The State of God’s World: Globalization and the Future of Integral Mission

by Tom and Christine Sine

Introduction: Taking the Globalized Future Seriously

In the conclusion of his definitive work on the history of missiology, Transforming Mission, David Bosch states: „The mission of the church needs to be constantly renewed and re-conceived.‟2 One of the major reasons for this constant renewal is that the context in which we live our lives, operate our churches and do mission keeps changing. In this paper we attempt to sketch some of the new challenges and opportunities we believe are facing the church in mission as we race into a new century.

We have found that very few churches or Christian mission organizations make any effort to make sense of how the context in which they are doing mission is likely to change before they plan. There is a tendency to plan as though the future is simply an extension of the present.