Now, more than ever, the world we live in is becoming “borderless.” Rather than being restricted to one location, travelling across the globe is easier than ever, thanks to the progression of technology to keep us all connected and accelerated global migration. Urbanization, pluralism, and diverse communities have also sparked strategy adjustments among churches and agencies because individual geographic locations no longer have just one culture or primary belief system, so the approach to reach people has had to adapt as well.
In the wake of a changing global church, what should the local church keep in mind? How does the landscape of global missions change? How should missions agencies adjust to globalization? Here are a couple of things we found:
1. Mission strategies, approaches, and structures should reflect the global nature of the church and factor in the complexities that can involve.
How one might teach others to live out their faith in one location might look completely different in another city. Many settings are multicultural now and that should be taken into account, so that we can navigate the challenges more efficiently.
While our Lord and Savior, Jesus, is the eternally the same, His church across the globe continues to grow and change with every year that passes. Here are a few things you might not realize about the global church in the modern world.
1. The center of Christianity is no longer in the west.
Christianity’s center of gravity is no longer moving north and west as it has in the past when Christianity spread to the western world. Now, the center has immensely shifted back towards the south and east.
5 Reasons for Missionary Attrition
1. Lack of sufficient support
The average missionary, like most non-profits, is in a perpetual state of fundraising. This is not as bad as it sounds however, many times it is for good reason. Though many missionaries are underfunded even well funded missionaries are constantly looking to increase their support health. The primary reason for this is that as a missionary's original objectives are achieved the ability to meet a greater need often presents itself, thus the need for increased funds and a never ending cycle of support raising.