Examines Pauls missionary strategy
Applies theory to cross-cultural church planting
Emphasizes strategic planning over haphazard evangelism
Planting Churches Cross-Culturally
By David J. Hesselgrave
For the serious student of missions, this updated missiology text will be an
invaluable resource. Using the New Testament record, Hesselgrave has developed
a pattern for church planting based on the Pauline Cycle. Without discounting
the prerogatives of the Holy Spirit, he asserts that successful church growth
requires careful planning and structure.
The Pauline Cycle attempts to define Pauls strategy in his work with the
early churches. Initially, strategic areas are identified and
missionary-evangelists are commissioned. The missionaries make contact, share
the gospel and begin to bring converts together into a congregation. As the
congregations develop, new leaders emerge and eventually the church matures
into a sending unit with its own missionaries and outreaches.
An important consideration for cross-cultural church planting is to
thoroughly plan your initial contacts and strategies. Identify the respected
leaders within your target community and begin your work there. If these people
respond favorably they will pave the way to reaching others. However, if you
jump into haphazard street evangelism, your first converts may end up being a
detriment to your continued work rather than an advantage. While some may argue
that Jesus centered His ministry on the poor and downtrodden, it is worth
noting that His first priority was to establish a core group who would carry on
the work when He was no longer there.
Hesselgrave documents each segment of the Pauline Cycle with scriptures,
appropriate theory, research and examples. Numerous charts and graphs provide
visual reinforcement. This is a thoughtful and scholarly approach to missions
and church planting across cultures in North America and beyond.
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