A Global Network
To think globally is to understand the way world events impact one’s organization. The American church has been globally insulated for much of it’s history. No more. We are no longer the world’s top sender of missionaries, no longer Christianity’s trend setters, no longer uniquely focused on ourselves. Churches are increasingly planting campuses in other countries, missionaries are increasingly coming to the US to do ministry, and we are finally recognizing Christian leaders from other countries.
Over time, we’ve seen Christianity’s core move from Jerusalem to the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Africa, Europe, then on to the United States. Over the next few years, Christianity’s core will leave the United States and keep moving forward. Latin America and Asia will be Christianity’s new leaders. Their international missions will increase exponentially, their churches will explode in population, and their pastors will become increasingly internationally known.
There’s nothing we can do to stop this. There’s nothing we should do to try and stop this. We need to embrace it, help our Latin American and Asian brothers and sisters be more effective in ministry, and continue to make disciples.
Is your ministry global?
Read my update post here at Predictions for a 2020 Church.