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The Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global Currents That Will Propel the Future Church

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The Meeting of the Waters identifies seven trends having a major impact on the Church around the world—and on every Christian at home in every country.



The global community of Christians is stunning in its scope and spiritual impact. But what is happening to the Church as new technology, marketing, and generational shifts make their unavoidable mark? And what difference doe
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by David C. Cook (first published 2010)
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Linda
The Meeting of the Waters is a book packed with challenges and ideas for evangelizing through the global Church. Fritz lays out what he sees as seven ‘currents’ that are changing the ways of evangelizing around the globe. It has definitely opened my eyes to the every-changing world we live in, and how we need to make changes to order to evangelize.

1. Mercy-an increasing emphasis on meeting physical need in addition to evangelism.

2. Mutuality-leaders from traditionally poor countries having great
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Ryan
Nov 02, 2011 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The Meeting of the Waters by Fritz Kling is a high-level discussion of trends that will affect mission work. Kling and others spent a year (half of 2006, half of 2007) with a group traveling to 19 countries and interviewing church people about the church and their relationship with America. They labeled this effort the Global Church Listening Tour. The result was 7 trends that Kling wraps up as the Seven Ms: Mercy, Mutuality, Migration, Monoculture, Machines, Mediation, Memory.

I think the book
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Basil Chong
Perhaps slightly discouraging to someone who grew up in a church that moves rather slowly, and having consoled myself with the idea that "Things Take Time", The Meeting of the Waters is a thought-provoking, relevant read for someone who wishes to see the church move forward into the 21st century as a relevant, learning organization.

7 currents that are shaping/will shape the growth of the church in the next half-century: Mercy, Mutuality, Migration, Monoculture, Machines, Mediation and Memory. Cu
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Mike Becher
Living in a church culture where it can sometimes feel like forward movement is slow, this was a refreshing look at what's happening around the globe and how neglecting to (1) acknowledge it, and (2) embrace it will be a destructive force pushing the church farther and farther from relevancy.

However, it did a GREAT job of helping modern day "hipster" evangelists (dubbed Apple Guy in the book) celebrate the past while preparing the hearts of "old school" missionaries (dubbed Mission Marm) to embr
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Abbie Riddle
The Meeting of the Waters, Fritz Kling
This book does a wonderful job of addressing the current issues facing the church. It brings to light so many of the concerns and struggles that Pastors and laymen are dealing with in trying to bridge the generation gap. As a pastor’s wife I have seen first hand the beauty of a church where the older generation willing passes on the torch and embraces the newness of things and the younger generation listens and learns from the older. I have also been witness
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Fred
This is a well-written, pretty straightforward examination of the cultural forces at work in the world. Fritz Kling is involved with a foundation that sends him all over the globe (presumably to research grants but he never says that). He also grew up in the American evangelical subculture and remains a Christian today. His book is written to help Americans, particularly Christians, understand the cultural forces that they will have to reckon with if they are going to be involved in the wider wo ...more
Jennifer Short
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in missions and the future of the Church in mission. It addresses concerns in sensitive areas of the world such as how technology can track the movements of missionaries. The author compares and contrasts the history of missions with current trends and how those trends will effect the future of sending missionaries. He encourages the use of natives in every part of the world as much as possible, and to see missions as a partnership, not as a one ...more
Rob
Going into this book, I knew nothing of Fritz Kling nor, frankly, of the book. It was simply another cheap (free/discounted) kindle book that my wife picked up. I suppose it was because of this that I began the book with such skepticism.

Much to my surprise, it was a great book. Kling presents a number of issues that simply must be considered by the Church in today's environment. While written clearly from the perspective of a Christian, I wouldn't call it a book on Theology but rather a practica
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Roger Miller
A book on the seven global currents in the global Church. Some of the currents I can remember are mono culture, Mutuality, Technology, generation shifts and immigration. A great book on giving the church a check up on the health and direction to the church. He uses great word picture like Missionary Marm and Apply guy to make he points. Then each chapter is filed with illustrative stories to get his point. A must read if you are iterested in the church, or missions.
Phil Barnes
Trends in Missions

This is a very interesting (though a bit dated) book about globalization's impact on missions. The author has identified seven trends that must be addressed by those desiring to be involved in taking the gospel to the nations.
Nick Park
As one of the leaders featured in this book, it was interesting to read Fritz Kling's impressions of me and the church I lead.
A very thought provoking book.
Erika
I love where this book is going :)
It's most certainly an important book that any pastor or church leader could benefit from.
I highly recommended it.
Margaret Boehm
Interesting book on how missionary work has been done in the past and what it is evolving into the future.
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