Is English a blessing or a curse in missions?
Cook School of Intercultural Studies
Christians are charged with taking the gospel to all nations, and therefore inevitably work in cross-cultural situations. But the current prominence of English as an international language creates potential problems in our approaches to missions and to communicating the gospel. Most importantly, neglecting to speak people’s local heart language may prevent us from connecting deeply with them. We believe English can be a blessing in sharing the gospel, but that there is also great potential for it to cause harm. So should native English-speaking Christians use English as our primary means of communication in missions? In this article, we consider relevant issues and suggest several principles to help formulate a useful perspective in moving forward.
Missions; Language and languages. Identity (Psychology) Sociolinguistics.
Evangelical Missions Quarterly
Lessard-Clouston, Michael, "Is English a blessing or a curse in missions?" (2015). Faculty Articles & Research. 217.