As Christianity's center shifts to Global South, leaders converge in Chicago Oct. 16-18 to pioneer next generation of innovative global ministry partnerships
global:church forum shifts conversation from 'West teaches the rest' to one of collaboration; Goal is to create global initiatives that are effective and sustainable
CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A century ago, the average Christian was a mid-40s Western male. Today, the average Christian could be an African female in her 20s. The population epicenter of Christianity has shifted.
In fact, 60% of today's 2 billion Christians are from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) – a figure that will rise to 75% of 3 billion Christians by 2050.
Today's most successful Western Christian leaders embrace this shift as an opportunity for unprecedented growth, collaboration and learning within the global church – and a powerful time to foster collaboration between ministry, church, corporate, major funding and secular development groups to maximize the success of global initiatives.
global:church forum, Oct. 16-18, unites more than 23 speakers from 11 countries who will provide an unprecedented, clear picture of how ministry and development work is conducted within different cultures and economies – citing with honesty what works and what needs changing – in order to redefine models and methodologies pursued by the West.
global:church forum, hosted by re:source global, will take place Oct. 16 – 18, 2012, at Park Community Church, Chicago. Daytime working sessions are by invitation only.
Free, public evening sessions Oct. 16 and 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will feature music by Sara Groves , and speakers David Gibbons of New Song Church, Bethany Hoang , International Justice Mission, Ralph Borde , As Our Own India, Tanya Walker , RZIM Europe, and Oscar Muriu of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya.
global:church forum is hosted by re:source global, a non-profit organization redefining international philanthropy by engaging global communities to create long-term solutions and sustainable development initiatives. Based in Chicago, re:source global manages innovative projects in Asia and Africa. Visit: www.resourceglobal.org.
 Jenkins, Philip. The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
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