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Preaching to Multiethnic Congregation

Positive Marginality as a Homiletical Paradigm


Woosung Calvin Choi

The impact of globalization is widespread, affecting every sector of society, and the Church is not immune from such influence. Churches are awakening to diversifying pews and finding it difficult to insist on strict homogeneity. This shift in congregational composition has raised homiletical challenges for preachers who need to learn to effectively minister the Word in culturally diverse situations. This book offers multiethnic congregations a homiletical paradigm under the title «positive marginality». The paradigm includes the five principles of positive marginality: Embrace, Engage, Establish, Embody, and Exhibit. This paradigm is measured against seven preachers currently preaching in multiethnic churches in six different countries. These preachers offer valuable insights and suggest a positive correlation between the proposed paradigm and the homiletical practice of the preachers in multiethnic congregations. This book will serve well for pastors, preaching professors, seminary students, and seasoned preachers alike.
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This book is a revised Ph.D. dissertation completed at London School of Theology in the UK. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my advisors Dr. Scott Gibson and Dr. Keith Ferdinando for their tireless supervision and constructive feedback. And my sincere thanks to my internal and external examiner, Dr. Mark Beaumont and Dr. Geoffrey Stevenson.

Special thanks to the preaching faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Dr. Haddon Robinson and Dr. Jeff Arthurs and the library staff at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and London School of Theology.

I especially wish to express my gratitude to all the people who participated in the study, especially the seven preachers who invested their time in the interviews. Without their knowledge and participation this book would not have been successful. My appreciation also extends to Watertown Evangelical Church of Watertown, Massachusetts, and many others for their generous support in allowing me to complete this endeavor.

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