Church Leaders Become the New ‘Face’ of Bible Translation

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Yesterday, David Reeves of unfoldingWord explained how and why church networks are bringing Bible translation “in-house.” Today, Reeves offers a closer look at Church-Centric Bible Translation (CCBT).

Using the CCBT model, unfoldingWord helps church networks translate the Bible into minority languages. More about that here.

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The end goal is to help church networks “understand tools, methodologies, and processes so well they turn around and teach another language community how to do it,” Reeves explains.

“They (believers) want to talk about Jesus in their language. We’re empowering them to do that in a way that doesn’t require our involvement at every step.”

Success stories

Many networks pair church planting with CCBT and unfoldingWord’s Gateway Languages Strategy to reach entire communities for Christ. “They’re trying to do church planting in minority language communities or unreached people groups,” Reeves says.

The “language of wider communication is inadequate to communicate the Gospel, or there are some geopolitical issues” that stand in the way, he continues.

To overcome challenges like these, unfoldingWord teaches its partners how to do translation work in the majority or “gateway” language. Then, believers can “take that same methodology and training and do it for all the minority languages they work with,” Reeves says.

“We do this in multiple countries across the planet.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Ask the Lord to protect unfoldingWord and its church network partners as they serve in areas of high persecution.
  • Pray more communities will receive God’s Word in their heart language using this process.

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