Continuing in our series on The Haiti Collective’s philosophy of mission, we are addressing the issue of contextualization, which is communicating the gospel and accomplishing the mission of the church in culturally appropriate and biblically faithful ways. In addition to have indigenous leadership, we aim to also have a contextualized mission.
2. Contextualized Mission
We are careful not to import our cultural norms into our work in cross-cultural missions. Instead, we want to learn the customs, patterns, and ways of living in Haiti so that Haitians can clearly know and understand the gospel without artificial barriers. To overcome these barriers, we are careful to know our biases and traditions on the one hand, and also seeking to understand the cultural beliefs and behaviors of Haitians on the other. Our desire is not to teach them the American way of doing ministry but the biblically faithful way of being the people of God in their culturally-specific society.
As a network, we desire to know the difference between matters that are preferential and matters that are prescriptive according to Scripture. The former we hold with an open hand; the latter we hold with a closed hand. Biblically faithful and missionally fruitful churches in Haiti are not to be chastened by their indigeneity but challenged by normative principles of Scripture.