There is an unfortunate presupposition that has worked its way into current missiology that says some version of “This generation won’t pay the price that previous generations did. Therefore, we must alter the way we do missions.”
Not only does this run counter to principles we find in scripture, it is also counter to those who seek to gain a better resurrection…no matter the generation they were born into.
Who should the church raise up to go, how do you know who they are, what are their qualifications, when do you send them?
Looking through a Biblical framework at how we define “missions”. In an age where everything is missions, what isn’t missions and why are so many good things in that category?
Why do missionaries leave everything we have at home, our friends, family, churches, air conditioning, favorite foods, and the comforts of home? Why do we go to 90–100-degree weather, all types of diseases with centipedes, huge spiders? The answer: we have seen the glory of God AND we know that God deserves the glory.
Implicit in the command of our Savior in Matthew 28; “Go and make disciples of all nations…” is the reality that goodbyes are going to be a regular part of ‘going’. Saying ‘goodbye’ is the bane of missionary life.
Our goal in this article is to evaluate McGavran’s church growth principles from our own perspective as Indian Christians. We begin with an outline of Donald McGavran’s view of church growth and caste while delineating the positive aspects of McGavran’s model. Second, in order to set a critique of McGavran in context, we briefly describe the caste system in India. Third, we respond to McGavran’s missiology, providing a critique of church growth principles in light of Scripture and our experience in contemporary India.