Center for World Missions

Dr. Cox PresentationsMissions Seminar

For Elders and Missions Committees
Monte Cox Ph.D.

Lesson 5: BUILDING STRONG CHURCHES

A. WHAT SHOULD THE CHURCH(ES) LOOK LIKE?

1. They should be free in Christ, not a transplanted U.S. church.

"Don't bring us the gospel as a potted plant,
but bring it as a seed and plant it in our soil."

(An anonymous Indian Christian)

2. They should be indigenous.

a. Assumption: indigenous churches grow best.

b. Definition: a church that is locally owned and operated

and NOT unduly alienated from their own culture.

Indigenous = nationalized?

Indigenous = traditional?

Indigenous = ownership!

c. The four selves: supporting, propagating, governing and theologizing.

d. Examples of ownership in:

1) singing

2) decision-making

3) appointing elders

3. They should be able to reproduce.

a. Germinal vs. terminal growth. A germinal church grows and reproduces on its own. A terminal church grows into a plant, but cannot reproduce itself.

b. Key question in a germinal strategy: Is this reproducible?

c. Role of the missionary in germinal growth? Work self out of job.

d. Web movements and people movements. Web movements develop along kinship lines. Many web movements become a people movement.

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