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Being On A Mission: The Relationship To The Outside World

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Pentecostal/charismatic pastors and church leaders describe their churches as 'new mission churches'. 'Evangelism' is used in a narrower sense and describes any activity aimed at recruiting active church members who adhere to the belief system and the ethical rules of the recruiting community. This chapter concentrates on three aspects: How the speakers locate themselves globally, how they formulate their evangelistic message to a German listener, and what they have to say about inculturation. Missionary talk is a form of symbolic mapping. The country in which the missionaries find themselves is located within the divine economy of salvation, and its culture and history are interpreted through a spiritual lens. In classical missionary narratives, such symbolic mapping usually took the form of contrasting the 'dark heathen' realities with the 'light' of the Christian Gospel and faith.

Keywords: Evangelism; missionary narrative; Pentecostal pastors

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