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WCF.M4.L51 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the practical, strategic reasons why one must be familiar with the forms of one’s own culture when transmitting the supra-cultural message to another culture.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 187-189Lesson 51 Introduction

  • General

    IJFM (Winter 2005) 22,4
  • 159-166Harlan: “De-Westernizing Doctrine and Developing Appropriate Theology in Mission”

  • Missiology (April 1997) 25,2, ATLA Religion Database
  • 183-207Ingleby: “Trickling Down or Shaking the Foundations: Is Contextualization Neutral?”

  • Hiebert’s ch. 3 is useful on culture shock and challenges for new cross-cultural workers.
  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 61-69ch. 3 Cultural Differences and the New Missionary (rest of chapter optional)

  • How can missionaries be servants to another people, when they are the ones who know the truth and have so much to teach? See chs 4 and 6 below for a more complete picture; they are equally important.
  • Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France
  • 53-69ch. 5 Friend, Foe, Ally … or Servant?

  • Other pages in each chapter are optional.
  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 82-86Culture

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 503-505Kietzman and Smalley: The Missionary’s Role in Culture Change

  • Optional
  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 13, 15ch. 1 Missions and Anthropology
  • 31-35bch. 2 The Gospel and Culture
  • 42b-43ch. 2 The Gospel and Culture
  • 45b-49ch. 2 The Gospel and Culture

  • Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France
  • 42-52ch. 4 Learning from Our History
  • 70-80ch. 6 Let This Mind Be in You

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 348-349French Polynesia
  • 823-824Tonga
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What does “supracultural” mean in the context of contextualization in missions? Give a concrete example in relation to missions to Muslims.

  • What is the danger of contextualizing to a dominant culture?