Planting an Indigenous Church: The Case of the Borneo Evangelical Missionmaster
Series : Regnum Studies in Missions
Oxford: Regnum Books International
Copyright © Jin Huat Tan 2011
Rev Dr Tan Jin Huat
About the book
The publication of Tan Jin Huat’s book ‘Planting an Indigenous Church: The Case of the Borneo Evangelical Mission’ is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature in the history of Christianity in Southeast Asia, in particular, Sarawak. According to Professor Brian Stanley, Professor of World Christianity in the University of Edinburgh, this work breaks new ground in some important respects.
The story of the BEM and the SIB highlights the importance of intentional mission policy and its sustained implementation for the development of an indigenous church. Having a clearly defined exit policy provided the necessary impetus for the BEM to plant a church which was able to stand on its own two feet. There have been a number of contextual factors, such as the administrative policies of the Brooke government and the changing political situations in Sarawak and Malaysia that threatened to limit the growth of the SIB. However, the ability of the indigenous leaders to take ownership of the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), have enabled them to negotiate these challenges in such a manner that has made it the most significant indigenous church in Malaysia.
In short, this work is a pioneering study of the origins and development of Malaysia’s most significant indigenous church, the SIB.
Where to buy
If you wish to purchase the book, you may either email the author, Rev Dr Tan Jin Huat, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the publisher’s website at http://www.ocms.ac.uk/regnum/detail.php?book_id=81 .