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Training leaders

Ideas from JJ, 2003

Movie: Make leaders. Let people be dependent on their own local leadership. God has entrusted the Church to the people in that country. They are able to train new leaders. The overall goal is for them to support themselves.

Culture Shock: Ch. 2: Demonstrating what love is to the people of another culture is very important. We show that we love others as God loved us and give them a model for how to live their Christian lives. We sacrifice for others because Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us and now we live in Christ.

From book report:

“Comparative studies of global education abound, but there are some new participants in this vast and complicated enterprise who may surprise even some of its more careful observers…New universities are arising, and they are coming from an unexpected source, the varied expressions of revivalist Christianity.

…When stating the purposes for their institutions, leaders of the new evangelical universities frequently mention two. They want to help students fulfill their aspirations, and the aim to serve the common good of their home societies. ‘A new generation is seeking reality in their faith in the context of a revived and developing society,’ states Stephen Noll, the vice-chancellor of Uganda Christian University. ‘Discipleship for them includes a tremendous hunger for education,’ he continues, and in equipping them for service, the new university is poised to ‘become the seedbed for the development of a stable, godly nation.’

Saving souls has become routine in many cases and there is a significant contribution to the surrounding context…The rise of evangelical universities thus marks the emergence of an important second chapter in the story of revivalist Christianity’s growth in the non-western world.” The New Evangelical Universities – Joel Carpenter, Mission Frontiers, March-April 2003

In Taiwan, there have been a few challenges in theological education. The first is the tension between the charismatic movement and traditional evangelicalism. The second is the fact that churches have not been successful in spreading the gospel among the grassroots people of Taiwan. A third is the establishment of graduate departments and schools of religion, collectively referred to as religious studies establishments. -Challenges of Theological Education, by Peter K. Chow, Taiwan Mission Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2000

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