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Reclaiming the WildernessContemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao$
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Sébastien Billioud

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529133.001.0001

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Structuring and Organizing the Missionary Effort

Structuring and Organizing the Missionary Effort

(p.197) 7 Structuring and Organizing the Missionary Effort
Reclaiming the Wilderness

Sébastien Billioud

Oxford University Press

This chapter emphasizes the importance of two elements that are critical for the success of Yiguandao’s expansionary ambition: the training of talents able to efficiently proselytize and the sophisticated structuration of missionary strategies. Talents are trained in systematic sessions that all adepts have to follow on a weekly basis. The chapter delves into these sessions, showing how they combine solid spiritual training and the gradual development of useful proselytizing skills. This efficient management of human resources is backed by sophisticated strategies of development. The chapter introduces the multilayered environment in which a given place of worship operates and its adepts circulate. It also provides details about how missionary work is carefully and methodically devised and implemented, nevertheless leaving room for adaptation to local conditions.

Keywords:   training, proselytizing, missionary work, organization, strategies of development, circulations of adepts

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