The Lebanese Evangelical Church’s Response to the Syrian Crisis: The Shaping of Identity

Scott Gustafson*

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Abstract

The Lebanese church has experienced unprecedented challenges as Syrian refugees began flooding the country in 2011. This article attempts to discern the approaches to identity, strategy, and partnership that evolved for Lebanese evangelicals as the church found itself in the epicenter of Muslim emigration from war-torn neighbors. It discusses how the history of the Lebanese church prepared it for the most recent crisis and led to the development of unique outreach strategies and the intentional cultivation of robust partnerships. Finally, it demonstrates how these developments have contributed to the Lebanese evangelical church’s explosive growth in the last decade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-61
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Bulletin of Mission Research
Volume45
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • identity
  • Lebanese evangelical church
  • Lebanon
  • Middle East
  • Muslim conversion
  • Syrian refugees

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