The Mission Society's quarterly magazine, "Unfinished," will help you keep up with the missionaries, ministries, and worldwide mission trends and issues. The articles here are excerpted from each issue. Subscriptions to "Unfinished" are free.
Cities are all the rage. In the United States, some recent metrics even point to downtown areas gaining in population more than suburbs. Housing trends show that people like walkable, mass-transit-connected living environments.
Experienced and trained in urban ministry, Katheryn Heinz moved with her family into Lexington, Kentucky’s East End. As she sought to be an instrument of transformation, she was transformed herself. Here, she tells what the city has taught her. It’s a message for every cross-cultural minister, at home or abroad.
Is diversity all that it is cracked up to be? Serving in a small city among a community of refugees has given Alex Davidson* a new perspective on this commonly held ideal. Here, he tells why he believes our focus on diversity may need to be adjusted.
Mei* left her home country of China, her family and friends, and everything familiar to pursue her studies in the United States. A bright student with big dreams for her future career, Mei had been chosen to attend the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. At the time, Mei had no idea how moving to the United States would forever change the trajectory of her life.
Digital tools, consumer culture, and media have produced, says author Thomas Bergler, “the deadening effect of popular culture.”* With hearts and minds shaped by a cacophony of influences, our nation’s next generation might be among the least reached.
Here is what one church is doing about that.
An interview with youth pastor, Randy Rainwater