History of Christian Missions
In order to move ahead, we first need to look backwards–here is a brief overview of the last 2000 years of Christian Mission.
0-100 Jesus, Pentecost and Paul
Life beyond comfort which brought the Gospel to the whole world through an incarnational approach.
100-500 – Patrick
That means the Romans, Goths, Celts and heretics!
500-1000 – Methodius
Mass Conversions, Monastics and Papal Missions
1000-1500 AD – Las Casas
Institutional Expansion and Internal Conflict
1500-1800 AD – Ricci
Reformation, Exploration and Contextualization
1800 – 1915 – Carey
Colonialism, Commercial expansion, Cultural transformation and Christian mission–the “Golden Age of mission” focused on global interiors
1915-2005 – Jim Rayburn
Post colonial, postmodern, indigenous and market segmented Para-ministries outside the walls and auspices of the institutional church.