Missions and the Christian Church in a Changing World

Paul Borthwick

Between his many global travels, conferences, speaking engagements and teaching, Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of Christian ministries, somehow found the time to write another book. Just released by InterVarsity Press, Borthwick‘s book, Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of North American Church? provides a current analysis on how the Western church is viewed through the eyes of Majority World leaders.  His book offers an appraisal of the North American church as well as the Majority World Church while also providing specific and theologically-based ideas for moving forward, calling for a return to our passions to serve and follow the Christ of history. 

Because of his book’s recent publication, Borthwick was a podcast guest on the blog, God and Culture, which you can listen to here. He will also be a featured speaker at this year’s Urbana Missions Conference. Here’s how his publisher described his newest book: 

“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.”

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