All too often, churches and mission agencies utilize ministry approaches that are time-tested…but also aging and dated. The premise of The Meeting of the Waters is that the rapidly changing world demands new and flexible ministry projects. And, as the world’s rate of change escalates, ministry solutions must be flexible.
Urbanization is one of the profoundest trends today, requiring innovative ministry responses. Fortunately, some of missions’ most storied people and institutions are facing up to this challenge. This includes organizations with whom I have extensive personal knowledge and great respect, such as Fuller Seminary, International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and InterVarsity. In “Urban Urgency,” their efforts are described, and Rev. Bob Roberts describes the challenge perfectly:
The world is connected, and what breaks my heart is that we are doing 21st-century missions with an 18th-century mindset and methodology,” said Bob Roberts, pastor of Northwood Church in Keller, Texas, and an advocate for “glocal” ministry. “The heart of the spread of the gospel has always been in cities … since the days of Jerusalem and Antioch and Rome and then London. It has not changed, regardless of where the agencies have focused. Cities are central.
To see the full article quoted above click here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/august/21.14.html