(Christianity Today 2014 Book Award Winner) What's the Role of the North American Church? 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.
"This book is exceptional! Paul truly gets at the issues that are most critical for people in North America to understand if they hope to fruitfully engage in global mission. I will be recommending this book to many people! It should be required reading for any pastor, layperson or missionary who has not recently engaged in significant missiological research. It is an excellent tool to help North Americans get up to speed on what God is doing in the world and how they need to adapt if they desire to be a blessing and not a hindrance to his purposes." â€”Mary Lederleitner, missionary-in-residence, Wheaton College, crosscultural consultant, Wycliffe Global Alliance, and author, Cross-Cultural Partnerships
"It's easy to hang our heads in despair over the many ills of Western missions. But many of us stop there, paralyzed from doing anything. In typical Borthwick style, Paul draws upon his vast experiences to suggest solutions for how we can and should engage in global mission for such a time as this." â€”David Livermore, Ph.D., author of Serving with Eyes Wide Open and Cultural Intelligence
Part 1: Where Are We Now?
1. The State of the World
2. An Appraisal of the North American Church
3. An Appraisal of the Majority World Church
Part 2: Moving Forward
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
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