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Book Chapter


Claremont Graduate University

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Christianity | Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology | Social Psychology


Cross-cultural church planters often work with individuals from several cultures or with immigrants from one specific culture. These church planters can develop a more effective church planting strategy by understanding three models of acculturation, the process by which individuals respond and change when coming into contact with a new culture. The one-dimensional melting pot model describes how immigrants acculturate as time progresses, from one generation to another. The two-dimensional acculturation strategies model describes what can be expected to happen to members of a diaspora population due to their views of both their host and home cultures. The social identity model of acculturation predicts immigrants’ desire to be member of a group based on the contribution of group membership to their identity. All three models can be used to help choose an appropriate church planting strategy according to the context.