I believe that local mission and global mission should not be independent of each other, but should be linked together in some way.
We can no longer expect to be listened to on the great cultural and moral issues of the day, simply because we are Christians. We have to earn the right to be heard through intelligent, gracious and prophetic engagement.
When a church really grasps that God has one mission which encompasses the whole world (including your home city) and gets excited about that mission, then both "home mission" and "world mission" will thrive.
By the time Christianity was receding in Europe, the churches of Africa, Asia and Latin America were coming into their own. The movement of Christianity is one of serial, not progressive, expansion.
Planks, specks, eyes and the need for Western Christianity to be careful about criticising others.
The Church in the global south needs the church in the UK, and we in the UK need our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world. Our problem, is that we are slow to realise our need.
We need a vision of a different lifestyle; of churches which offer an alternative to the middle-class, consumer orientated dream and who reach out into all of our communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
People will probably see this blog post as pessimistic; I just see it as realistic. The Church in the UK has to prepare for living in a very different reality to the one we face today.
If a church feels that the Lord is guiding them to support mission work in Heckmondwike, no-one from the outside should tell them that they shouldn't do this because Heckmondwike is "reached"
At every level, our culture is pulling people into an expectation that those who do well will follow a certain sort of career path - which incidentally will pull them towards the bits of the country where there are the most Christians.