If you want to know where and how the church is going to grow, think local and global. Think glocal. 'Glocal' is Bob Roberts' (Transformation: How Glocal Churches Transform Lives and the World
) term for the seamless connectedness between the local and global. That connection is affecting the church in ways that never could have been imagined in the first-century church, or even the twentieth-century church. And it's creating unprecedented opportunities for individuals and churches - for you and your church - to live out their faith in real time across the world. Glocalization
offers a vision of the unprecedented changes of our times and how they are impacting the church. Discover how these changes will transform the way churches define their mission and how Christians relate to one another and to the world. This provocative book turns the traditional mission-agency model upside down and shows how transformed people and churches can make a glocal (global and local) impact. Glocalization
offers an exciting vision for churches and individuals who want to reach this changing world for Christ.
A new world thats both global and local---glocal---is being born. What does this look like for believers and the church? How can we adapt to this new world? Glocalization offers an intriguing look at the future of Christianity and how individuals and churches can connect to the future.
Bob Roberts Jr. is the founding pastor of NorthWood Church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and has been involved in the planting of a hundred congregations in the United States. Bob also works in Australia, Asia, Afghanistan, Mexico, and Nepal helping with church planting and development and global engagement. Bob is a graduate of Baylor University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Mdiv), and Fuller Seminary (D.Min.) with an emphasis in church planting. He and his wife have two children.
'In Glocalization, Roberts...outlines six practices the church should adopt to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves in the glocal world. All six are excellent, and by confronting some well-established missionary habits, a few have the potential to be revolutionary....Roberts' inspiring stories from Communist and Islamic nations reinforce his claim that no country is closed to the gospel, just to our usual methods of bringing it....Many pastors have learned ministry techniques by mimicking corporate strategies and good management. In the new flat earth, the entire church must learn to be missionaries, and this will once again require all of the Holy Spirit's gifts, comfort, counsel, power, and fruit....After reading the book, I'm inspired to take the gospel into all the world, starting in my own cul-de-sac.'
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