I recently read (and would highly recommend) Charles Van Engen’s The State of Missiology Today: Global Innovations in Christian Witness. I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary copy directly from the publisher.
The author (and his fellow collaborators) suggest that there are eight mission trends to guide us into the future…
- Technology: Computer and satellite technologies will be more and more significant.
- Insider movements: Those who follow Jesus of Scripture within their religious communities of origin.
- Preemptive peacemakers: Displaced people are in need of the love of Christ and the creative and loving presence of Christians.
- Scripture: Christian growth and development simply require access to the Bible in a local language with increasing cross-cultural Christian contacts.
- Migration and displacement: In our globalized world poor immigrants are being received by nations far away.
- Holy Spirit: Christian mission will be guided and empowered more by unmediated means and less by what is mediated by human effort.
- Poverty and promise: Christian development work requires partnership, prayer, reflection, and long-term commitment to communities.
- Mission from the South and the East: Mission will be from many centers and from the margins.
Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.