Global Trends

Global Trends That Should Impact How We Do Church and Mission

  • Church Planting Movements (see the book Miraculous Movements)
  • The "rest" is out doing the "west": 80% of all missionaries are from non-Western countries
  • Websites and other media allow fast flow of information easily accessible to everyone
  • Strategic partnerships and coalitions
  • Growth of Islam and Christianity
  • Closed countries to classical missions
  • Changes in approach in fighting world poverty, e.g., dependency, etc.
  • Increase of women and children at risk
  • Shift to the Pacific Rim
  • Rapid growth of Christianity in Africa lacks discipleship
  • Reverse migration of Asians
  • Migration of Africans to Europe
  • On the edge of a worldwide economic crisis
  • Mission force is primarily non-professional
  • Government aid will be out-grown by other channels
  • Shift from parachurch to local church based mission
  • Urbanization
  • Modern communication reduces reading
  • Globalization of business
  • Women in leadership
  • Business for mission
  • Alternative forms of church now widely accepted
  • Median age in many countries now below 15 yrs
  • Holistic discipleship