Localization — Delivering Relevant Lessons

In 1st Corinthians 9:19–23, Paul says “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

Five questions to consider —

  • Activities — Do the activities in this material make sense for my audience?
  • Stories — Do the stories relate to my audience?
  • Sayings — Do the sayings translate properly in my culture?
  • Design — Is there anything that needs to be adjusted about the design?
  • Photos/Videos — Are there any photos or videos that need to be changed?

Five steps to localize —

  1. Recognize the need by applying the 5 questions to consider mentioned above
  2. Act — Take action by checking for copyrights to see if and how you can make edits. In case you are unable to edit, please ask someone at your church or ministry to help.
  3. Files — Pick out that which is relevant to your audience
  4. Edit — Take the time to identify the changes needed and make the edits
  5. Share what you have done with your children/youth and other teachers around you who would benefit

“Contextualization is the work of communicating unchangeable truths in understandable ways to ever-changing cultural context with the expectation that God will save.”



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