Global Missiology English, Vol 1, No 1 (2003)

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Practical Contextualization: A Case Study of Evangelizing Contemporary Chinese

Enoch Wan


Fourth in a series of six articles, this focuses on the topic of practical contextualization.  We move from a general discussion of theological methodology to suggestions for practical Christianity in terms of evangelizing Chinese. Based on work in Hong Kong, new ways of conceptualization, expression and application are found to be crucial in evangelism. The message of the Gospel within the Chinese cultural context should be conceptualized with an emphasis on honor, relationship, and harmony, which are at the core of traditional Chinese cultural values. In contrast to “felt need” evangelism, loving relationships and transformed lives are found to be the most powerful expression of Christianity. Evangelism is best applied through personal contact, private interaction, and/or network of the extended family.