You have heard me say that “the how of ministry is in many ways determined by the who, when, and where of culture.” What you name a church, how long a worship gathering lasts, the way a church will develop leadership, and much more, is shaped in part by culture. So it’s important to think in terms of a contextualization spectrum. When it comes to contextualization, everybody has a point where they think contextualization has gone too far, while others will say it is not far enough. So there is a spectrum with little to no contextualization on one end (actually zero contextualization is impossible), and total contextualization on the other end. To help mark degrees within the spectrum we could use a scale, say C1 to C6, as mentioned in an earlier post.

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