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Posted June 10, 2010
The Meeting of the Waters is a book packed with challenges and ideas for evangelizing through the global Church. Fritz lays out what he sees as seven 'currents' that are changing the ways of evangelizing around the globe. It has definitely opened my eyes to the every-changing world we live in, and how we need to make changes to order to evangelize.
1. Mercy-an increasing emphasis on meeting physical need in addition to evangelism.
2. Mutuality-leaders from traditionally poor countries having greater access to education, technology and growing economies, and thus demanding to be heard; church leaders need to account for these new perspectives and voices.
3. Migration-the increasing relocation of peoples among he nations, especially the cities; how the Church needs to adapt to these diverse audiences.
4. Monoculture-the cultures of all countries becoming more and more similar due to the spread of worldwide images, ideals, celebrities, and ad campaigns, thus reshaping their deepest values. A challenge for the Church to zero in on.
5. Machines-transforming of lifestyles worldwide via cell phones, GPS, television, and Internet, thus changing individual lives and values. Again, a challenge for the Church to zero in on.
6. Mediation-partisan rifts are proliferating due to communication avenues, inciting discord and attracting sympathizers; the global Church may need to utilize a mediating role.
7. Memory-distinct histories (albeit, violent or devastating) that profoundly shape their society; how their 'yesterday' affects their thinking today. The Church needs to take this into account when ministering/evangelizing.
Fritz goes on saying that these currents are sometimes invisible, thus doubly potent. They cannot be overlooked. The Church needs to quickly and wisely act on these currents to be effective.
The analogy of the 'Meeting of the Waters' is a good view of the past methods of evangelizing and today's new ways. They need to converge together, but it may take time.
My perspective is that these are real 'currents,' but God is aware of all of them. A praying church will take these 'currents' to the Lord for wisdom in how to accommodate them. None is too big for Him.
This book is great information for global evangelizing, but it is just as important in our local day-to-day lives.
I think Mr. Kling did an excellent job pulling these together for the Church to glean from. A definite good read for any and all churches evangelizing in today's fast-paced world. I don't necessarily agree with all the information, but this book has accomplished its goal of alerting/informing the Church.
I received this book from Audra at The B & B Media Group, Inc., for my honest review. I'm blogging to pass this information out to others to inform their churches and leaders.
Posted February 18, 2010
From 2006-2007, Fritz Kling and his associates facilitated a "Global Church Listening Tour" with 151 church leaders in 19 countries. The Meeting of the Waters is his report on emerging trends that will affect the mission of the worldwide church. This report is timely since younger Christians are rethinking both the nature of the church's mission and of the missionary calling.
Here are the trends that emerged through Kling's conversations with church leaders:
. Mercy: The church must address the physical and material needs of humanity, not just their spiritual needs.
. Mutuality: The church in the developed world must interact with the majority world as peers, not as patrons who seek to control the use of their patronage.
. Migration: The church must minister to populations that are increasingly multinational, multiracial, and multiethnic.
. Monoculture: The church must realize that globalization is making local cultures increasingly similar to one another, and this face presents both challenges and opportunities.
. Machines: The church must utilize technology (especially computers) to accomplish its mission.
. Mediation: The church must take the lead in making peace and resolving the conflicts that increasingly characterize global culture.
. Memory: The church must take into account the fact that memory (especially of tragedy and oppression) shapes the way that people respond to the gospel.
If you are the pastor, missionary, or denominational leader, I urge you to read The Meeting of the Waters. It will not answer all your questions about how the church should carry out its mission in the postmodern world, but it will help you understand the questions that need to be asked and answered.
Posted February 16, 2012
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