The Missiological Process

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by rufus, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. rufus

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    Fine Christian friends, evaluate this statement:

    The three major disciplines whose input is essential to the missiological process are theology (mainly biblical), anthropology (mainly social, applied, and theoretical but including primitive religion, linguistics, cultural dynamics, and cultural change), and history. Other contributing disciplines include psychology, communication theory, and sociology. All these disciplines interact within the specific structures and problems of the given field situation and with the motivation of the gospel as the driving force of that interaction. Therefore, basic components that later become "missiology" are neither theology nor history, neither anthropology nor psychology, nor the sum total of these fields of study. Hence ethnotheology, ethnohistory, and ethnopsychology emerge. The discipline of missiology then comes into its own, enriched and influnced by such ingredients as ecumenics, non-Christian religion, and even economics.

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  2. g_1933

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    What is the Missiological process?

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  3. The_Narrow_Road

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    Missiology: "the conscious, intentional, ongoing reflection on the doing of mission. It includes theory(ies) of mission, the study and teaching of mission, as well as the research, writing, and publication of works regarding mission" (Neely 2000, 633). "1. the study of the salvation activities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit throughout the world geared toward bringing the kingdom of God into existence, 2. the study of the worldwide church's divine mandate to be ready to serve this God who is aiming his saving acts toward this world" (Verkuyl 1978, 5).


    I don't see where pyschology has anything to do with Christianity? But that is my opinion.
     
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    Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  5. Rev. G

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    William Carey studied neither psychology nor sociology, but he had a fantastic grasp on theology, linguistics and local custom.
     
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    Sounds like pyschobabel to me. Missions operates according to God's plan.

    WIN THEM, BAPTIST THEM, DISCIPLE THEM, TRAIN THEM, SEND THEM

    MATTHEW 28:19-20
     
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    Um, now my english teacher had me tested and she says I'm reading on a college level, but WHAT exactly does that first post mean. And WHAT does pshycology have to do with missions? I thought we were suposed to win them to Christ and deciple them. What are ya'll talking about, up there?
    ~Abby :confused:
     
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    The definition give above looks to me like one developed with secular academics in mind. Something a Christian would use for his Masters/PhD thesis in secular/compromised grad school.
     
  9. Jonathan

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    All the original post is saying (concerning psychology) is that it is important to understand how a people group think. In other words, how is their logic "wired".

    Every culture has certain psychological "triggers" that need to be understood. We have all heard of cultures where giving a "thumbs up" sign is considered to be vulgar...and to appear vulgar among the group that you are targeting with the Gospel is not very helpful if you desire them to even give you a hearing.

    This is also nothing different than what we do when we go door to door, evangelically, here in the West. We make every attempt to avoid offending those that we visit by our interpersonal behavior.

    In essence, what the first poster was hinting at by discussing psychology was that to be effective in transmitting the Good News, we need to get as much of our own flesh out of the way.
     

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