7 Global Currents That Will Propel The Future Church. A young Christian from Ireland moves to India--not to evangelize but to help girls escape prostitution. A retiring missionary in Brazil who long ago left all remnants of home encounters a thirty-year-old, laptop-carrying family man who rarely stops texting friends in the States. A Kenyan pastor struggles to connect with a congregation that watches a mega church pastor on the Internet every Sunday morning. The community of Christians around the world--also known as the Global Church--is stunning in its scope and spiritual impact.
But what is happening to the Church as technology, generational transitions, and cultural shifts make their mark? In "The Meeting of the Waters, " Fritz Kling identifies seven trends--such as migration, machines, and the growing Mercy Generation--having an impact on today's Global Church. Equal parts travelogue, character study, and global documentary, this breakthrough book is for anyone eager to make a difference in a changing world.
""Effective outreach begins with understanding. And today, that means understanding the forces that are shaping the church here at home and around the globe." --Chuck Colson, author
"The twenty-first century world is changing at a dizzying pace. Increasingly, for the Church to remain vital and relevant, new paradigms must be developed which address a wider-than-ever range of issues: poverty, human rights, ecology, justice, conflict, equality, reconciliation, and global events. In The Meeting of the Waters, Fritz Kling effectively identifies seven important trends that are leading the global Church into new and un-charted waters. The very relevance of the Church and its impact in the world will depend on whether and how it reacts to these emerging trends. This book is a must-read for Christians who want to stay relevant and effective while serving others and sharing the Gospel." --Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S., and author of 'The Hole in Our Gospel'
"â€œFritz Kling is well-qualified to assess contemporary trends of churches in global missions as he has had his finger on the pulse of Godâ€™s work around the world for years. We live in a changing world but tend to miss the implications of these changes due to the limited perspective of our western provincialism. Based on extensive research and interviews with national mission leaders, â€œThe Meeting of the Watersâ€ effectively communicates the issues that will shape mission strategies in the future. This is a book that should be read by church leaders, mission strategists and anyone committed to fulfilling the Great Commission as we move further into the 21st century.â€ --Jerry Rankin, former president of the SBC's International Mission Board
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