Dear Friends and Supporters of MA,
Increasingly, the consensus is forming that “Christianity is going south.” No, it is not meant, as could be said about New England, that Christianity is in decline. Nor is it meant that to find “Christendom (where Christianity represents the majority influence in geo-political-cultural ways) one should consider moving to the American South.
Rather, what is meant by “Christianity is going south” is that as the power and influence of Christianity is in decline in such northern hemisphere contexts as Europe and North America, Christianity is rapidly on the rise in such southern hemisphere contexts as Africa, Latin America, and Asia. It’s what Philip Jenkins calls “The Next Christendom” and Mark Noll describes as “The New Shape of World Christianity” and Dana Robert writes in “Shifting Southward: Global Christianity since 1945”
And to be sure this is great to hear, at least in so far as the southern hemisphere is concerned. But it begs the question, what kind of Christianity is emerging? Read more...
Affectionately and Enthusiastically,
Rev. Dr. Preston Graham Jr.
Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven
P.S. Church Planters: read more about our Annual Collaborative May 4-6 and attend our MA Recruitment Breakfast at this year’s PCA General Assembly in Mobile, Alabama!