In Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping the Practice of Christianity, author Wesley Granberg-Michaelson provides a lucid view of how the top ten winds of change blowing through global Christian faith are reshaping the practice of Christianity today. He is uniquely qualified to identify and interpret connection points between global Christian trends and the American church.
Drawing on the stories, examples, and personalities of pastors and congregations from throughout the U.S. as well as those from Africa, Asia, Latin America, who are the faces of Christianity's future, Future Faith is designed to inform and empower followers of Jesus to seek new ways of becoming the face of Christ to a rapidly changing world.
Leaders and practitioners in church growth, renewal, and planting will be a primary audience for this book. Students of religion from Catholic, evangelical, Pentecostal, and historic Protestant streams will find this book an informative and stimulating resource for pondering together the future of their faith. Small groups engaged in congregational nurture and growth will find in the author a welcome companion for guiding them through the multi-cultural landscape of contemporary faith.
About the Author
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson is a respected writer, speaker, and leader in the faith and justice communities. He has served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church, as Director of Church and Society for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. He and his wife, Karin, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
1 Challenge One: Revitalizing Withering Congregations 7
2 Challenge Two: Embracing the Color of the Future 21
3 Challenge Three: Seeing through Non-Western Eyes 43
4 Challenge Four: Perceiving the World as Sacred 65
5 Challenge Five: Affirming Spirit-Filled Communities 85
6 Challenge Six: Rejecting the Heresy of Individualism 107
7 Challenge Seven: De-Americanizing the Gospel 135
8 Challenge Eight: Defeating Divisive Culture Wars 163
9 Challenge Nine: Belonging before Believing 191
10 Challenge Ten: Saving This World 215
Discussion Guide 237