I’d like to begin this white paper by presenting a hypothetical situation. Suppose that I am a missionary and that I’ve been sent to a country whose population is made up of two primary segments:
- the majority of people are part of the native population; and,
- there is also a relatively small group of immigrants or expatriate workers.
Each segment of the population has a very different culture. They have different traditions; their social systems are different; they communicate differently. For a variety of reasons, many of those in the immigrant population are nearing retirement age, and as they reach retirement age, they leave the country. And not long after I arrive in the country, the government, controlled by natives, reaches a decision to stop approving new visas for immigrants. And so the immigrant population begins to decrease over time. The native population, on the other hand, is increasing over time as new children are born. The native population is taking up a greater and greater percentage of the overall population, while the immigrant population is taking up a smaller and smaller percentage of the overall population. [Read more…] about Effective Church Websites