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Does Majority World Church growth mean the end of Western mission? of Christians in places like Australia in The dramatic growth of the global church resourcing and genuinely partnering with sprang to life for reachout delegates this our brothers and sisters across the world year when a host of Langham Scholars in evangelism, theological education and challenged delegates to follow Jesus boldly service of the poor has only just started to and to rethink mission from a majoritytake shape. world perspective. Paul Windsor, Associate Director of reachout missions Conference, held in Langham Preaching, will be one of the main Katoomba, NSW, each August, seeks to speakers at reachout next year (13-14 help young adult Christians become fully August 2011). engaged in God’s global mission. Hundreds of young Christians encounter scores of The Workshop: mission organisations engaged in God’s Femi Adeleye work all over the world. Femi This year, Nigerian Langham Scholar Femi Adeleye is Adeleye, the Associate General Secretary currently for Partnership and Collaboration of the a Langham International Fellowship of evangelical Scholar at Students (IFeS), was a keynote speaker. He the Akrofichallenged delegates to move out of their Christaller comfort zones and into the work of God. Institute of but on Saturday afternoon, Langham Theology, orkshop Partnership conducted one of the mission and Langham W conference workshops, focused on the Culture ‘emerging face of missions.’ Femi was in Akropong, Ghana, and works tirelessly joined by two other Langham Scholars, promoting biblical preaching throughout Finny Phillip (India) and ronald (myanmar) Africa. together with Langham Australia staff Shine Finny Philip Thomas and Wendy Toulmin. Profiled in our may Newsletter, Finny Philip The seminar dealt with the key issues for is a Langham Scholar and now Principal of world mission considering the radical shift Filadelfia bible College in rajastan, India. in the face of global Christianity over the His denomination is undergoing rapid last century. growth, and Finny is striving to resource “by the year 2000, 75% of the world’s and train Christian leaders to help equip the Christians were non-Western and half thousands of new churches and believers. of the world’s Christian missionaries Ronald were from the ‘Majority World’ or ronald is Dean of Students and Lecturer in ‘Global South’,” said Wendy Toulmin. old Testament at the myanmar Graduate “That compels us to ask a whole range School of Theology in Yangon. He is of questions. What does that mean for currently completing his doctoral studies at our thinking about mission? Is there still a ridley melbourne. place for Western missionaries? How can we genuinely partner with our brothers and sisters in the majority world? Where should Western Christians focus their energies for kingdom growth?” Feedback for the workshop was positive — “most challenging and informative”, “could have listened and learnt all day” — and the consensus that emerged was that the role of Western Christians in God’s ronald, Femi & Fin ny re ACHoUT 20 10 mission is far from over — in fact, the role
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“Past put behind us, for the future take us”. That line from the great hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith (“Lord for the years your love has kept and guided…”) has come to mind recently. I have been editing a book about John Stott, to be called, John Stott: A Portrait by his Friends. It will be published by IvP for his 90th birthday next April (do look out for it!). What struck me again and again was how often John Stott was ‘ahead of his times’ — in the sense that he had ideas that seemed new and unheard of at the time. And of course, in founding the Langham Trust and the evangelical Literature Trust, he established movements that looked to the future. John Stott longed for churches in the majority world to be equipped to carry forward their own ministry and mission, to grow out of the colonial past that had shaped some of them, into a future of robust maturity. These programmes have been running for more than forty years, but we are not content with the success of the past. We want to be moving into new and creative ways of fulfilling the same vision. This issue of LP News highlights some of those developments that build on the past and move into new modes for the future, while still committed to the original tasks. • Not only funding doctoral Scholars, but also fostering doctoral programmes. • Not only distributing western books, but also helping indigenous books come into existence. • Not only training preachers at the grassroots but also raising the standards of preacher training in seminaries. So read on to find out how the vision of the past goes on, but is generating new and exciting paths for the future. I know that all these new things bring joy and encouragement to John Stott. His physical eyesight is now almost gone, but his clear spiritual vision will go on bearing fruit in ways he could never have imagined. Please pray for him in his increasing frailty and incapacity, and for those who lovingly care for him.
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Games come and go, but God’s word stands firm South Asia Bible Commentary Getting Kiswahili ABCs where progresses they’re needed The recent Commonwealth Games put India in the world spotlight, neatherless we hear very little of the rapidly growing church in South Asia. But great things are happening: Isobel Stevenson, Langham Literature, reports on the progress of the landmark South Asia Bible Commentary. The rise of radical Hinduism and radical Islam in South Asia is increasing the pressure on Christians, who need to know more about their faith in order to defend it. With the considerable growth of the church, many South Asian churches are now pastored by converts with very little theological or bible school training. “It will make a massive difference when these men and women have access to a commentary that they can read, particularly when the South Asia bible Commentary (SAbC) comes out in Hindi,” says Langham Scholar Dr Paul Swarup. The SAbC will be Langham Sc ho Paul Swarup lar Dr able to be used in at work on the SAbC undergraduate and college level programs that train pastors, as well as being a valuable resource for Langham Preaching. It may also lead on to a wider scope for Christian publishing in India, just as the publication of the Africa bible Commentary did in Africa. The team of South Asian theologians overseeing the project are clearly committed and excited about it. Several of them have already completed their own writing assignments and have taken on additional tasks. There is also excellent cooperation between the theologians, the copy editors and the writers. Working as a team, they are able to address any shortcomings in submissions and improve the quality of all submissions, with a sense of respect for each person’s role and contribution. The theological editors reported testing their own commentaries in their own preaching. one church in Delhi heard five sermons on the book of Lamentations, with many in the congregation remarking that they had never even read this book before, let alone heard it preached. believers are being exposed to more of the bible than they would have been in the past. Please pray for project manager and project editor Jessica richard, as she recruits a team of additional editors to share the load.
Having a one-volume biblical commentary written in your language for your context is one thing — getting your hands on a copy is another. But one faithful ex-missionary couple had ‘a few bob left over’ after a tough 2009, so they contacted Langham Partnership Australia to help them buy books for a bible College in Tanzania.
Alex and mon ik a with their Kiswahili editions of the AbC
on 23 August, 18 newlyprinted Kiswahili Africa bible Commentaries were delivered. “Alex and his wife monika were the first to sit and read them in our lounge room and they were very impressed. The AbC’s will be a big boon for the bible School,” wrote Cindy and Kees bootsma, serving in Tanzania. re Biblique French Commentai blilicc puub Pastors receive the ep r re an ric Af al Centr Contemporain in the
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Portuguese ABC spreads across Mozambique The Portuguese version of the AbC is spreading steadily across lusophone Africa, with 775 copies distributed across mozambique and Angola since April. 500 of these have been given free to pastors and bible students, with the support of Pamela Cox and her team at ministério Arco-Íris. Please pray for more funds to enable the further provision of the Portuguese AbC in countries where poverty is a great barrier for distribution.
Continue to pray for the ongoing project translating the Africa bible Commentary into malagasy, a language spoken by close to 20 million in madagascar. Give thanks for the recent commitment of the mauritian bible Training Institute, which has benefited from the Commentaire Biblique Contemporain (French version of the AbC), to raise money for the malagasy translation project.
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Preaching Good News Passionate about Preaching on Kome Island
The Word Rings out in Honiara
The Langham Preaching programme is all about working with national leaders to establish national, locally-led biblical preaching movements. After the initial week-long seminar, preaching fellowships are formed, followed by a Level 2 and then a Level 3 seminar. Next, a small interdenominational team is selected to be trained as local facilitators. In this way there is a cascade effect, as practical training reaches preachers in towns and villages across each country. It also means the work is self-sustaining, owned by the local population.
[This article was originally published in the local newspaper, the Solomon Star, 22 July 2010]
The explosion of the biblical preaching movement in Tanzania is the kind of thing that Langham hopes could happen all over the world, under God. As Emmanuel Oladipo, Africa Coordinator for Langham Preaching, watches this work unfold on Kome Island, he is constantly reminded of the movement Uncle emman of God’s Spirit in the book uel oladipo pa of Acts: God is as much at to the Church from the Lakerticipating in the procession Shore work today as then. After a very satisfying day programme in mwanza, which gave me an insight into how much the LP programme is valued across the denominational divide, four of the mwanza leaders accompanied us to Kome Island, five hours away by ferry. There we found a welcome party consisting of church leaders, choristers and dancers, to say nothing of crowds of excited children. It quickly became evident that our coming was a big event for the entire island where Christians comprise the vast majority of its 10,000 inhabitants, and where the churches share an extraordinary fellowship together. Half of the 60 church leaders at the seminar were women, representing all the Protestant denominations on the island. All of them are regular members of preaching clubs, and there were numerous testimonies of how LP training had been just what was required to make them effective ministers of the Word of God. one unusual event while there was the conversion of a thirteen-year-old girl who had been taken out of school to be “married” into sex-slavery in a traditional arrangement. It led to a rather unpleasant confrontation with her pimp (Acts 16:19!), but we received heartening cooperation from the chief of the island, and the case is being reported to the relevant authorities.
Sengerema & ‘Mama Langham’ We returned to mwanza by a different route, which enabled us to meet with the LP leaders at Sengerema, which is the home of the lady everybody addresses as ‘Mama Langham’.
over ninety preachers from across the Solomon Islands gathered in Honiara 16-23 July for the Level 2 Langham Preaching seminar. Nearly every denomination in the Solomon Islands was represented at this year’s week-long seminar: the Anglican Church of melanesia, the United Church of the Solomon Islands, the South Seas evangelical Church, Assemblies of God, the Worldwide Church of God, the roman Catholic Church, and Church of the Nazarene. This year’s seminar was facilitated by the rev Paul Windsor (Langham Partnership’s Associate Director of Preaching), rory Shiner (Associate minister at St matthew’s Anglican Church in Perth, Western Australia) and the rev Kevin rietveld (Director of SWIm in Solomon Islands). This is the second year, and second level of the seminar in the Solomon Islands. It saw both new and experienced preachers sharpen their preaching skills and be refreshed for their ministry. “one of the stunning things about this week’s conference is the level of leadership of churches, bishops, superintendents, and leaders of the ecumenical movement participating in the training,” said Paul Windsor. “God’s desire is to see his church grow up in maturity, not just in numbers,” he said. The seminar has been a cause for great hope among church leaders. “I’m looking forward to some great results after this. The word of God is powerful, and we need to handle it well,” said rev eric Takila, Senior Pastor at the Central SSeC Church in Honiara. “my challenge is that they take what they’ve learned and apply it where ever they go, I think it’s going to have a great impact.” The Anglican bishop of malaita, rev Sam Sahu, agreed. “Under God, I believe this Langham Preaching seminar will help to produce a new generation of ministers and preachers who love the Lord Jesus and who will be able to rightly handle the Word of Truth in our churches and communities, especially at a time when our country is faced with many religious, social and political challenges.” Andrew Robinson
by all accounts, Devoth Joash is a remarkable woman. Coming from a roman Catholic background, she married into an Anglican family and her father-in-law sent her to bible School. That is where she was saved, and then she was appointed an itinerant evangelist. She planted Devoth Jo churches in six villages, along with having and raising six ash — ‘M am a L angham’ children together with her very supportive husband. Why is she ‘Mama Langham’? It was her church leaders who sent her to attend LP seminars, and on completing Level 3 in 2009, she embarked on a new project: initiating preaching clubs everywhere. To date she has started five on Kome Island, five in Sengerema, and three in Geita. What is most remarkable is the way she gains the confidence of denominational leaders of disparate hues so that they entrust their ministers to her for training, and then brings them all to learn and share happily together under the auspices of LP. back in mwanza the leaders described to me the work of the 42 preaching clubs now meeting all over the country. Their strategy is to hold Levels 1 & 2 in the regions but make Level 3 national events. I will be delightfully surprised to know of another country where LP has permeated rural churches to the same extent, or where the training and fellowship it offers are more valued! Leaders visit local groups tirelessly, and although they are grateful for whatever support they receive from LPI, they are committed to funding the projects from their own resources. To this end, local seminars are scheduled at harvest time when people are best off.
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Stop Press: Vanuatu Facilitator Training The key stage for the Langham Preaching movement anywhere is the training of local facilitators who will train the next generation of preachers — running small programmes in their area. This has just been completed in vanuatu, with 20 local leaders from across the churches and across the country being trained together on the island of espiritu Santo 4-8 october.
Thinking Big: growing leadership on a global scale Teaching Preaching goes Global
Langham and Lausanne in Cape Town
Part of the reason Langham Partnership’s ministry is so strategic is that Langham’s programs span the entire spectrum: from grassroots involvement in preaching movements to global consultations on preaching in seminaries.
As you read this, delegates will be returning from the Lausanne Movement’s Third International Congress in Cape Town, South Africa which was held october 16-25. Four thousand people gathered from almost every country on earth.
In June, more than 20 teachers of homiletics from 15 countries around the majority world met at Wycliffe Hall (oxford, UK) for a week-long consultation — perhaps the first event of its kind, ever.
Many Langham Scholars were there. It is clear that the fulfilment of one part of John Stott’s vision — equipping leaders through the Langham Scholars programme — has borne fruit in another area of his vision, the commitment to the cause of world mission through the Lausanne movement.
Langham Preaching recognises that in order to see the culture of preaching change, the current grassroots strategy needs to be complemented with one that is directed towards the theological college. The week revolved around ten questions sparked by presentations from participants, including: • What are the theological convictions which must shape a course in homiletics? • How do we measure a student’s progress towards excellence in preaching? • When we move beyond ‘western’ approaches to homiletics what contextual challenges are faced? • How can homiletics become a central, and integrating, part of a college curriculum? “I treasured the genuine fellowship, the insightful contributions, and was encouraged by God’s work in and through you all from around the world. our long, but fruitful, days were a combination of theological rigour, respectful interaction, quiet reflection … and the nightly sharing of testimonies was especially encouraging of God’s gracious work in us,” said Chris Chia, Senior Pastor of Adam road Presbyterian Centre in Singapore. Participants returned home determined to strengthen the courses which they teach; to elevate the profile of homiletics in the wider curriculum; to build training partnerships with local churches and pastors; and to organize smaller, regionalised consultations and networks. Paul Windsor
Some, such as Andrea Zaki from egypt and Las Newman from Jamaica, are in senior leadership positions. Several Langham Scholars were involved in the multiplex workshops on issues such as Poverty, Prosperity and the Gospel; media and Technology; Urban mission; ethnicity; The environmental Crisis; reaching oral Cultures — and scores of Dialogue sessions. ruth Padilla de borst (Langham Scholar from Costa rica) was one of the team giving bible expositions each morning from ephesians. Femi Adeleye (Langham Scholar from Nigeria) hosted several plenaries, and spoke on the Prosperity Gospel. meanwhile, Chris Wright, our International Director, has been chairing the work of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, through a number of international consultations that have explored what each phrase of the Lausanne slogan — “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world” — means. Lausanne is passionate that mission and evangelism should be grounded in good biblical theology, and a number of Langham Scholars have been part of that group too. Chris is also chairing the small group of eight people, from different continents, who form the Statement Committee, planning to produce a document emerging from the Congress, “The Cape Town Commitment”, with two parts: “For the Lord We Love” (our commitment of faith), and “For the World We Serve” (our call to action). Please pray that as delegates return to their home countries and home churches, that the Congress won’t have been simply a very expensive exercise in talking about the gospel, but will motivate thousands to a more costly exercise of walking the gospel and making it attractive to a cynical and hostile world.
Doctoral Programmes and Pizza What has beirut got to do with pizza? And what has Langham got to do with either of them? The long-term aim of the Langham Scholars programme has never been just to go on bringing people to the west to do their doctorates. We want to raise the standards of the seminaries in other countries so that they can train their own teachers to the highest level — culturally relevant doctoral programmes. but what should a good doctorate look like, wherever in the world it is awarded? A doctorate in Africa might differ in some ways from a doctorate in Asia, and both might be different from a doctorate in the west, but what elements would be common to all as fundamental and necessary requirements for a doctorate anywhere? In Beirut, in march, hosted by the Arab baptist Theological Seminary, 21 leaders of evangelical seminaries in the majority world came together to hammer out answers to those questions. Some of them were Langham Scholars, now principals of institutions with other Langham Scholars on their staff. They came from brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, Czech republic, Ukraine, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philipppines, Kenya, Nigeria, Central African republic. And pizza? Apparently (we were told) pizza is the world’s most popularly marketed food. You can recognize a pizza anywhere in the world. It has a base (thick or thin) that says, “This is a pizza”, but with all kinds of regional variations in the toppings. A common base and shape, but varied content. We wanted to know what defines the pizza base of a theological doctorate, no matter what the cultural toppings might be in different places. There was a very strong commitment to agree on the highest possible standards, comparable to the best universities in the west, but not just imitating them. We wanted to have standards that could stand up in any secular academic court, but were also explicitly Christian as well. So we agreed upon the Beirut Benchmarks. They insist, for example, not only on core academic values such as comprehensive understanding, critical skills and creative and original contributions, but also on biblical faithfulness to Jesus Christ, Christian and scholarly integrity, and commitment to use scholarship and teaching to advance the kingdom of God and the transformational mission of the church. This agreement on the beirut benchmarks by senior evangelical theological educators from every continent is a historic milestone along the road to making our Langham vision a reality. Chris Wright
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- Does Majority World Church growth mean the end of Western mission? - “Past put behind us, for the future take us”. - South Asia Bible Com...
Published on Nov 29, 2010
- Does Majority World Church growth mean the end of Western mission? - “Past put behind us, for the future take us”. - South Asia Bible Com...