The shift in the “centre of gravity” of the Church from the West to the South and East is well documented.
- The workforce for world mission is increasingly being drawn from churches of the South and East, not from the traditional churches of the North and West.
- The leadership of the mission movement is being increasingly drawn from the growing world Church. This emerging leadership does not always share the presuppositions and concerns of historic Western leadership.
- Western assumptions that history, supposed “theological sophistication” and finance allow us to “call the shots” in world mission are being challenged and refuted.
- Little thought has been given to the role of traditional mission agencies in a changing world. (By contrast, a lot of effort has been given to thinking through the role of the newer emerging movements.)