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Assessing the potential of Korean cross-cultural missionaries for the self-theologizing of the Korean Church
by Byun, Felipe Jinsuk, Ph.D., Trinity International University, 2012, 234; 3506351
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research is to assess the potential of Korean Missionaries to contribute to the self-theologizing of the Korean Church. For this study, interviews and questionnaire were adopted, respectively, as the qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The researcher interviewed thirty three people to obtain qualitative data which helped to formulate the working hypotheses, which in turn guided the construction of the quantitative research questionnaire. Four hundred- fifty Korean pastors and missionaries (n=223 and n=227, respectively) constituted the sample population of this study.

The researcher analyzed the data to verify the hypothesis of this study, which states that the amount of cross-cultural experience will enhance the Korean missionaries' potential to contribute to the self-theologizing of the Korean Church by the means of promoting their ability to (1) think flexibly, (2) differentiate between the gospel and cultures, and (3) be aware of the need of contextual theologies for the Korean Church.

The data analysis showed that while the amount of cross-cultural experience had no significant effect toward enhancing the ability of flexible thinking in Korean missionaries, it substantially enhanced their ability to differentiate between the gospel and cultures. The ability to be aware of the need of the contextual theologies for the Korean Church, on the other hand, was determined mainly by the denominational-theological tradition a missionary had been educated in.

The results of data analysis not only suggest that the Korean missionaries have great potential to stimulate the self-theologizing effort of the Korean Church, but also that they need to be adequately challenged by cross-cultural education/training to maximize their potentials.

Missiological implications of this study can be applied both in the global and Korean contexts. The evaluation of the Korean cross-cultural missionary movement that took place during the last 30 years should not be limited to the results that appeared on the mission fields. The movement's meaning will be revealed in a form of enormous blessings in the area of missiology and theology for both the global and Korean Church if the Korean missionaries are adequately challenged to become "reflective practitioners."

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Priest, Robert
Commitee: Netland, Harold A., Plueddemann, James
School: Trinity International University
Department: Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Theology
Keywords: Cross-cultural education, Cross-cultural experience, Korean Church, Korean missionaries, Missionary training, Self-theologizing
Publication Number: 3506351
ISBN: 978-1-267-31756-8
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