Western Christians in Global Mission
The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Missions/Global Affairs) 2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Global Outreach) The world has changed. A century ago, Christianity was still primarily centered in North America...
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The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Missions/Global Affairs)
2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Global Outreach)
The world has changed. A century ago, Christianity was still primarily centered in North America and Europe. By the dawn of the twenty-first century, Christianity had become a truly global faith, with Christians in Asia, Africa and Latin America outpacing those in the rest of the world. There are now more Christians in China than in all of Europe, more Pentecostals in Brazil than in the United States, and more Anglicans in Kenya than in Great Britain, Canada and the United States combined. Countries that were once destinations for western missionaries are now sending their own missionaries to North America. Given these changes, some think the day of the Western missionary is over. Some are wary that American mission efforts may perpetuate an imperialistic colonialism. Some say that global outreach is best left to indigenous leaders. Others simply feel that resources should be focused on the home front. Is there an ongoing role for the North American church in global mission? Missions specialist Paul Borthwick brings an urgent report on how the Western church can best continue in global mission. He provides a current analysis of the state of the world and how Majority World leaders perceive North American Christians' place. Borthwick offers concrete advice for how Western Christians can be involved without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship, North Americans can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer God's call to global involvement. In this critical age, the global body of Christ needs one another more than ever. Discover how the Western church can contribute to a new era of mission marked by mutuality, reciprocity and humility.
Paul Borthwick is senior consultant for Development AssociatPaul Borthwick is senior consultant for Development Associates International and teaches missions at Gordon College in Wes International and teaches missions at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resoenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to particiurce ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions. Previously he served for more than tpate in world missions. Previously he served for more than tC
- <ul> <li>the 2014 Christianity Today Book Award Of Merit Winner (missions/global Affairs)</li> <li>2014 Outreach Magazine Resource Of The Year ("also Recommended," Global Outreach)</li> </ul> The World Has Changed. A Century Ago, Christianity Was Still Primarily Centered In North America And Europe. By The Dawn Of The Twenty-first Century, Christianity Had Become A Truly Global Faith, With Christians In Asia, Africa And Latin America Outpacing Those In The Rest Of The World. There Are Now More Christians In China Than In All Of Europe, More Pentecostals In Brazil Than In The United States, And More Anglicans In Kenya Than In Great Britain, Canada And The United States Combined. Countries That Were Once Destinations For Western Missionaries Are Now Sending Their Own Missionaries To North America. Given These Changes, Some Think The Day Of The Western Missionary Is Over. Some Are Wary That American Mission Efforts May Perpetuate An Imperialistic Colonialism. Some Say That Global Outreach Is Best Left To Indigenous Leaders. Others Simply Feel That Resources Should Be Focused On The Home Front. Is There An Ongoing Role For The North American Church In Global Mission? Missions Specialist Paul Borthwick Brings An Urgent Report On How The Western Church Can Best Continue In Global Mission. He Provides A Current Analysis Of The State Of The World And How Majority World Leaders Perceive North American Christians' Place. Borthwick Offers Concrete Advice For How Western Christians Can Be Involved Without Being Paternalistic Or Creating Dependency. Using Their Human And Material Resources With Wise And Strategic Stewardship, North Americans Can Join Forces With The Majority World In New, Interdependent Ways To Answer God's Call To Global Involvement. In This Critical Age, The Global Body Of Christ Needs One Another More Than Ever. Discover How The Western Church Can Contribute To A New Era Of Mission Marked By Mutuality, Reciprocity And Humility.
- Introduction: Questions For The Journey
- <strong>part 1: Where Are We Now?</strong>
- 1. The State Of The World
- 2. An Appraisal Of The North American Church
- 3. An Appraisal Of The Majority World Church
- <strong>part 2: Moving Forward</strong>
- 4. Biblical Continuity
- 5. Posture Of Humility
- 6. Purposeful Reciprocity
- 7. Sacrifice--not Just Generosity
- 8. Partnership Equality
- 9. Listening To Our Non-western Brothers And Sisters
- 10. United Together--so That The World Might Know
- Conclusion: Responding To The Invitation
- Appendix: Letters To The North American Church