Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Self of Mission

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the Brill platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Mission Studies

Drawing on his experience as a missionary in Korea for over three decades, Edward W. Poitras reflects on the way a person expands him or herself as he or she encounters the culture in which he or she works as truly "other." A complete identification with the culture, of course, is never possible. Nevertheless, the authentically open person is changed in profound and life-giving ways. Poitras speaks of this change happening in three stages. At first the missionary works for others; then he or she identifies with the local culture. Eventually, however, the self is discovered within the local community; identity is received from it, as a gift. Such a development, says Poitras, is profoundly biblical in orientation, and is at the heart of the theology of mission.

Article metrics loading...


Affiliations: 1: Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas


Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Mission Studies — Recommend this title to your library

    Thank you

    Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation