For discussion

January 4, 2012 | Feature | Number 1

1. According to Larry Miller, the last two decades have been a time of fundamental change for Anabaptists around the world. What changes have you seen in Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and in how Mennonites interact globally? Do you agree that the centre of gravity of the global church has shifted to the Global South? What further changes might result from that shift?

2. MWC took a risk in holding the assembly in Kolkata, India, says Miller. Do you agree that it was countercultural? How will the 2015 assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., be different from the assemblies held in India, Zimbabwe and Paraguay? How important is it to move the assembly to different locations?

3. Miller insists the church must be both local and global. Do you see yourself as part of a global church? How could your congregation strengthen its ties to the global church? What are the benefits and challenges of the local church? What are the benefits and challenges of the global church? How important is it to connect with other global Christian denominations?

4. Even though the churches of the Global North are in decline, Miller is hopeful because of new life and vision in other parts of the world. Do you share Miller’s sense of hope? What can North American Mennonites learn from their global partners? What hope do you see for the future of the church?

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