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WCF.M3.L73 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the origin of modern people group thinking.
  • Explain the difference between McGavran and Townsend’s perspective on peoples.
  • Explain other currents of thought that were simultaneous.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 73
  • 272-274Lesson 73 Introduction

  • General

  • Skim for parallels to McGavran’s thinking:

  • Here is his later, more systematic thinking:
  • McGavran: Understanding Church Growth
  • 43-53The Marvelous Mosaic
  • 155-156Social Structure and Church Growth

  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 400-413From Mission to Church

  • Hutchison: Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions
  • 146-175Tradition Under Fire

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 377-381#59 Huneycutt: New Pioneers Leading ith Way in the Final Era
  • 327-328#51 Towsend: Tribes, Tongues, Translators
  • 627-632#101 McGavran: A Church in Every People
  • 653-656#106 Chua: Evangelization of Whole Families
  • 335-346#53 McGavran: The Bridges of God

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 274-276Lesson 73 Review

  • Optional
  • Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya
  • 322-323Translation, Radio, Recording; 20th Century chart
  • 375b-386aTranslation, Radio, Recording; 20th Century chart
  • 449b-452aDonald McGavran; 2d ed: Joe Moreno & New Tribes
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • There was a vast chorus of voices in the mission sphere following the massive impact of the SVM. Compare McGavran, Kraemer, Townsend, Hocking. Were they in different worlds?

  • What is Hiebert’s distinction between the perspective of McGavran and that of Townsend? How are both perspectives superbly important and complementary, and to what extent were these people realities overlooked earlier?

  • The shift from individuals in countries to peoples scattered in more than one place is the largest shift in mission strategy in the 20th century. Why has it taken so long?