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Understanding pentecostal motivations for undertaking community development in South East Asia : evidence of an expanded understanding of holistic mission

Ware, Anthony, Ware, Vicki-Ann and Clarke, Matthew 2012, Understanding pentecostal motivations for undertaking community development in South East Asia : evidence of an expanded understanding of holistic mission, Australian journal of mission studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 31-39.

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Title Understanding pentecostal motivations for undertaking community development in South East Asia : evidence of an expanded understanding of holistic mission
Author(s) Ware, Anthony
Ware, Vicki-Ann
Clarke, Matthew
Journal name Australian journal of mission studies
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 31
End page 39
Total pages 9
Publisher Australian Association for Mission Studies
Place of publication Parkville, Vic.
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1834-4682
Keyword(s) pentecostal
mission agency
missionaries
community development
Summary A shift has been observed in the activities of by Western-based, pentecostal mission organisations in mainland South East Asia. Where once these mission organisations avoided formal community development programs as a distraction to their understanding of mission, the funding for and implementation of such programs has increased dramatically in recent times. This shift in focus is best understood by considering motivations and changing pentecostal perceptions of mission. The research is based on new primary data collected through interviews with long-term and senior pentecostal mission practitioners engaging in development projects in mainland South East Asia. It explores their motivations for engaging in community development, and in particular the extent to which community development programs are seen as a strategy for proselytisation as compared the extent to which they are conducted out of other humanitarian motivations. Analysis of this data challenges preconceived notions of proselytisation being the primary motive of pentecostal mission agencies, and demonstrates a more holistic idea of mission.
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Association for Mission Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050402

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