This paper seeks to explore Donald McGavran’s understanding of conversion. First, we will look at the people and events that shaped his theology and methodology. Second, we will explore McGavran’s understanding of conversion. He clearly emphasized in his writings that Church Growth was conversion growth. He also was very clear that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. However, Donald McGavran’s understanding of conversion was clouded with the conflicting theological and sociological views that consequently influenced his methodology. Donald McGavran’s view of conversion lacked a clear theological explanation as to how man becomes a Christian. Most of McGavran’s explanation of conversion relied on methodology more than on theology.
Suarez, G. V. (2013). Donald McGavran’s Understanding of Conversion. Great Commission Research Journal, 4(2), 182-201. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol4/iss2/3