-Propagating.
      • First thoroughly applied in Korea among Presbyterians upon counsel of John L. Nevius
    • Roland Allen (1868-1947)
      • Key issue is trusting the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of new believers
      • Result is partnership between missionary and native church based on mutual trust
      • Books
        • Missionary Methods: St.Paul’s or Ours
        • The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church
    • IMC Meeting of 1938
      • Watershed event in India because of the influence of the report on proceedings
      • “ An indigenous church…rooted in obedience to Christ, spontaneously uses forms of thought and modes of action natural and familiar in its own environment.”
    • Self-theologizing
      • A requirement for the “three-self” formula to be realized
      • Two-thirds world theologians began to introduce socio-cultural elements from their own context into the world theological dialogue
    • Models of Church-Mission Relationships
      • Mission directs the indigenous churches
      • Mission directs the indigenous church convention by controlling key leaders
      • Mission directs the indigenous church convention by controlling funding
      • Mission and indigenous church develop and implement a shared vision
      • Indigenous church divests itself of all connection to the mission agency
    • Missionary Obligation
      • Acknowledge the dynamic role change as the national church develops
      • Foster the early emergence of local leaders
      • Proactively shift roles to enable healthy autonomy of the indigenous church