I've been listening to some amazing indigenous practioners and teachers in Nairobi about what they have learned with regards to indigenous mission, with the D.Min students I lead.
So many challenges they face here, but so many correlations with the UK. The rise of individualism amongs the middle classes, where Christians want to be entertained rather than engage in mission, sounded very familiar.
Then places where church planting is explosive and full of indigenous leaders, it seems that economics, politics, worship, care for the poor and sick are all part of what happens with church planting, sharing the gospel and entering into Christian conversion.
It made me think again how we've reduced conversion to a top up, eternity after death, and help for a way of life similar to that of most non-christians. What does real conversion look like in the UK, where Christianity isn't an add on, or support for an indivudalistic consumer lifestyle?
Then I wonder what has happened to 'conversion' within the new missional impetus of so many Christians in the west? Can we conceive, live and invite others into a mission in the UK that is as explosive, full of indigenous leaders, where economics, politics, worship, care for the poor and sick are all part of what happens upon entering into Christian conversion.