For Elders and Missions Committees
A. THE WORLD AT A GLANCE
B. SOME ENCOURAGING TRENDS
1. Growing number of young people interested in missions.
2. Missionaries are better trained.
3. Mission teams are more common.
4. Increasing number of missionaries from countries other than the U.S.
5. Shift away from bringing nationals to America for training to training them at home.
6. Increasing number of short-term efforts is raising missions awareness in sending churches.
7. Sending churches are coordinating their efforts in certain fields.
8. Wealth and mobility are enhancing the role of sending churches in the efforts they support.
9. Increasing number of churches that are recruiting missionaries.
10. More U.S. churches reaching out to internationals in their own communities.
C. SOME GROWING CHALLENGES
1. Missionaries committing to shorter terms of service.
2. Danger that short-term campaigns replace more effective, long-term missions.
3. Increasing number of countries closed to Western missionaries.
4. The impact of philosophical pluralism, relativism and terrorism on prospective missionaries and their parents.
5. Declining evangelism in U.S. churches.
6. Materialism in American churches and increased competition for missions dollars.
7. Worldwide urbanization.
8. Population explosion and the poverty that comes with it.
9. Linking benevolence and evangelism in a holistic way.
Center for World Missions
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