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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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The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (4/6)

The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (4/6)

Church Planting Strategies & the Regional Church So far, we have established the biblical basis of the regional church. We have also discussed strategic benefits that result when churches in a particular geographic area identify as the regional church, and collaborate for mission. At this point it is important to discuss some practical ways the regional church can engage in the work of church planting today. In my research the most helpful literature on this subject came from a book…

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The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (3/6)

The Regional Church & Strategic Collaboration (3/6)

When churches in a geographical region choose to affirm a shared identity and strategically collaborate for gospel mission, there are many benefits that may result. In this article, we consider a few of the most foundational benefits: Collaborative Resourcing One the one hand, regional groups of churches can greatly benefit from sharing resources of all kinds, as Paul instructed the Galatians to do. (Gal. 6:10) The kinds of support that existed between churches in the New Testament is articulated well…

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Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (4/4)

Zinzendorf and Moravian Missionary Principles (4/4)

Section 4: Conclusion Most of these principles are good but a few had drawbacks.  Zinzendorf’s assumption that everyone has a concept of God is not a safe assumption.  While there is merit in preaching Christ first and foremost, it is only natural to include the message of the kingdom of God and salvation history, which would include the nature of who God is.  The Moravians tended to over emphasize the blood and wounds of Christ to such an extent that…

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