Missionaries: aliens, providers, or fellow travellers?

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Missionaries: aliens, providers, or fellow travellers?

Time: December 8, 2019 at 5pm to December 11, 2019 at 1pm
Location: All Nations Christian College, Ware, Herts, UK.
City/Town: Ware
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Phone: http://tinyurl.com/vmconference
Event Type: conference.
Organized By: All Nations Christian College with Alliance for Vulnerable Mission
Latest Activity: Jun 6, 2019

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Event Description

Strapline: Should the majority world be the target of patronage from rich missionaries?


Paragraph: Outside Christian workers who build on foreign presuppositions in work amongst indigenous communities can, especially when foreign funded and using outside languages, be interpreted as riding roughshod over indigenous sensibilities. True empowerment of local people requires getting alongside them. This necessitates vulnerability to their position and context. Such vulnerability can best be achieved if one shares the Gospel using indigenous languages utilising local resources.


 We will be discussing issues such as:


Practicalities and ramifications of use of indigenous languages by Western missionaries.

How does translation into an indigenous language (and from an indigenous language) affect the fronting of the gospel and of missionary work in general?

While finances are needed for mission work, how can one ensure that finances do not dominate one’s mission work?

What are the good practices that ensure a missionary’s vulnerability to local context(s)?

How to engage in mission without exuding (excessive) power.

Organisation structures that enable vulnerability on the side of Western missionaries on the ground.

Helping Churches who want to engage directly in mission cross culturally to avoid pitfalls of power.

Tentmaking and business as mission models that leave the Westerner vulnerable.: How can the commercial world be used to engage in mission without promoting ‘evils’ of capitalism?

When the uneven spread of wealth is itself an injustice, how can one use one’s surplus to enact global justice.

How can mission promote vulnerability, when dominant models of understanding presented by a vast global media are rooted in positivism and liberalism,  TVR: science isn’t positivistic!

Is vulnerability the key to contextualisation?

Theology traditionally draws strongly on metaphor. In the majority world, local metaphors are unfamiliar to the West. How can one then engage theology interculturally?

When politics and ‘religion’ are not separate categories, missionaries need to be careful not to get bogged down in unanticipated conflicts.

Is miracle a post-enlightenment category? Is ‘magic’ simply a normal prerequisite of human social existence. What does this imply for cross cultural missionary engagement?

Is introduction of outside technology implicitly exploitative and enslaving? TVR: Or liberating?

Globalisation as a force that cripples the periphery; how to overcome it? TVR: Or adapt to it?

When short-term mission has become poverty-tourism intended to adorn facebook with images of charity – what is the way forward?

Can Westerners relate to non-Western missionaries without dominating them?

While the bible is God’s inspired book, are western curriculum?

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