Christianity seems to be in decline in the West. But many churches in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the Majority World are growing rapidly. Western Christianity can no longer claim to be the center of the global church. Before long, two-thirds of Christians will live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. What does this mean for global Christian mission? What does it mean for worship, theology, faith and evangelism in the West? In GlobalChurch, Graham Hill engages with more than one hundred high-profile Majority World Christian leaders to find out what they can teach the West about mission, leadership, hospitality, creation care, education, worship and more. He challenges the Western church to move away from a Eurocentric and Americentric view of church and mission, and he calls the church to construct global missional conversations. The future of the global church―including the churches of the West―exists in these global exchanges. This resource engages with the work and thought of Majority World theologians and missiologists including
Ruth Padilla DeBorst
C. René Padilla
Sadhu Sundar Singh
GlobalChurch is an indispensible guide for the church as it navigates the unique global experiences of the twenty-first century.
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Most Christians today live, not in the West, but in the Majority World: Africa, Asia, and Latin and South America. In Global Church, Graham Hill talks about what Western Christians can learn from Christians in the Majority World and among First Nation peoples (i.e., Native Americans, aborigines).
The book has its advantages. The author's heart is in the right place, in that he supports social justice and creation care as a part of Christian mission. He is sensitive to the plight of the needy and acknowledges the social and economic challenges that face the world today. He expounds good principles: listening to people's stories, being hospitable, etc. His discussion about how African Christians see the Bible as a source of life was profound, and his discussion of what he considered the strengths and weaknesses of liberation theology was judicious. Hill talks about what Christianity actually looks like among Majority World and First Nation peoples: some African...
GLOBAL CHURCH: Reshaping our Conversations, Renewing our Mission, Revitalizing our Churches - Graham Hill, Downers Grove (Ill) (IVP Academic), 2015
This book offers an ecclesiology (a theology of the Church) from a perspective that most of us in the Western world are unfamiliar with: a view from the majority world. Hill has ‘outlined some culturally formed approaches […] focused on Africa, Asia, indigenous cultures and First Nations. As Christians, we must examine how our culture has shaped our [discipleship] [or churches generally], and vice versa’ (410) - and it is only after such examination, Hill argues, that we are able to gain a balanced view of the Church.
Ecclesiology Reading this book, it’s impossible to keep down your enthusiasm - at least I have to admit that I soon quit trying. No critical remarks, then? Yes, to be sure, and exactly on the point where I ‘d felt the most optimistic hope before I started reading...
Global Church: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches by Graham Hill
Global Church is a magnum opus of enormous proportions. The first three chapters confront the reader with the moribund state of Western Christendom. This makes for weighty reading: weighty in size and length, depth, intensity of thesis and in the demands it places upon Western Christians. As we see a expeditious decline of the church in the west, Hill’s book repeatedly demands a radical revolution in the life of Faith Community members.
Chapter 4,‘Liberating People’ commences the hands on and how to of Hill’s ideas. Hill attempts to juxtapose Majority World (Developing World) Faith Communities with Minority World (Western) churches with one and an other yet by Chapter 5 it could be said that Hill is not contrasting Minority World with Majority World churches but rather renewalist churches with others. One could contend that the...
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