Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Missionaries & Church Planting

Volume 1 Number 3 (Winter 1992)

 

In This Issue

In this issue, we focus on missionary involvement in church planting. Church growth experts tell us that the most effective form of evangelism is the planting of new churches. The Year 2000 Gospel Movement has set as one of their goals the establishment of 10,000 churches by the year 2000 - an annual growth rate of more than 12%. The question this issue of TM asks is: What are missionaries doing tohelp reach this goal? What I have found out is that they are doing so much that we have had to select, from among many very good submitted articles, those that seem to berepresentative of what is happening.

 

Table of Content

Missionaries & Church Planting

  • Urban Ministry Taiwan by John Branner

  • A Church With A Vision by Wayne Schock

  • Church Growth in the Siu San Presbytery, Kaohsiung: The 2-0-7-0 Movement by Rev. Ms Chng I-jin and David Alexander

  • Three Southern Baptist Church Planting Starts by Gary Linebarger

  • The "Bread of Life'' Multiplied by Doug Vavrosky

 


 

  • Through the Valley of Death by Martin Yang

 


 

Regular Features

  • Window on the Church in Taiwan

  • Resources for Ministry

  • Chinese Church Happenings

  • Year 2000 Update

  • Meet the Missions

  • Living in Taiwan

  • Book Reviews

  • Women in Ministry

  • MK Education

  • Language Learning Corner


Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Missionary Growth & Effectiveness

Volume 1 Number 4 (Spring 1992)

 

In This Issue

While many missionaries come to Taiwan with the aim of helping others grow, they actually discover that they are learning a lot about themselves in a new way! Someone put it this way: "When I went to the mission field, my aim was to do great things for God. And ministering to the nationals would be just another step in years of service to the needy. But these expectations were short-lived as I embarked upon my missionary career. It did not take long to realize that the 'great things' would be what God did in me and for me." 

 While we are involved in this struggle to become effective, we may sometimes feel that what we are going through is too much to handle. James helps us to get the right perspective on the matter when he says, "When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends." (James 1:2 Phillips) We trust that this issue of Taiwan Mission will provide some helpful guidelines as you continue to grow and, hence, are also better enabled to help others grow. 

Table of Content

Missionary Growth & Effectiveness

  • The Understanding and Prevention of Missionary Burnout by Wendell Friest

  • Adjustment Problems Common To First-Term Missionaries by Harold Malone

  • Ministering Through Small-Group Bible Studies by Molly Johnston

 


 

  • A Counseling Center for Central Taiwan by Roland Friesen

  • A Missionary Version of I Corinthians 13 Compiled and adapted from various sources

  • Divorce or Suicide: A Testimony of Wu Hsi-Kuei by Wayne Schock

 


 

Regular Features

  • Window on the Church in Taiwan

  • Resources for Ministry

  • Meet the Missions

  • Living in Taiwan

  • Book Reviews

  • Women in Ministry

  • MK Education

  • Language Learning Corner

Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Church Growth & Renewal

Volume 2 Number 1 (Summer 1992)

 

In This Issue

Church growth is not just numbers, though. Maybe the title of this issue should be, "Church Renewal and Church Growth," or, "ChurchGrowth through Renewal," or vice versa, or... By now you see the problem. Just how does the growth of the Church relate to the individual and collective renewal of God's children? Can it be said that there is ever really true renewal without resultant growth in maturity and in numbers? Can not growth and increase foster renewal?

Challenging questions. This is what we faced as an Editorial Committee when we began to discuss this issue on the growth of theChurch in Taiwan, and we took our cue from the Year 2000 Gospel Movement. As their leadership struggled with the daunting task of mobilizing the entire Church of Taiwan to the evangelization of the whole nation, they quickly realized that only aleadership and laity that was first renewed in their relationship to the Head of the Church would be willing to begin and then carry to completion their monumental goal:seeing the Church multiply five times in size over the next eight years.

Table of Content

Church Growth & Renewal

  • Inner Renewal Leads to Organizational Renewal and Growth Andy Wilson interview of Pastor Nathaniel Chou

  • Awakening and Taiwan: Instruction from History on Revitalizing the Church by Richard Cook

  • Revitalization and Growth Among Tribal Churches in the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan by Don McCall

 


 

  • Devotional: Is There a Secret to Fruitfulness in the Christian Life by Rahn Strickler

  • The First TMF Conference by Helen Gilkerson

 


 

Regular Features

  • Window on the Church in Taiwan

  • Resources for Ministry

  • Meet the Missions

  • Living in Taiwan

  • Book Reviews

  • Women in Ministry

  • MK Education

  • Language Learning Corner

Taiwan Mission Quarterly

 

Chinese Culture & the Gospel

Volume 2 Number 2 (Fall 1992)

 

In This Issue

An unblemished pig is slaughtered, its blood collected in a bowl, the carcass hung on a rack with a tangerine placed in its mouth. This acrificial ritual is routinely performed as part of the "Peace Festival"in "Taiwan, yet many people do not realize the significance and background of the practice. In the Taiwanese language the word for "tangerine" and the word for "willingness" have the same sound - kam. The sacrificial animal is willing to give its life's blood for the sins of the people so that they may obtain peace.

About the time that Abraham by faith accepted the promise of God for the blessing of the nations through him, the Chinese were worshipping the "highest emperor" in heaven. Once a year, the emperor offered animal sacrifices to the God of heaven on behalf of his people. The Chinese character for "righteousness" (義) illustrates the sacrificial "lamb" (羊) covering "me" (我) - a person at war within myself ( 手= "sword" and 戈= "spear"). Through the blood of the lamb I am made righteous and obtain peace. Since sheep are rare inTaiwan, the pig is used for the sacrifice of atonement.

Whether ancient China received Jewish influences orthe general revelation of God accounts for the monotheism in earlier Chinese history is open to conjecture. In any case, intriguing parallels and redemptive analogies are available within Chinese culture for explaining the meaning of the good newsof Jesus Christ. This fact compels us to build bridges between gospel and culture as we do the work of evangelism in Taiwan. This issue of TAIWAN MISSION is dedicated to that end.

Table of Content

Chinese Culture & the Gospel

  • The Gospel for a Sin / Shame-Based Society by Glen R. Francis

  • Mr. Moses, Meet Mr. Confucius: A Mock Debate as an Attempt at Inter-Religious Dialogue by Wayne Schock

  • Chinese Worldview and Strategy for Evangelism by Gregory P. Hunt

 


 

  • The Mysterious Tension in Missions Today by Ralph D. Winter

  • Devotional: My Town, My People by Bobby L. Spear

 


 

Regular Features

  • Window on the Church in Taiwan

  • Resources for Ministry

  • Meet the Missions

  • Living in Taiwan

  • Book Reviews

  • Women in Ministry

  • MK Education

  • Language Learning Corner

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