Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Trends in Mission

Prior to his current role as Leadership Community Director, Eric Swanson was part of Campus Crusade for Christ for 25 years. Most recently, he served as director of charitable giving for Tango, a private investment company. Eric holds a bachelors degree in social science from the University of California at Berkeley and is a DMin candidate in Transformational Leadership for Ministry in the Global City. Eric is co-author of The Externally Focused Church (Group Publishing, 2004).

In a recent article in Leadership Network, Eric writes of eight trends that he believes will shape the future of missions. He writes in detail about these in the article, so in this post I'll list the trends with only a small note about each.

The eight trends are:
mutuality - East and West sharing the gospel with each other - no longer a one-way street.
partnering - beginning with what indigenous leaders already have
investing in leaders - using the passion of local leaders
combining good deeds and good news - not a new concept, but heightened
greater financial accountability - not just relying on money from churches otherwise uninvolved
business as mission - entrepreneurial people starting businesses in mission countries
technology - these last two speak for themselves

You may not agree with everything Swanson says, nor how he says it, but these points remain worth considering.

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