A Study of Cross-Cultural Mission Strategy: with Special Reference to "Thru Mission"

Jung Chul Son

Text in Korean with an abstract in English. Material is subject to copyright.

Abstract 초록

Many missionaries in the world went back to their countries after WCC missions committee urged their return in 1963. As a result, the churches in the mission field began to degenerate. Also, the missionary sending churches began to decline rapidly. With McGavran’s leadership, evangelical missiologists alerted the western churches concerning this and they began to gather efforts to counter the decline. Despite of their efforts, the passion for mission is still getting cold among the western churches.

The Korean churches not an exception. So far they sent many missionaries to the world but the decline of its membership in recent years concerns many who hope to advance the world mission. The churches and western mission agencies who enjoyed great successes through the method of inland and pioneer mission should now look for the new mission strategy and method for the future.

This dissertation is an attempt to meet this need. Based on the experiences that I have gained through missionary work among the missionaries in east Asia around Singapore, I propose the “Thru mission” with the support of Mark 16:20. In order to proclaim the gospel to the last nation, we should utilize the following missiological paradigm. Multinational mission strategy, multi-spatial mission strategy, multicultural mission strategy, multilingual mission strategy, and team ministry should be the Korean churches’ future mission strategy.

Theological Mentors: Peter Im, Ph. D.

Jeong Kii Min, Ph. D.

Seyoon Kim, Ph. D.