“The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him the intensely missionary we become.” - Henry Martyn (Missionary to India and Persia)
The world of Christianity has drastically changed. According to the World Christian Database, in 1900, only 9.2 percent of Africans were Christians. Now, 47.59 percent of Africans claim to adhere to Christianity, and these African Christians make up more than 20 percent of all Christians in the world. The identity of the typical missionary has also changed. The mission field was once dominated by Westerners. Now, many missionaries are being sent from South Korea, Brazil, Nigeria and other countries in the global south.
With the advent of the communication revolution through the Internet and worldwide media, local churches are able to have a global reach. Regent University's Center for Global Missions (CGM) exists to equip the local church to share the gospel around the globe.
Located in the School of Divinity, CGM provides resources for cross-cultural training and facilitates the study of global missions and world Christianity by offering:
Adapting to global trends in Christianity
Cultural challenges and shifts in Christianity provide us with the renewed opportunity to form new partnerships that produce relevant projects to expand the kingdom of God. With connections worldwide and a solid scholarly base at Regent University, CGM is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of these developments.
“The world is changing. Europe and America are no longer the global center of Christian activity. Christianity is a global movement with major developments taking place in the global south. The way we train people for missions must change in light of the changing demographics of global Christianity.”
Dr. Clifton Clarke, Director
Center for Global Missions
Associate Professor of Global Missions and World Christianity