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Fra økonomisk «selvunderhold-ende» kirker til «ansvarlige partnerkirker»: En drøfting av pengebruk i misjonsarbeid

Ivar Vegge

English Abstract.

As a response to problems created by money in Christian mission, with dominance and paternalism on the one hand and dependency, passivity and corruption on the other hand, a radical ideal of (new) churches’ economical “self-sufficiency” has been widely advocated. However, using John M.G. Barclay’s six categories for “gifts” in analysing biblical texts on mercy and compassion, it is argued that Christian mercy and compassion by nature is easily exploited, while also being empowering, creating new life, changing individuals and societies. A historical review of diaconal work (Christian social responsibility), confirms the same understanding. Furthermore, “self-sufficiency” is a problematic principle in mission, more influenced by modern, western ideals than biblical perspectives. Thus, if Christian mission is evangelism and diakonia (social responsibility), mission organizations cannot simply downscale diaconal work to avoid problems that may follow the use of money in mission, without redefining Christian mission. The article therefore argues for a principle of “responsible partnership” in mission where one fights dominance and paternalism, as well as dependency, passivity and corruption.



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