The rise of postmodernism; spiritual decline in the West; growth of Christianity in the Third World; the impact of global technology---our world is changing! How should mission-minded churches respond? Tracking current trends, this informative guide evaluates important developments, examines them in light of Scripture, and proposes practical solutions. Includes case studies and sidebars. 432 pages, softcover from Baker.
The dramatic changes that have taken place both in global society and in the church have implications for how the church does missions in the twenty-first century. These trends include the rise of postmodernism, the spiritual decline in the West and the advance of the gospel in the rest of the world, and the impact of technology on society and missions.
The Changing Face of World Missions is for the mission-minded church leader or lay person who wants to understand these trends. Each chapter identifies and evaluates a trend, examines it in light of Scripture, and proposes a practical response. Important terms are defined, and sidebars help readers think through the issues on their own.
Michael Pocock (D.Miss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is chair and senior professor of world missions and intercultural studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Gailyn Van Rheenen (D.Miss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) retired from Abilene Christian University in 2003 to launch Mission Alive, an organization devoted to the training of Christian leaders.
Douglas McConnell (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and associate professor of leadership at Fuller.