About William Kessel
William Kessel, born and reared on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a M.Div. from Bethany Lutheran Seminary. During his 36 years in the public ministry, he was both a parish pastor and a college professor. He currently serves as chairman of the Administrative Committee for Native American Missions for the WELS Board for World Missions.
“Apache Language, Culture, and Christianity: A Missiological Example”
In an attempt to become all things to all people (1 Cor. 9:22), St. Paul recognized cultural differences (1 Cor. 1:22) and took them into consideration in his gospel outreach (Acts 17). The purpose of this session is to show that:
- Since language affects a person’s thinking and perception of reality,
- Since cultural understanding is a necessity for effective mission work,
- Therefore, indigenization should be an all-important mission objective.