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by Femi B. Adeleye,Paul Borthwick

The 2014 Christianity Today Book Award of Merit Winner (Missions/Global Affairs) 2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Global Outreach) 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 Gods 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.
Download Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church? epub
ISBN: 0830837809
ISBN13: 978-0830837809
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Ministry & Evangelism
Author: Femi B. Adeleye,Paul Borthwick
Language: English
Publisher: IVP Books; 10.10.2012 edition (December 28, 2012)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1172 kb
FB2 size: 1914 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Borthwick has long been a spokesman for being globally mission-minded. This book of helpful and oft times stinging anecdotes communicates succinctly that the North American Church still has a role in global mission going forward. This role is counter-"American"-culture by calling us away from strategies, money and tasks and forward into servanthood, humility and relationships.

Excellent chapters outlining the best and the not-so-good of the North American Church and the "Majority Church seem balanced. Also the pithy chapters on the practicalities and principles of partnership (chaps 5-8) are worth engaging.

It's redundancy sinks the broad points, but can make the reader impatient.

Overall a solid work that I'll refer to and I'll recommend to others as well...(just like I recommended it to You!).
Addendum: I originally gave this a 4 Star Review, but after further thought I realized that this book contains an important general & global perspective which provides an important contribution to mission literature. This is the type of book that is accessible for anyone who can read in English . For these reasons, I bump my review up from 4 to 5 Stars.
The author clearly understands, from his extensive experience, how much the rich, Western church needs to listen to and learn from the powerful work of God in the third world. This is something that every church missions program should read and discuss carefully. He also "gets" the limitations of short term missions, with its unfortunate focus on serving "us" rather than the receivers. My only concern, as with the whole field of modern missiology, is the neglect of the difficult, less exciting needs of the secularized world and church of Europe. Many of the lessons apply across the board, but how can we assume that where the task is harder, where rock removal and new plowing is the need, and we seem less "successful," that God is not at work.
This was an incredible book with great insight into world missionary conditions as they exist today. The role of the Western Church (mainly America) in global missions is changing and it is time we Americans realized it. Those who were once targeted for missions are now sending missionaries themselves. This is a must read for anyone who truly wants to understand and get involved in world missions today. (From an active missionary in Papua New Guinea)
I have always respected Paul Borthwick's way of reducing complex ideas to facts and action items for Western audiences, and "Western Christians in Global Mission" does it well. Too many American believers are completely unaware of the radical changes in the global mission scene that have taken place in the last two decades. Those who are aware are struggling with questions about the inevitable conclusion of our insistence on sustainability for our partners overseas; are we working ourselves out of a job? And then there is the question of the United States being the largest recipient of foreign missionaries of any other country on the planet. What does this mean for the Western church? Borthwick deals with these and other questions in direct and practical ways that today's outreach worker can understand and execute. "Western Christians in Global Mission" is not only timely, it is a must-read for anyone interested in the continued role Western believers play in reaching a lost world.
This book, written from experiential knowledge as a missionary alongside a passion for and understanding of how God wants to use North American believers in today's world, gives theological and practical advice on the way forward for North American missions.
Most Americans I know have woefully little knowledge or understanding of the world in which we live and we tend to impose onto others the ways we understand God and the role He has for us in His world. Paul Borthwick helps us get a better, and more accurate, understanding of how the world is different today and how the role and place of Americans (you can insert "North Americans"; I just happen to be from the U.S.) and the American Church must change. We are called to the Great Commission. Let's find out how we can follow the call to take "Good News" to the "world" in the most strategic and effective way. Let's catch God's heart for the world and live for something far beyond ourselves.
One of the most amazing and informative books I have ever read!! The well presented information in this book truly changed my knowledge regarding global Christianity and transformed my heart for the majority world. This book is a virtual mission trip from the busy and comfortable west to the thriving and unpredictable church outside our walls. Read it with a friend because you will want to discuss the big ideas presented!
I like this book because it took biblical principles that should define who a believer in Christ is and what kind of life he or she should live. I rate it this way because it encourages the church everywhere to go everywhere conscious that trust is key which comes trough relationships that satisfies both parties, bring transformation, require sacrifice, self evaluation, and valuing others for who they are rather than what they have or do. I recommend this book to all Christian leaders.