Seth Bouchelle highlights how the command to love our neighbor and the great commission fuse in modern urban missions.
He challenges assumptions about cross cultural ministry, the examples modeled by Jesus and effectively reaching out to Muslims. Plus as a peek in to the world of missions, he explains why being a missionary is a lot like being a standup comic.
What You’ll Learn:
- How studying Islam could be counterproductive in building relationships with Muslims
- About the importance of honor-shame dynamics in outreach to Muslims
- How being a missionary is similar being a stand-up comedian
About the Guest:
Seth Bouchelle has been planting churches among diaspora populations in NYC since 2014. Currently, he serves as director of Equipping for the Exponent Group. The focus of the Exponent Group is to “help organizations build healthy disciples that multiply the gospel.”
Through this role Seth works to train evangelists and advance disciple making skills within urban churches and nonprofits.
Seth is the co-author of Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World and the author of Lost Faith: A Practical Theology for Post-Christendom Ministry.
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Timestamped Show Notes:
01:18 - Topic: Why Muslim Evangelism Requires Its Own Skills and Ethnography
02:21 - Ministry through the Generations
03:57 - Loving Your Neighbor and the Great Commission in Cities
03:57 - Why Should More Christians Reach out to Muslims in Their Cities?
05:38 - Where to Start in Outreach and Evangelism
06:13 - Studying Islam for Ministry
06:31 - Curbing Assumptions
07:26 - Honor, Shame, Knowledge and Kindness
09:53 - Common Mistakes of Short-Term Missions Teams
11:03 - Common Islamic Ideas about Teachers
12:20 - Problems with Being a Teacher
12:47 - Engaging as a Learner and Honoring Your Neighbor
13:50 - Teaching versus Discipleship
16:25 - Respect, Politeness and Cross-Cultural Dynamics
18:15 - Re-interpreting Silence in Cross-Cultural Context
19:13 - Repeating Mistakes in Missions
19:43 - Unwrapping Missions from Colonialism
20:47 - Sharing the Gospel across Generations
21:53 - Biggest Hurdles for Muslims to Become Christian
22:17 - Is Multicultural Really Multicultural?
22:42 - More Like Jesus or More Like Us
25:14 - What Does It Mean to be Godly?
26:16 - Incarnational Missions
27:47 - Contact Seth Bouchelle
29:57 - A Stand-up Comedy Routine from a Missionary
31:54 - Joke: Huh, Huh, Haha, Haha
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