Tim Tennent has a nice article on Being a Glocal Preacher. The article addresses the inevitability of preaching to both a local and global context in an age of globalization. Even the most rural pastors are shepherding people who are jacked into the internet, wireless devices, and social networking. News, culture, and values are shaped by both local and global contexts. Here are Tennent’s three principles for glocal preachers:
- FIRST, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
- SECOND, TO BE A ‘GLOCAL’ PREACHER, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT OUR OWN COMMUNITIES HAVE DRASTICALLY CHANGED
- THIRD, IN ORDER TO BE A ‘GLOCAL’ PREACHER WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE NOW IN A POST-DENOMINATIONAL WORLD
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Being a “missionary” in North America is common parlance among church planters and missional advocates, and though center of gravity of global Christianity has certainly shifted to the South and East, I don’t think that puts the West on an even mission field with many non-Western places. To be sure, we should all redemptively engage peoples and cultures with Pauline missionary passion, but more than passion is at play in planting missional churches.
In order to effectively mobilize and strategize for the global glory of God, it seems that the missional movement needs to hold missio Dei in one hand and missio ad Gentes in the other.
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Bob Roberts of Glocal fame is blogging through “Why Plant Churches?”