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As Christianity's center shifts to Global South, leaders converge in Chicago Oct. 16-18 to pioneer next generation of innovative global ministry partnerships

CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A century ago, the average Christian was a mid-40s Western male. Today, the average Christian could be an African female in her 20s. The population epicenter of Christianity has shifted.

In fact, 60% of today's 2 billion Christians are from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America) – a figure that will rise to 75% of 3 billion Christians by 2050[1].

Today's most successful Western Christian leaders embrace this shift as an opportunity for unprecedented growth, collaboration and learning within the global church – and a powerful time to foster collaboration between ministry, church, corporate, major funding and secular development groups to maximize the success of global initiatives.

global:church forum, Oct. 16-18, unites more than 23 speakers from 11 countries who will provide an unprecedented, clear picture of how ministry and development work is conducted within different cultures and economies – citing with honesty what works and what needs changing – in order to redefine models and methodologies pursued by the West. 

global:church forum, hosted by re:source global, will take place Oct. 16 – 18, 2012, at Park Community Church, Chicago.  Daytime working sessions are by invitation only.

Free, public evening sessions Oct. 16 and 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will feature music by Sara Groves, and speakers David Gibbons of New Song Church, Bethany Hoang, International Justice Mission, Ralph Borde, As Our Own India, Tanya Walker, RZIM Europe, and Oscar Muriu of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. 

To attend, contact Sarah Martel Lee at 773-931-3559, For a full list of speakers and more information, visit

global:church forum is hosted by re:source global, a non-profit organization redefining international philanthropy by engaging global communities to create long-term solutions and sustainable development initiatives. Based in Chicago, re:source global manages innovative projects in Asia and Africa. Visit:

[1] Jenkins, Philip. The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Media Contact: Sarah Martel Lee
Phone: (773) 931-3559

Pamela Gifford
Phone: (202) 459-8989

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