Archive for the Global Church
So I’ve been in Ghana for a week now. It’s been a great trip, not because it has been “exotic” or something like that (I think we, including myself, can talk about traveling to certain places with that sort of exotic/vacation/tourist attitude, which ends up minimizing the real lives and realities of complex and tough places like Ghana). But it’s been great because of:
1) the friendships I am developing with various African leaders (15 total)- from a former Ugandan soldier to a pastor who endured the war in Sierra Leone, from a former engineer to a regional director of parachurch ministries in East Africa, etc. The discussions have been enlightening; the friendships, fun and encouraging; the future dreams and possibilities together, inspiring.
2) the time I get to hang out with world-renowned scholar/strategist/statesman Ray Bakke (google his name and try to discover as much as you can about this guy). He’s courted people like King Hussein and the Pope, but I (along with other students) get to have one-on-one conversations with him while we spend hours driving around Ghana. Pretty cool.
3) the validation and continuation of the vision of church/church planting I have- global/multicultural/multisocioeconomic churches in all the cities of the world (note: there are 500 cities around the world that have over 3 million people). Accra needs a global/multicultural/multisocioeconomic church reaching out to the diverse pockets here. Anyone interested?
Be sure to visit my flickr site for daily pictures from ghana.
I begin my excursions beyond the U.S. this week to learn from the Global Church. Well, actually, I began a few weeks ago when I went to Tijuana, Mexico to explore a sister church relationship with a church planting network down there… Good stuff.
This week my journey takes me to Singapore, and to some of the mega-ministries there. It’s pretty amazing how “amazing” these ministries are; being in the US, we think of ourselves as being the best and most innovative way too much, and we fail to see what really is going on (granted, ethnocentrism and the sins associated with nationalism plague every people group). Anyhow, this week my travels take me to these three churches: