Many of the great missionaries of Christian history have been those who knew their world as well as anyone. Paul, for example seemed very familiar with the most influential centers of the Roman Empire. William Carey compiled an impressive collection of global statistics two hundred years before the internet. The call of the Great Commission to make disciples of every nation, means we must know our world. To add to this challenge, the world of our day is rapidly changing due to the twin forces of globalization and urbanization. In order to effectively make disciples of every nation, we need to understand our world and adapt our ministries, maximizing our ability to be ministers of the gospel. We need churches that are able to minister to urbanized people.
Bibliographic reference: Crane, Michael. “Multicultural Churches in Global Cities.” In The International Pastor Experience, edited by David L. Packer, 121–35. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015.