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Young Kyu Kim

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The goal of this study was to explore the relationship between character development and cross-cultural mission. Although restriction and persecution causes limitations, the main challenge of churches in northern Vietnam is not caused by external sources, but the internal state of the Church. It is argued that perfecting these five Christian character traits can translate into out-ward, cross-cultural passion for missions in overcoming the challenge. The thesis was observed from the development of local leaders and modeled among first-generation believers of Faith Love Hope Missional Community (THMC) in northern Vietnam.

Through theological and biblical study, this study identifies the perfecting of five missional characteristics that empower leaders and communities to cross-cultural mission of God. Moreover, it highlights three interrelated issues facing the Church in northern Vietnam: irrelevance of the Christian faith in a Communist nation, concern for integrity among Christian leadership related to discipling and perfecting in mission; and lack of contextualized Vietnamese mission theology. Although the Church in Vietnam is presently growing in numbers, it identifies that two of the most significant factors of inward church focus and lack of Christian character are also on the rise. Although difficult, the project plans to evaluate the development of these five characteristics among members of THMC community.

This study concludes that Great Commission mission, influenced heavily by the call to discipling by Donald McGavran, has missed the inseparable discipline of the perfecting process of character development. As a perfecting process it identified development of five missional characteristics that leads a community to out-ward, cross- cultural ministry. However, the major launch of the missional community has only just begun. Therefore, further research and practices are needed before a definite conclusion, and at the same time, the lifelong character development to be implemented through missional community.

Content Reader: Dr. Kurt Fredrickson

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Faith Love Hope Missional Community (Northern Vietnam); Missional church movement; Character; Discipling (Christianity); Spiritual formation


Missions and World Christianity


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