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The Big Picture

Motivation for Change

The world of missions has undergone profound changes over the last 30 years. These changes require that we rethink how missions is carried out. Two primary factors are driving missions out of the paradigm "from the West to the rest" and into a new paradigm "from anywhere to everywhere". These two factors are:
  • Globalization (driven by new communication tools) is creating a "flat world". Where churches once depended on an agency to facilitate their involvement in missions, they now are building relationships and participating directly in cross-cultural missions. 
  • The phenomenal growth of the majority world Church and its missions movement has added new stakeholders in global missions. This Church is not only sending out missionaries but also receiving missionaries from around the world to work in their own ministries. 
Challenges & Opportunities: Each of the stakeholders in the world of global missions is experiencing unique challenges and opportunities due to the change in paradigm. To understand (and accept) this reality is essential if one is to grasp the big picture of where missions is heading. Note that the number of stakeholders is no longer just the traditional agency.

Conclusions: The development of the Alliance for Global Missions has been a two year process of ongoing discussions among majority world and western mission and church leaders. The objective has been to establish a framework within which the various stakeholders in the current global missions paradigm may be able to cooperate to fulfill the mandate given by Christ to make disciples of all nations.
The airline alliance has been used as a concept to explore how global mission stakeholders could better cooperate to fulfill the Great Commission. Each participant in the alliance:
  • maintains their identity
  • agrees to intentionally cooperate, for their own good and for the good of the client
  • is open to be evaluated by the other members of the alliance and by the client.