Donald McGavran challenged the missions community sixty years ago to use the natural social bridges of a community, rather than create new ones, to see the gospel spread. This paper builds on this concept by applying social plausibility theory, as articulated by Peter Berger and Thomas Tuckman, to three case studies of church planting efforts among Muslims. The paper indicates, in keeping with McGavran, that missionaries may still construct “sociological mission stations” if they do not intentionally present the gospel to families and social networks instead of individuals.
Williams, J. S. (2016). Whose Story to Join? The Problem of Social Plausibility, Social Missions Stations, and Their Relationship to Church Planting Movements. Great Commission Research Journal, 7(2), 81-97. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/gcrj/vol7/iss2/7