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The shape of Global Christianity is shifting! If your Sunday Church service is your primary means of evangelism then you may need to reconsider how you intend to reach your community. This presentation traces the shift of Christianity geographically, but also culturally. It then goes on to share 5 mindset changes that are necessary to reach the whole world with the love of God, starting from where you are!

Much of this presentation is based on my book 'Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling' please see http://transformyourworklife.wordpress.com for more details. You can also visit http://www.dionforster.com to connect with me.

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  • Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with just over 2 billion followers worldwide.
  • Christianity is the world's biggest religion, with just over 2 billion followers worldwide.
  • Please see Forster, DA, “Evangelism, mission and discipleship in Southern Africa: How hope is overcoming tragedy “ in Chilcote, P (ed) Making disciples in a world parish: Global perspectives on mission and evangelism ” Oregon: Pickwick Publications (2010:chapter 1). Yancey, P in Christianity today (February 5, 2001), quoted in Jenkins, P The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. Oxford. Oxford University Press (200215).
  • Please see Forster, DA, “Evangelism, mission and discipleship in Southern Africa: How hope is overcoming tragedy “ in Chilcote, P (ed) Making disciples in a world parish: Global perspectives on mission and evangelism ” Oregon: Pickwick Publications (2010:chapter 1). Yancey, P in Christianity today (February 5, 2001), quoted in Jenkins, P The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. Oxford. Oxford University Press (200215).
  • Yancey, P in Christianity today (February 5, 2001), quoted in Jenkins, P The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. Oxford. Oxford University Press (200215).
  • Yancey, P in Christianity today (February 5, 2001), quoted in Jenkins, P The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. Oxford. Oxford University Press (200215).
  • a. http://www.qaya.org/blog/?p=504 accessed 20 January 2009, 13.10
  • http://www.churchsociety.org/issues_new/church/stats/iss_church_stats_attendance.asp accessed 20 January 2009, 13.00
  • Yancey, P in Christianity today (February 5, 2001), quoted in Jenkins, P The next Christendom: The coming of global Christianity. Oxford. Oxford University Press (200215).
  • What would Jesus do?
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) 1/3
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) 1/3
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont…. 2/3
  • Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont…. 3/3 5"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. 7Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. 9Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.’ (Luke 10:5-9)
  • Make every day an extraordinary day

    1. 2. Shift happens! Sharing your faith in a changing world Paarl – July 2010 Dr Dion Forster http://www.dionforster.com Twitter: @digitaldion
    2. 3. Shift happens! <ul><li>The Christian faith is SHIFTING! </li></ul><ul><li>Prof Jurgens Hendriks ‘The Western world no longer trusts the good news to be good news’ </li></ul><ul><li>A shift in certainties… </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Do Christians hold the truth? No, the truth holds us’. </li></ul>
    3. 4. A map of the world (land area)
    4. 5. Christians in the world (a representational map)
    5. 6. Muslims in the world (a representational map)
    6. 7. Population of the world (a representational map)
    7. 8. What do these maps tell us about the Christian faith? <ul><li>The landscape of Christianity is changing! </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity is moving South and East! </li></ul>
    8. 9. What do these maps tell us about the Christian faith? <ul><li>“ As I travel, I have observed a pattern, a strange historical phenomenon of God “moving” geographically from the Middle East, to Europe to North America to the developing world. My theory is this: God goes where he’s wanted.” Philip Yancey </li></ul>
    9. 10. What do these maps tell us about the Christian faith? <ul><li>… . God goes where God is wanted … </li></ul>
    10. 11. The next Christendom – Philip Jenkins
    11. 12. The SAME mission in an ever CHANGING world <ul><li>&quot;The gospel must be constantly forwarded to a new address because the recipient is always changing his place of residence.” Helmut Thielicke (Theologian) </li></ul>
    12. 13. The world is changing!
    13. 14. A few facts about Church membership and attendance. <ul><li>The two most common narratives for the modern Church are decline or split… (blog post on the mainline Church from the Archbishop of Canterbury). </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t mind Jesus, but I don’t trust his wife [bride]… (comment by a skeptical friend). </li></ul><ul><li>60% of all Churches in America will die out by 2050 (Peter Brierley in Gibbs & Coffey 2005:20) </li></ul><ul><li>The long and the short of it is… Jesus needs new PR! </li></ul>
    14. 15. A decline in Church attendance Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation…. Ruth Gledhill’s report on Church attendance in the UK (2008).
    15. 16. <ul><li>Jesus needs new PR* </li></ul><ul><li>(public relations) </li></ul>
    16. 17. THE CHURCH IS IN A GENERAL DECLINE (BUT, THE SAME CAN NOT BE SAID OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH!) (GRAPHS COURTESY OF PROF. JURGENS HENDRICKS,) FACULTY OF THEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH <ul><li>Enough about the rest of the world … What about South Africa? </li></ul>
    17. 18. % Christians in SA: 1911-2001
    18. 19. <ul><li>Only12% - committed… attendance is only about 3% - 5%... This was where Alpha Worked wonderfully for us!! </li></ul>YET, the reality in South Africa does NOT reflect the Kingdom of God!
    19. 20. Christian Marketshare Mainline Denominations 1911-2001
    20. 21. Church membership in population groups 1911-2001 Whites Coloureds
    21. 22. Christian Marketshare AIC, Pentecostal, Other 1911-2001 Pent/Charismatic
    22. 23. What makes the AIC and American style ‘Pentecostal / Charismatic’ Churches so popular? <ul><li>They are evangelical (even if their gospel is not entirely ‘good news’). </li></ul><ul><li>They offer hope (particularly in addressing the most serious FELT needs of people): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prosperity doctrine offers hope in poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healing miracles and ministry offer hope in sickness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextually African (in AIC’s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They have a strong entrepreneurial leadership … (see the sigmoid curve) whereas we face significant pressure to maintain our ‘culture’ (e.g., uniforms, orders of service, hierarchies) </li></ul><ul><li>They are ‘ market oriented ’ (changing in accordance with needs and pressures from outside), we are internally regulated (not responding to outside pressures and needs). </li></ul>
    23. 24. Church and choice… <ul><li>I would contend that there is </li></ul><ul><li>NOTHING wrong with the MESSAGE </li></ul><ul><li>But, there are some </li></ul><ul><li>problems with our </li></ul><ul><li>METHOD </li></ul><ul><li>(the problem of propositions) </li></ul>
    24. 25. What’s wrong with our method? <ul><li>We can be sure that it is NOT the Gospel that has lost its effectiveness (the MESSAGE, and PERSON of Christ remain valid and effective for transforming the world) </li></ul><ul><li>However, we can be sure that the delivery, engagement, and support mechanisms are losing their intended impact. (the problem of ‘propositional’ evangelism in a postmodern world) </li></ul><ul><li>So what we need is to find a way of engaging the world in an ‘incarnational’ manner (addressing the needs of the world, from the perspective of the world), not in a transcendent manner (pressing the concerns and needs of the Church onto the world). </li></ul><ul><li>We need a new ‘narrative’ for the Gospel. The existing one still has value, but only for those ‘in the system’ (it would seem), we need a narrative that engages those outside of the system.. </li></ul>
    25. 26. What’s wrong with our method? <ul><li>We can be sure that it is NOT the Gospel that has lost its effectiveness (the MESSAGE, and PERSON of Christ remain valid and effective for transforming the world) </li></ul><ul><li>However, we can be sure that the delivery, engagement, and support mechanisms are losing their intended impact. (the problem of ‘propositional’ evangelism in a postmodern world) </li></ul><ul><li>So what we need is to find a way of engaging the world in an ‘incarnational’ manner (addressing the needs of the world, from the perspective of the world), not in a transcendent manner (pressing the concerns and needs of the Church onto the world). </li></ul><ul><li>We need a new ‘narrative’ for the Gospel. The existing one still has value, but only for those ‘in the system’ (it would seem), we need a narrative that engages those outside of the system.. </li></ul>
    26. 27. By 2010 Facebook had 400 million users – the world’s 3 rd largest country! 1. China 2. India
    27. 28. Facebook… <ul><li>1 in every 14 people… </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the Church? </li></ul>
    28. 29. My Social Media System <ul><li>Twitter = An invitation </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook = A Party </li></ul><ul><li>Your Blog = Your Home </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Rich media’ = The conversation </li></ul>
    29. 30. The SAME mission in an ever CHANGING world <ul><li>&quot;The gospel must be constantly forwarded to a new address because the recipient is always changing his place of residence.” Helmut Thielicke </li></ul>
    30. 31. The SAME mission in an ever CHANGING world <ul><li>&quot;The gospel must be constantly forwarded to a new address because the recipient is always changing his place of residence.” Helmut Thielicke(Theologian) </li></ul>
    31. 32. Let’s get honest <ul><li>What if they all turned up!? </li></ul>
    32. 33. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 1 - God’s discipleship plan is for more than just individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… ” (Matt. 28:18-20) </li></ul>
    33. 34. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 2 – Everything has been ‘redeemed’, and so it needs to be ‘reclaimed’ (Luke 19:10) </li></ul><ul><li>When did you get saved!? </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the son of man came to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) </li></ul><ul><li>“ For it was the Father's good pleasure …to reconcile all things to Himself …whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Col 1:19-20) </li></ul>
    34. 35. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 3 - God views every Christian as a minister, and so work can be worship! (Col 3:23-24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Whatever your task , put yourselves into it, working for the Lord and not for your masters,‌ since you know that you will receive your reward from the Lord; you serve‌ the Lord Christ.” (Col 3:23) </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘worship switch’… ON or OFF? </li></ul>
    35. 36. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places, and get salt out of the salt shaker. (Matthew 16:18-19) </li></ul><ul><li>“Upon this rock will I build my Church , and the gates of hell will not overpower it…” (Matthew 16:18-19). </li></ul>
    36. 37. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places, and get salt out of the salt shaker. (Matthew 16:18-19) </li></ul><ul><li>Building the Church is what Jesus does… Taking his Kingdom and gospel all over the earth is what we’re commanded to do… - Ed Silvoso </li></ul>
    37. 38. <ul><li>Paradigm 4 - God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) cont…. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve got the WRONG methodology! </li></ul>
    38. 39. <ul><li>Jesus’ methodology (Luke 10:2-9). </li></ul><ul><li>When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.’ </li></ul><ul><li>… .Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, </li></ul><ul><li>… Heal the sick who are there and </li></ul><ul><li>… tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.’ </li></ul>I will pay you a salary NOT to preach…
    39. 40. Living for legacy! <ul><li>Paradigm 5 - True transformation must be tangible and visible. </li></ul><ul><li>The Gospels recall two incidents when Jesus wept, once for a friend, and another time for a city. His tears show how deeply he loves individuals and cities (groups, structures etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>What would the most tangible and visible expression of God’s love be in your context? </li></ul><ul><li>What is REALLY good news to the poor? </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the ‘methodology’ of Jesus… Bless, Fellowship, Minister, Preach… </li></ul>
    40. 41. Living for legacy! <ul><li>God’s discipleship plan is for more than just individuals. (Matthew 28:18-20) </li></ul><ul><li>The marketplace has been ‘redeemed’, and so it needs to be ‘reclaimed’ (Luke 19:10) </li></ul><ul><li>God views every Christian as a minister, and so work can be worship! (Col 3:23-24) </li></ul><ul><li>God wants us to take light into dark places. (Matthew 16:18-19) </li></ul><ul><li>True transformation must be tangible and visible </li></ul>
    41. 42. How to build a movement!
    42. 43. Shift happens! Sharing your faith in a changing world THANK YOU! Dr Dion Forster http://www.dionforster.com Twitter: @digitaldion

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