Some Considerations for Refugee Ministry (3/3)

Some Considerations for Refugee Ministry (3/3)

An important principle for ministry is to treat refugees with the dignity that they deserve as individual people created in the image of God.  This means that those ministering to refugees should not use “the desperate circumstances of refugees or ‘capitalize’ on their tragedy”[1] in the creation, implementation, or marketing of ministry programs.  This also extends to understanding the holistic needs of refugees instead of simply making them “mere gospel targets” [2] in evangelistic efforts.  This narrow perspective is overcome…

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A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (2/3)

A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (2/3)

Part 2: Appropriate Biblical Responses to Refugees After considering the scope of Old Testament law protections applied to foreigners, some principles can be gathered which may have application to the church’s current response to refugees.  There is evidence that refugees should not be mistreated or oppressed (Exod. 22:21, Lev. 19:33), there should be fair administration of justice to refugees (Deut. 1:16-17, 24:17), refugees should be included under the protection of employment regulations including the timely payment of wages (Deut. 5:14,…

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A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (1/3)

A Biblical Perspective on Refugees (1/3)

A Response to Refugee Diaspora: Missions amid the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of our Times edited by Sam George and Miriam Adeney Part 1: Refugees and Why Christians Should be Interested Refugees in Summary A refugee is an individual who is forced to leave their homeland or area of residence because of the presence or real threat of violence, persecution, or conflict in that place. The countries which are currently producing the largest number of international refugees are Syria, Afghanistan, South…

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9 Lessons for Cross-Cultural Leaders (6/6)

9 Lessons for Cross-Cultural Leaders (6/6)

I have attempted to describe the biblical basis of the New Testament concept of the regional church. Along the way, strategic benefits that result when churches in a particular geographic area identify and collaborative for mission as the regional church have been outlined. Additionally, approaches to planting churches in regional church partnerships were briefly summarized and discussed.  I have also highlighted theological motivations for embracing and modeling the concept of the regional church. Now we turn to applications for cross-cultural…

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The Theological Roots of the Regional Church (5/6)

The Theological Roots of the Regional Church (5/6)

There are sound theological motivations for pursuing an attitude of shared identification and mission collaboration as regional churches. As stated in the introduction to this study, the regional church concept in the New Testament has been discussed far less than the universal and local expressions of the church. One possible result of this is that local churches and local church leaders experience isolationism and sectarianism. They become content with the unity they have within the local congregation and see little…

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