For the first time in the history of humankind, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. In 2008, the world’s population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. In less than 10 years, this percentage will increase to more than 57 per cent. It is expected that 70 per cent of the world’s population will be urban by 2050, with most of that growth occurring in less-developed countries.1
This represents the most dramatic and largest-scale cultural shift in our lifetime. It brings challenges and opportunities for which the Christian community must be prepared.
What’s behind this trend?
What are the social implications?
What impact does urbanisation have on missions strategies?
What does the 21st-century missionary look like?
This year the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) celebrates its 25th Anniversary. It is a time to reflect on the past and give thanks, and a time to look ahead and plan wisely for the future.
Join us on 20 Aug 2016 as we explore the urbanisation phenomenon. Hear what exciting keynote speakers like the Rev Dr Gordon Wong, President of Trinity Annual Conference, and Mr Joseph Chean, National Director of Youth With A Mission Singapore, have to say.
Participate in stimulating workshops that will address topics like:
- Poverty and fragmentation of the family in cities
- How to reach urban areas for Christ
- Strategies for disciple-making and church-planting in cities
- Building on social platforms and ministries in MMS mission fields
Come and catch God’s heartbeat for the cities. Find out how YOU can make a difference!
For more details, visit:
The Rev Teresa Wilborn –
is a missionary from Aldersgate Methodist Church and Area Director in the Methodist Missions Society.
1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division, “World Urbanization Prospects: The 2007 Revision”, New York, 26 Feb 2008