A ‘tectonic shift’ in missions

The missions landscape has changed radically in our lifetime, but most Christians haven’t even noticed – much less changed the way they approach the Mission.

That according to missiologist Ray Bakke, who spoke to the 2006 Urbana Student Missions Conference, which was held Dec. 27-31 in St. Louis.

“We’re moving away from a world of about 200 nations and [toward] a world of interconnected city states. It is changing in your lifetime and mine. We are shifting from an Atlantic world to a Pacific world, and the frontier is the city not the jungle. And so missions is no longer across the ocean, mountain, across the desert – it is across the street.

“In 1800, 2 percent of people lived in sizeable cities. In 1900, 8 percent. But a month or so after 9/11 in 2001, you may have felt the tectonic shift as, for the first time in human history, the majority of this planet lives in sizeable cities. It has happened in your time and mine.”

Adapted from Baptist Press article here.


About Mark Kelly

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