Summary: Barriers to planting and Growing Churches in cross-cultural communities with 38 case studies
BARRIERS AND BRIDGES FOR PLANTING AND GROWING CHURCHES
1. Tribal, Religious, Ethnic Prejudices
2. Other Political, Religious, or Ancestral Allegiances
3. Differences in world view
a. (Experiences, Realities, and Nature of God and His creation.
b. Truth (Its nature, origin, and its interpretation)
c. Beliefs (Who, What, Why, and How they should be expressed)
d. Values - What is of most worth, desirability, and utility
e. Practices - What are the customary normal actions that give respectability
f. Emotions - What are the ways that are most sanctioned and of whom
3. Lack of knowledge of God, Christ, Man’s condition in sin, grace, and faith
4. Resistance from traditional religions
5. Resistance from local authorities
6. Resistance from carnality of Christians
7. Resistance from Islam
8. Resistance from cults and occults
9. Resistance from the evil powers of the world, flesh, and the devil
10. Man’s natural resistance to change
11. Relationships that may appear to be threatened
12. Culturally accepted beliefs and views
13. Cultural Distances between the missionary and the people group
14. Geographical and ethnic barriers
15. Theological misunderstandings
16. Lack of goals for church planting and church growth
17. Unawareness of the implications of the truth for eternity and the consequences of sin and disobedience.
18. Credibility, and trust of the messengers and their message
19. Lack of training in church planting, evangelism, and church growth
20. Poor character of the missionary
1. The word of God that accomplishes the will of God through His Spirit
2. Prayer for the convicting, enabling, and guiding ministry of His Spirit
3. Research of the people’s customs, culture, and world view
4. Developing trust, rapport, and love for the people and their felt, perceived and real needs
5. Study the history of the people’s culture, history, and traditional views of God
6. Emphasizing essentials about God, Christ, The Holy Spirit, Sin, Heaven, Hell, Man’s Condition, Grace, Faith
7. Giving respect, honor, and consideration to the local authorities
8. Pointing out the cause and effect relationships between the needs of the people and Christ’s ability to satisfy them and solve their problems
9. Showing the gaps between the realities of the people’s experiences and the ideals of scripture
10. Refusing to condemn a cultural practices, but allowing the Spirit to bring conviction of real sin not just differences of opinions
11. Balancing your concerns between the people, the processes of presenting the gospel, and the product of starting and growing a church
12. Learning lessons of culture, language, and customs from the people as a means of showing love and trust for the people
13. Directing, equipping, and praying for gifted people to serve as full-time church planters who can work through seed families
14. Encourage church members to take on particular daughter church planting projects with their offerings and prayers
15. Use theological students during their long vacations as well as during the weekends to show evangelistic films and start new churches in cooperation with local church authorities
16. Help the people by setting up dispensaries, schools, and lay leadership
Questions to Ask During Contextualization Ministries
A. What would you suggest in using good cross-cultural And Biblical principles to advise these people and why?
B. What are the norms, forms and meanings that need to be understood before one cold properly give advise in this situation and why?
C. What are the realities, assumptions, allegiances, beliefs, values, truths, behaviors, perceptions, and emotions that need to be understood properly by the people involved and why?
D. What are the cultural barriers that must be overcome and why?
E. What are the means, messages, channels, filters that need to be understood on the sender’s part and why?
F. What are the means, messages, channels, goals, filters that need to be understood on the receiver’s part and why?
G. What are the role, ranks, goals, and status considerations that need to be considered in this process and why?
H. What are the social, economic, political, educational, age, gender, spiritual, cultural, or historical considerations that must come into play in solving this problem and why?
I. What are the kinship or family considerations that must be brought to bear upon this problem and why?
J. What are the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, personality, contextual, affective, behavioral considerations that need to be considered in this situation and why?
K. What are the power, authority, force, or influence factors that need to be considered and why?
L. What are the ways that this problem could be solved by enhancing trust, rapport, and mutual edification-love between the parties and why?
M. What are the negative cultural factors that could effect the resolution of this problem and why?
N. What are the positive cultural factors that could effect the outcome of this situation and why?
O. What are the best ways that one could practice face saving procedures in this situation and why?