Author: Michael D. Crane
We are now living in what many are dubbing the “urban century” and much of this urbanization is taking place in Asia and Africa. All of the trends indicate that Asia will have more and more of a global leadership role and will contribute significantly to the shaping of our future. Even as the cities of Asia grow in size and influence, without the transformative influence of the gospel these cities remain on a dehumanizing trajectory. The church in the city can and should play a vital role in the welfare of the city. This paper will highlight trends related to urbanization in Asia and draw together some suggestions for the Asian urban church so that it is positioned to reach these ever-growing cities and the world under their influence.
Bibliographic reference: Crane, Michael D. “Urbanizing the Church in an Urbanizing Asia.” In Urbanization: Impacts on the Church, Mission and Society Today, edited by Lip Siong Chen and Weng Kit Cheong, 101–44. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia: Sabah Theological Seminary, 2018.