Trends


ARTICLES MISC.


[See also: TRENDS by Mislinks]

WORLD CHRISTIAN TRENDS, UPDATE 2007 by Todd Johnson
(Adapted from a plenary briefing given at the Lausanne Bi-Annual International Leadership meeting in Budapest, Hungary 18-22 June 2007)
Considering trends both inside global Christianity and trends outside global Christianity.

MISSION WORDS AND IMAGES: IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE
A consultation of prominent missions leaders decides that publishing warfare terminology in a missions context can be damaging to our efforts to reach the nations

MISSIONS TO THE 10/40 WINDOW AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH
by Chacko Thomas

ISSUES AND TRENDS THAT MAY AFFECT MISSIONS IN THE COMING YEARS by Pate Cate, President of Christar

THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH AVERY WILLIS by Rick Warren
Avery Willis recently retired after 10 years as Senior Vice President for Overseas Operations at the International Mission Board, where he played a major role in restructuring the organization to reach unreached people groups around the world.

AD 2001 REALITY CHECK: 50 new facts and figures about trends and issues concerning empirical global Christianity today. (Note: A small percentage of these facts are without enough explanation or supporting details to be sure of what they are trying to communicate)

STRATEGY, TRENDS & STATISTICS: A monthly report from the Lausanne Researchers’ Network
Note: The following articles are linked to past editions of Lausanne World Pulse
The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: A Model for Identifying Priority People Groups by Scott Holste and Jim Haney
Insider Movements: An New Phrase for An Old Idea by Greg Parsons
Roman Catholics in Mission: An Update by Mario Cappello
World Evangelization Analysis – Strategy Working Group by Paul Eshleman
World Christian Trends 2005 by Todd Johnson
Christianity in Global Context by Todd Johnson

WHERE WE ARE: a reflection on the current status of reaching the unreached by Justin Long (2006)
Where are we in terms of reaching the unreached people of this world? In order to assess the status of this movement, we need to understand key changes taking place.

THE NEXT CHRISTIANITY by Philip Jenkins (The Atlantic Monthly)
We stand at a historical turning point, the author argues—one that is as epochal for the Christian world as the original Reformation. Around the globe Christianity is growing and mutating in ways that observers in the West tend not to see. Tumultuous conflicts within Christianity will leave a mark deeper than Islam’s on the century ahead.

LIBERATING WORD: THE POWER OF THE BIBLE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
by Philip Jenkins (from Wycliffe Missiological Articles )
… today, as the centre of gravity of the Christian world moves ever southward, the conservative traditions prevailing in the global South matter ever more. To adapt a phrase from missions scholar Lamin Sanneh: Whose reading—whose Christianity—is normal now? And whose will be in 50 years? (Click here for Jenkins’ book, The New Faces of Christianity — Click here for David Mays’ Booknotes)

TEN EMERGING TRENDS IN SHORT-TERM MISSIONS by Seth Barnes (Mission Frontiers, January 2000)
Note: See next article for more recent insights from Seth
What a difference a few years makes. In 1970 you could count on one hand the number of youth groups doing short-term missions. Now it has become a standard feature for thousands of youth groups across the country. Many youth leaders affirm that their summer missions projects have greater impact than any other single event they schedule.

THE FUTURE OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS by Seth Barnes (World Pulse, March 2006)
A number of years ago, I noticed certain trends emerging in short-term missions. Many are still in effect, but ten stand out. Each of these ten are undergirded by five factors that drive the pace and nature of the changes afoot in the market.


BOOKS


MISSIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Getting Your Church into the Game by Tom Telford
Tom Telford shares his understanding of the church in North America, his vision for world mission, and his perspective on how these two blend together. His practicality and no-holds-barred approach make this book a must for church leaders, missions committee members, mission executives, and cross-cultural missionaries.

MISSIONS IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM: Key Trends for the 21st Century by Stan Guthrie
Packed with information and written in an easy-to-read style, this book will give readers a greater understanding of major trends in missions today. Missions committee members, professors, students and field workers will find this volume particularly beneficial.

THE NEXT CHRISTIANDOM: THE COMING OF GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY by Philip Jenkins
Jenkins is a professor of history and religious studies at Penn State University. This is an important secular study of the social impact of the growth and spread of Christianity. Compared to other books about Christianity it has received much attention, largely because it projects instability and potential warfare in areas where Christianity and other religions are growing in close proximity. The October 2002 issue of The Atlantic Monthly featured an interview with Philip Jenkins about this book. 37 pages of end notes! (Click here to see the rest of David Mays’ Booknotes on this book)

THE NEW FACES OF CHRISTIANITY Believing the Bible in the Global South by Philip Jenkins
This is a follow-up work describing how Christians in the newer churches read and understand the Bible.  It is more academic than the previous book … Nevertheless it has significant insights, especially for the missions movement (from David Mays comments in his Booknotes on this book)

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