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Church Planting Module 6 - Contextualisation

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Contextualisation is the process of looking at a community and seeking to present the good news about Jesus to it in the right way.

It used to be that contextualisation was only done by missionaries that were going overseas into a different culture.  It was assumed that we, here in Australia, didn’t have to do that. But that is not the case.  Every planter and every planting team in Australia needs to carefully think through contextualisation – the process of understanding the culture you are encountering.

5 questions to think about:

  • What’s going on?  Really listen and observe your community.
  • Why is it going on? What prompts the things you’ve seen and heard in the community around you?
  • What ought to be going on?  What does the Bible have to say about those things?
  • Where is the common ground? Look at all the information you’ve gathered and look for common ground with those you are seeking to reach.
  • How might we respond?  Figure out the best way to respond as the people of God to the community around you.

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