October 15, 2012

What does the west have left to offer?

Christian blogger, Kent Shaffer is live blogging from the Global:Church Forum???an event looking at the relationship between western and non-western ministries (ie. funding, learning, etc.). In a recent post, Shaffer shares a few interesting quotes from a panel discussion mostly about funding. For the record, I don't know who these leaders, or their organizations, are. Still, what they speak to seems, to me, important.

To summarize, the west has historically been a source of Christian ministry funding around the globe. But the panelists share that this is changing. They share that funding from the Far East, indigenous resourcing and the fact that new ministry models often require fewer financial resources has shifted what was once a relationship of dependency.

If this is the case, what does the west have left to offer?

Shaffer reports the panelists pointing to more collaborative models of ministry (for a good resource here, read When Helping Hurts). But could it also be that it's long overdue time that we begin to look to non-western voices, whether stateside or not, to teach us something about what ministry in the not-to-distant future ought to look like here, as well as there?


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