For nearly 200 years, most Evangelical Christians in the Western world agreed on the definition of “missions”: to win (“evangelize”) the world (“the ends of the earth”) for Christ. To participate in missions nearly always involved either going as, or sending and praying for, career missionaries from here (the West) to there (everywhere else). Those days are gone.
As the center of world Christianity has shifted to the global South and East, we stand in need of reimagining global missions as global discipling, which emphasizes, among other things, self-propagating indigenous churches and justice-based compassionate ministries. Join us as the Senior Pastor of a large, missional church in America’s capital region and the Executive leader of a global network of Baptist conventions and churches consider together what missions have become and where they might be headed in the next century.