Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Recent Trends and Baptist Missions: American Christians, Including Most Baptists, Have Typically Been among the Most Productive, Effective, and Committed Mission Supporters and Missionary Senders, and They Still Are

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Recent Trends and Baptist Missions: American Christians, Including Most Baptists, Have Typically Been among the Most Productive, Effective, and Committed Mission Supporters and Missionary Senders, and They Still Are

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However, the missions landscape has begun to shift. In the March 2006 issue of Christianity Today, Rob Moll reported that South Korean churches now send one missionary for every 4.2 churches, and they are sending out 1,110 new missionaries annually, which means they are now sending out as many new missionaries each year as all the countries in the West combined. South Korea presently sends 34 percent of its missionaries to unreached people groups, and many of the missionaries go directly from churches and receive no support from denominational agencies. One pastor, Samuel Kang, is "leading an ambitious 25-year plan to help South Korea send out more missionaries than any other country." South Korean Christians are surely ambitious, and they are determined to share the gospel throughout the world.

Other non-Western countries are also stepping up their missions efforts. In 1973, just over 3,400 non-Western, cross-cultural missionaries served on mission fields. In 2006, that number has grown to 103,000. The day of western missionary dominance seems to be coming to an end.

While Baptists should celebrate the work of South Korean and other non-Western Christians, it does challenge Baptists in America to recommit themselves to the work of missions. …

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