From Local Village to Mega City: The Many Expressions of God's House
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. - Romans 12:4-6
In many countries around the world, ACCI Field Workers are engaged in church planting in a variety of contexts. Responding to rapid social change, these churches are adapting to current community needs. Particularly throughout Asia, there are rapidly urbanising populations. As families migrate for economic reasons to urban centres, more and more megacities are developing, often with heightened wealth disparity. This presents unique opportunities and challenges for church planting.
In many developing nations, cities are a place of extremes. In Bangkok for example, there is highly visible wealth, evidenced by luxury-brand shopping centres, high-end sports cars and opulent homes for the wealthy upper-class. Yet there are also large urban slums where families face terrible living conditions, exploitative work environments and little hope for future progress. Both these communities can live in extremely close proximity - even on the same street. So how does a church plant take shape with such diverse social situations in the one geographic area?
There are many ACCI Field workers engaged in ministry and church planting in cities such as these which we will take a closer look at over the coming weeks!