Title

Transformational Scripture Engagement among the Budu of Congo–Kinshasa

Publication Date

2-2013

Abstract

This dissertation contributes to the missiological conversation on transformational Scripture engagement. Translation into the mother–tongue and good distribution by themselves are insufficient to enable multi–lingual Budu believers of Congo–Kinshasa translate the Bible into action and changed lives. Literature surveyed on Scripture engagement, biblical theology of mission and contextualization revealed that effectiveness seems to be handicapped by the lack of connecting and integrating the people's story in its wider historical context into God's story, as presented in the totality of Scripture and understood through relevant themes and motifs. In light of a history of a largely non–contextualized gospel, the model of biblical theology in context including creative solutions to language in a multilingual environment could offer a way forward.

This qualitative research identifies and documents Scripture resources that enable life–transforming Scripture engagement among Budu believers from their point of view. It further identifies measurable indicators that determine what constitutes verifiably effective engagement. The research methodology consisted of qualitative methods to collect and grounded theory to analyze the data from 36 interviews and 36 focus groups, participant observation and document research, representing the whole of the Budu region and its church leadership. The findings revealed the emic view that I classify in two key themes of "People" as Scripture resources and "Ministry" Scripture resources.

The data collected is used to develop a change strategy together with Budu leadership to enable Budu believers encounter God's Word in life–transforming ways using context-appropriate Scripture resources. My recommendations call for two important changes: (1) altering our comprehension of what constitutes a Scripture resource; (2) using this knowledge to enable Budu believers complete God's story in a way that it becomes "readable" through the messengers individually and communally and communicated through appropriated means of communication. I specifically address the issue of leaders as promoters of transformation in the largely but not only communal and oral context of African believers. As these leaders find their place within God's story, and become "living Scripture resources", credible conveyers of the Word of God, they will be able to lead others towards life–transforming engagement with Scripture.

Mentor: Roberta R. King

Degree Name

Doctor of Intercultural Studies

First Advisor

King, Roberta R.

Date Uploaded

9-25-2018

Collection Number

DMiss1467D

Document Type

Dissertation

File Name

Gottschlich_fullersis_1467D_10091

Language

English

Keywords

Missions, Congo (Democratic Republic), Kinshasa, Budu (African people)

Disciplines

Missions and World Christianity

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Material hosted by ProQuest subject to copyright

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9-25-2018

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