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A Couple of Trends

April 9th, 2013 · No Comments

These may or may not be of interest:

from the Lausanne Movement web site

Christian Generosity Trends And The Future Of Christian Giving

World Christian Trends

From Gary Holloway of the World Convention [ChristiaNet, April, 2013, Issue 118]

This month I have things global on my mind.

Globally, I was struck by statistics from Pew Research Center on the median age of Christians in different parts of the world:

Sub-Sahara Africa: 19

Latin America/Caribbean 27

Asia/Pacific 28

Middle East/North Africa 29

North America 39

Europe 42

Of course, these reflect the median age of the entire population of those areas.

Those of us in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are sometimes heard bemoaning the aging of our churches and doubting the future of our movement. But our movement is alive and growing in many parts of the world.

I do not want to be misunderstood. As one well over the median age of Christians, I believe God loves older Christians as well as younger ones. But in terms of our Stone-Campbell global family, what strikes me is the vibrancy and youth of our churches outside the West. If you were at our Global Gathering in Brazil, you witnessed that for yourself. You can see it again when you attend our Global gathering in South Korea in 2016. If we are to continue to be a World Convention, we must focus on those young and vibrant churches of the Global South.

What we need a global vision to see that God is indeed at work in his world. We see this not through statistics but by faith. And we rejoice that our labor is never in vain in the Lord.

To continue to promote that vision, World Convention needs your prayers, wisdom, and gifts. Please pray daily for this ministry and for Christian unity. Please send us your ideas on how we can connect our churches everywhere everyday.

Tags: Brazil · Global · Korea

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