Ch.18 the indigenous churchPresentation Transcript
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
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.
Originated by Rufus Anderson (1841) and Henry Venn (1855)