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WCF.M4.L54 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Assess positive and negative aspects of the role of missionaries in introducing change.
  • Analyze factors that influence various peoples to accept religious change.
  • Describe the role of migration in mission.
  • Discuss the concept of culture shock and its effect on cross-cultural workers.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 199-200Lesson 54 Introduction

  • General

  • Indigenous Peoples and Change
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  54A Bodley: Indigenous Peoples

  • Case Study

  • Change Agents

  • The first 2 selections offer advice and useful perspectives for new missionaries.
  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 91-110ch. 4 The Incarnational Missionary

  • Lingenfelter and Lingenfelter: Teaching Cross-Culturally
  • 87-98Ch. 7: Teaching for Change

  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 75The Crucial Importance of Women

  • Hiebert: Cultural Anthropology
  • 335-354Political Organization

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 482-485#78 Parshall: Missions and Money
  • 486-492#79 Richardson: Do Missionaries Destroy Cultures?

  • Walls, ed.: Mission in the 21st Century
  • 118-129Hanciles: Migration and Mission: The Religious Significance of the North-South Divide.

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 225-227Migration

  • Hanciles: Beyond Christendom
  • 157-206Empire, Migration, and Christian Mission

  • Snodderly: The Goal of International Development
  • 125-134Moon: The Biblical House Church Model
  • 135-144Williams: How Cross-Cultural Workers Choose Their Country of Service: Do We Need a Change?

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 200-203Lesson 54 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 391-393Waines: Islam in the Modern World

  • Optional

  • Missiology 8:2, April 1980, ATLA Religion Database
  • 203-209Brewster & Brewster: Language Learning Midwifery
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries

141-169 ch. 6 Cultural Differences in the Message

227-253 ch. 9 The Bicultural Bridge

255-283 ch. 10 The Missionary Role

IJFM (Winter 2003) 20,4 (in 21,1 issue online)

35-44 Whiteman: “Anthropology and Mission: The

Incarnational Connection, pt. 1”

Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries

IJFM (Summer 2004) 21,2

79-88 Whiteman: “Anthropology and Mission: The

Incarnational Connection, pt. 2”

Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation, 7th Edition

454-455 Indonesia: Sumatra

Reflection Questions
  • What kind of roles do you see for missionaries in the ongoing process of social and cultural change in receptor societies?

  • Based on some of the case studies in this lesson, what factors do you consider particularly important in religious change in a society?

  • What characterizes culture shock and how does it affect cross-cultural agents seeking to introduce change?