Insider Movement Articles

The phenomena of Muslim “Insider Movements” is becoming increasingly popular in missions methodology. The movement encourages converts to maintain their socio-religious identity and community while still following Jesus. Especially popular among missions to Muslims, the movement has also spawned a growing number of “Muslim Idiom Translations.” The following articles are designed to discuss this growing trend in light of a biblical view of missions.

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Muslim Insider Ecclesiology Part 3

Muslim Insider Ecclesiology Part 1

Does Insider Movement Contextualization Produce Biblically Faithful Churches or a Mere Mosquerade? In 2013, my family and I were living in Alexandria, Egypt, along with a small team of expats. We had been in North Africa and the Middle East for two years and had...

FAQ on Insider Movements

FAQ on Insider Movements

This FAQ deals with a missionary methodology popular in the evangelical world called “insider movements.” It is also known as C5 contextualization among other terms. This response to it was compiled by national church leaders, including those from Muslim backgrounds...

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Next to David Brainerd's Life and Letters, Henry Martyn's missionary zeal and legacy as a pioneer missionary and translator as captured in The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn (John Sargent) has become a classic in the modern missions movement. Martyn served in India...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

We will begin this final article with a review. So far we have looked briefly at six of ten characteristics of the Insider Movement methodology promoted among some missions groups today. This movement exists with intent to reach Muslims and other unreached people...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 3 of 4

In this series' study of the Insider Movement (IM), I highlight ten characteristics of this methodological missions movement. Insider methodology is focused on being an effective way to reach Muslims with the good news of Jesus. However, the problems with the movement...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 2 of 4

In the first installment in this series on the Insider Movement (IM), I discussed the definitions of terms (Insider and Contextualization) used to help describe what the Insider Movement is about. In this article we will look at the first three of ten characteristics...

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 4 of 4

What’s Inside the Insider Movement, Pt. 1 of 4

In this series of articles we will look at a methodological approach being used in some areas of the world to reach Muslims and other unreached people groups with the good news of Christ. In missions circles, this methodology is commonly referred to as the “Insider...

THE ADAM SIMNOWITZ CASE: ABOUT HARMING THE DEBATE

THE ADAM SIMNOWITZ CASE: ABOUT HARMING THE DEBATE

Introduction In September 2016, the Rev. Adam Simnowitz was banned from attending the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) annual conference in Dallas, TX. The reason given by Dr. Priest who was the president of EMS was that Simnowitz had violated widely shared...

Is the Iranian Revival an “Insider Movement?”

Is the Iranian Revival an “Insider Movement?”

Is the Iranian Revival an "Insider Movement?" Nothing could be further from the truth.  The blood of Iranian martyrs for Christ is crying to me from the ground, so I must offer this reflection in their memory. I write specifically in response to a post on the...

Editorial: Insiders and Separatists, to Assimilate or to Burn?

I am sure you watched on the news the church in Florida that is going to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with the burning of the Qur'an. One of the biggest questions we have been discussing on this journal has been contextualization....

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