This article demonstrates how indigenous church music can be an effective tool in promoting healthy church growth. After defining indigenous church music through the insights of ethnodoxology, the author explains how it engages local hearers through their own conceptual categories. This cognitive interaction is relevant in that it augments comprehension of biblical themes and content. But it also impacts hearers through the various levels of their worldview. The article ends with a case study of how a consortium of African theological institutions and IMB missionaries are developing orality-based indigenous music to teach, refute heresy, and evangelize the continent.
Yoakum, T. (2020). That All May Hear: How Indigenous Church Music Encourages Church Growth in Africa. Great Commission Research Journal, 11(2), 88-103. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol11/iss2/4