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WCF.M4.L11 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Look for implications of rapid urbanization for outreach in the developing world. Read first-hand accounts of urban workers and poor, as they deal with daily life. Conditions for the poor today in many Third World cities are not really much different from those 40-50 years ago.

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare characteristics of cities versus rural areas in the Third World.
  • Describe coping mechanisms used by the urban poor and recent migrants to the city.
  • Discuss suggestions for voluntary organizations in working with the urban poor.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 44-45Lesson 11 Introduction

  • General

  • Urbanization
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 955-956Third World
  • 992-994Urbanization

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 541-546Review: Social and Cultural Changes since 1945

  • Latin America and India
  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 72-73Challenges to Mission: Urban Areas

  • Problems identified in Turner’s classic study have still not been solved in much of the developing world. Note that even professionals and lower middle class families resort to land invasion to obtain housing.
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 1008-1009Wealth and Poverty

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  11A Aghamkar: Family Coherence and Evangelization in Urban India
  •  11B Lelyveld: Kishan Babu

  • Myers: Walking With the Poor
  • 91-110Chapter 4: Perspectives on Development

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Woodberry, ed: Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road
  • 72-80#4 Conn: Urbanization and Its Implications

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 559-564#86 Greenway: Challenge of the Cities

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 419-421Urban Mission

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 45-48Lesson 11 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 356Global Teams: Module 4 Global Teams Inductive Bible Study Guidelines: Study H: The Big Picture

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 429India: Karnataka
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How do Third World cities differ from their rural hinterlands? Indicate the implications of some of these factors for cross-cultural religious work.

  • What mechanisms have urban immigrants and the urban poor developed to help them cope with problems?

  • Compare the role of the kinship versus voluntary associations for Third World urban peoples. How might these forms of social relations affect development work?