- The Church around the world continues expanding. In fact, Christianity’s “center of gravity” has now shifted to the Majority World – developing, non-Western countries. While only an estimated 17% of the world’s Christians lived in Africa, Asia and Latin America in 1900, the 2010 estimate is 63%.i All of this growth in terms of new churches, fellowships and Christian institutions means lots of organizational “growing pains.”
- The Gospel continues to take root among some of the world’s least reached peoples. “In many cases, peoples with no known believers ten or twenty years ago now have churches within them…”ii These new churches need nurturing.
- The Baby Boomers reached a milestone on January 1, 2011. Kathleen Casey-Kirschling turned 65 years old. She was born one second after midnight on January 1, 1946 – and represents 78 million Americans who will follow her “into retirement” until 2030 at a rate of 10,000 per day.iii Among the millions are many experienced missionaries and mature believers ready to come alongside the growing global Church.
- Boomers are not the only generation that identifies with Paraclete’s come-alongside model. All age groups can see the wisdom of serving the growing worldwide Church as catalysts, only where invited and only as long as needed.
This is the world in which we minister and the world in which we mobilize. Our mission is to come alongside Christian leaders worldwide. Our vision is a flourishing Church. We have a heart for the nations.