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The Future of Church Planting in North America


Damian Emetuche

The Future of Church Planting in North America looks to Jesus as the model for life and ministry as he said, «As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you». In exploring this passage, the author asks, what does this passage mean in church-planting terms? How do we apply the concept of being «sent» within contemporary North America? This region of the world, much like the Middle East in the early first century, is populated by a mosaic of people from all nations, tribes, and language groups. Dr. Emetuche argues that church planting by the majority of the North American churches has been unduly influenced by cultures and traditions rather than by a well-thought-out missiological application of theological convictions. Examining the life and ministry of Jesus as found in the Gospel of John as well as the New Testament church plants, the author makes a strong case for a multicultural church planting as a model for the future. Dr. Emetuche maintains that church planting is about the transformation of lives and cultures through relationship with Christ and, therefore, involves spiritual warfare. Consequently, communities formed through this union in Christ transcend culture, tradition, and national allegiances and become multicultural.
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Chapter 4. A Case for Multicultural Church Planting



This chapter compares North America to the Samaritans. Our people have come from every ethnolinguistic background to settle in North America, and we never can be like any other nation or people on earth. Arguing from this perspective, this chapter makes a case for a multicultural church plant.

Samaritan Nation

In the New Testament era, Samaritans were a people of mixed race. Their interesting history of becoming a mixed race may apply to the emerging identity of North America today. Samaria used to be the capital city of Israel. According to the biblical records of the Old Testament, Israel (Northern Kingdom) after the death of Solomon was separated from the Southern Kingdom, Judah. Later, Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 17:24–29) and scattered the inhabitants of Samaria all over the vast kingdom. According to Donald R. Potts, about 27,290 of the Israelites were exiled; and in their place, Assyria resettled captives from other conquered lands in Samaria.1

When Assyria deported their captives, however, they left some remnants, mostly the poor along with some Israelites who escaped the war and later ← 41 | 42 → returned to Samaria. With the captives from other lands resettled in the city of Samaria and the Israeli remnants left behind, intermarriage became a common practice. Through the course of time, the inhabitants of Samaria were no longer a pure Jewish race but a mixed group. They were descendants...

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