Instituting A Missional Worship Style In A Local Church Developed From An Analysis Of The Culture.

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I felt like a missionary when I was called to pastor Vansant Baptist Church in 1995. The culture was unique, certainly different than any culture I had previously experienced. Vansant Baptist Church is located in southwest Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains. The community is known for its coal mines, friendly people, and Appalachian roots. When I arrived in Vansant from Fort Worth, Texas, I was immediately aware of a cultural difference in these two different places. The language, dialogue, mannerisms, and ...
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I felt like a missionary when I was called to pastor Vansant Baptist Church in 1995. The culture was unique, certainly different than any culture I had previously experienced. Vansant Baptist Church is located in southwest Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains. The community is known for its coal mines, friendly people, and Appalachian roots. When I arrived in Vansant from Fort Worth, Texas, I was immediately aware of a cultural difference in these two different places. The language, dialogue, mannerisms, and viewpoints of the people in rural Virginia, were obviously different from the urban culture of the Metroplex in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When I moved to Vansant, I realized that I could not do ministry in the same manner as I did in Fort Worth. The preaching, visiting, worship services, and programs would have to be designed specifically for the culture of Vansant. The problem became more pertinent when the church considered developing a worship style that is biblically pure and relevant to the culture of Vansant. Certainly, a single biblical style is not commanded in Scripture; therefore, the worship style will vary in form in Fort Worth and other metropolitan areas. The biblical message will remain pure. Specific biblical teachings examined in this study show the need for the church to understand the culture as a means of reaching pre-Christians with the biblical message rather than duplicating the latest trend. This study focused specifically on developing a culturally relevant and missional worship lifestyle.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243562890
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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