God is at work across the nations, and I see many positive signs that he is at work here in the West too. Here's a little of what I see going on currently (in no particular order of priority):
- People understand the importance of listening to God and doing what he says. The prayer movement and 24/7 prayer has an impact.
- Many churches are becoming more missional rather than attractional. Luke 10 principles are being applied by many across the church spectrum. Legacy churches are starting missional communities. Simple/organic churches are using these principles to produce daughter and grand-daughter churches.
- Churches are engaging in their communities with a resultant impact for the Kingdom.
- We've rediscovered some of the principles that result in multiplication rather than addition at every level. Simplicity and reproducibility are key.
- Discipleship that reproduces more disciples (rather than conversion) is of increasing value.
- There's a blurring of distinctives between groups of people–charismatic/non-charismatic, organic/legacy, clergy/laity.
- Women have an increasingly equal and valued role.
- Legacy churches and simple/organic churches are working together with a focus on the Kingdom of God. Who knows what might happen if nobody minds who gets the credit.
- The separation of sacred and secular is waning. Ordinary work and its potential to be of impact for the Kingdom is valued. Church is happening in the workplace.
- God is working in supernatural ways; we are seeing miracles, healings and deliverances.
- God is raising up apostolic and prophetic leaders who serve from the foundations rather than rule from the rooftops. He is giving them his strategies and plans for their areas.
- We recognize that God is working in other parts of the world and we're willing to learn from other nations.
What am I missing?