Negotiating with One’s Own Culture

June 23, 2022

Negotiating with One’s Own Culture

The church planter is like a rubber tire between the bumpers of two vehicles.  Allen Roth describes the challenge of operating with integrity and with respect for both the sending culture and receptor culture while engaged in cross-cultural evangelism. 

Allen describes what he sees as Anabaptist core values, noting how we can easily be blind to our own spiritual heritage and to how we are shaped by our own culture. He also points us to key passages for cross cultural ministry such as Acts 3, Acts 10, Acts 15, Acts 20, and Romans 14 and 15. 

This interview is part of our series with Allen on Scripture, Culture, and Church Planting.

Episode Guest Info

Allen Roth

My wife and I (Allen Roth) have been involved in cross-cultural mission work and in church planting since 1978, first in Nicaragua, then in New York City where we have lived since 1986. We are the parents of three children and nine grandchildren scattered across the US and South Asia. It has been a wonderful journey which we consider to have been a great privilege and gift from God. Our vision and prayer is that God will awaken many in the Conservative Anabaptist churches across the US and Canada to hear God’s calling into church planting.

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Episode Host

Reagan Schrock

Reagan is a member of Wellspring Mennonite Church and lives with his wife Patricia in southeast Tennessee. Reagan, along with Jaran, started Anabaptist Perspectives in 2017, and serves in leadership in the organization, in addition to being deeply involved in overseas missions work.

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