n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - A matrix for measuring steps in the process of conversion
|Article Title||A matrix for measuring steps in the process of conversion|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Publication Date||Aug 2007|
|Pages||44 - 57|
|Keyword(s)||Christian conversion, Muslim-Christian encounter, Spiritual decision matrix and Sudan|
This article introduces a matrix for measuring steps in the process of conversion of Muslims to the Christian faith. It briefly explains conversion from the perspectives of theology, sociology and psychology. It then gives an overview of different approaches to describe the conversion process, particularly one-dimensional and two-dimensional approaches. Based on these various approaches a 'spiritual decision matrix' for evaluating the conversion processes of Muslims is introduced which describes the cognitive and the affective dimensions of such processes. The matrix shows and visualises various aspects in this process and becomes an important tool in evaluating the stage at which a Muslim friend is in the decision process. This enables the Christian change agent to be able to share the gospel in a meaningful way and encourage Muslim friends to move forward on the cognitive and affective dimensions towards a decision to follow Christ.
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