Author(s)

Benjamin LiFollow

Date

9-2016

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

David J. Pederson

Keywords

Canadian Chinese Immigrant Church, Church Growth, Evangelism, Trilingual Church

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Liturgy and Worship | Missions and World Christianity | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

MMC is a conservative, traditional Cantonese-speaking immigrant church that has had stagnant growth since its relocation to the rural area of Markham North, Ontario, Canada in 2009. The purpose of this project was to propose a new outreach model to enable MMC to more effective in evangelizing the Mandarin-speaking community in Markham. The proposed new outreach model is a refined version of Alan Hirsch’s Missional-Incarnational Model which mobilized the church membership to engage with the unchurched community for the Gospel. The research for this project was accomplished through studying the Chinese demographics in Markham, and through surveys of 158 mainland Chinese of their recreational needs. The results of the research would enable MMC’s refined Missional-Incarnational Model to implement relevant bridge-building programs and activities to connect with the unchurched Mandarin community for Christ.