Western Christians in Global Mission by Paul Borthwick
What's the Role of the North American Church?

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The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Missions/Global Affairs)

The world has changed.

A century ago, Christianity was still primarily centered in North America and Europe. By the dawn of the twenty-first century, Christianity had become a truly global faith, with Christians in Asia, Africa and Latin America outpacing those in the rest of the world. There are now more Christians in China than in all of Europe, more Pentecostals in Brazil than in the United States, and more Anglicans in Kenya than in Great Britain, Canada and the United States combined. Countries that were once destinations for western missionaries are now sending their own missionaries to North America.

Given these changes, some think the day of the Western missionary is over. Some are wary that American mission efforts may perpetuate an imperialistic colonialism. Some say that global outreach is best left to indigenous leaders. Others simply feel that resources should be focused on the home front. Is there an ongoing role for the North American church in global mission?

Missions specialist Paul Borthwick brings an urgent report on how the Western church can best continue in global mission. He provides a current analysis of the state of the world and how Majority World leaders perceive North American Christians' place. Borthwick offers concrete advice for how Western Christians can be involved without being paternalistic or creating dependency. Using their human and material resources with wise and strategic stewardship, North Americans can join forces with the Majority World in new, interdependent ways to answer God’s call to global involvement.

In this critical age, the global body of Christ needs one another more than ever. Discover how the Western church can contribute to a new era of mission marked by mutuality, reciprocity and humility.
 

About Paul Borthwick

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Paul Borthwick (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior consultant for Development Associates International and teaches missions at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions. Borthwick is an active speaker and teacher, holding adjunct positions at Gordon College, Alliance Theological Seminary (Manila) and Lanka Bible College (Sri Lanka)--plus a guest faculty position at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Previously he served for more than twenty years on the staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts--first as youth pastor and then as minister of missions. A frequent contributor to Discipleship Journal, Borthwick is the author of How to Be a World-Class Christian, Within Reach: Examining the Mission of Evangelism, A Mind for Missions, and several other books and Bible studies. Femi B. Adeleye (M.Th., University of Edinburgh) is a Christian minister and ordained priest in the Anglican communion. He is associate general secretary for partnership and collaboration for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). He previously served as regional secretary for the IFES movement in English-speaking Africa. Adeleye has also been a featured speaker at the Urbana Student Missions Conference and spoke at the Cape Town 2010 Lausanne Congress. He is the author of Preachers of a Different Gospel (Zondervan, 2011). He is currently pursuing a doctorate in African Christian history from the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology in Ghana.
 
Published October 3, 2012 by IVP Books. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Global mission as advocacy of fairer international structures is mentioned only in a couple of anecdotes yet the lack of reciprocity and equality and the attitudes that go with it appear central to his theme and significantly impact on mission strategies.

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