In 1910 over a thousand Protestant missionaries, theologians and church leaders from around the world gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for an unprecedented World Missionary Conference. Saving the World? chronicles the assumptions and expectations that Protestants carried into the 20th century and highlights some of the major -- and unexpected -- developments in the hundred years since that meeting in Scotland.
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In 1910 over a thousand Protestant missionaries, theologians and church leaders from around the world gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for an unprecedented World Missionary Conference. Coming as it did at the peak of Western colonial power and a parallel wave of missionary growth, the global triumph of a united Protestant missionary movement appeared on almost foregone conclusion. But the future turned out very differently. Saving the World? chronicles the assumptions and expectations that Protestants carried into the 20th century and highlights some of the major -- and unexpected -- developments in the hundred years since that meeting in Scotland: new global forces and realities, including the growth of the non-Western Church, East-West and North-South partnership, the growing contribution of women, and the rise of the short-term missions phenomenon. Commissioned by Wheat College's Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, produced and directed by award-winning videographer Tim Frakes, and utilizing the insights of leading historians, theologians, and mission executives, Saving the World? provides a solid introduction to the development-and future-of the world missionary effort.
In June 1910, Protestant missionaries from around the globe gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a conference aimed at taking steps to evangelize the world. Filmmaker Tim Frakes combines historical footage with the perspectives of modern scholars to chronicle this event and its aftermath over the next hundred years. Organizers wanted to identify the great missionary problems of the day and work out solutions informed by the best modern thinking. American Methodist John R. Mott (the chair) and Scottish missionary J.H. Oldham were key figures in setting the tone and structure for the conference, where one of the key determinations reached was that while Westerners still would play an important role, the most effective way to spread the gospel of Christ would be through indigenous believers. In Asia, that meant targeting the upper classes in the hope that they would influence others--a strategy that didn't work out as planned.
Today, missions are still alive and well--American Christians alone provide more than $2 billion in support annually, wtih many participating directly in short-term trips. Saving the World? offers an informative analysis of the effect of the seminal Edinburgh event, which would lay the groundwork for creating sustainable, credible plans for staffing and funding missionaries, together with other developments in the Christian church. Recommended.
The 100th anniversary of the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland sets the occasion for this film. Missionaries, theologians, historians, and chairs of mission organizations trace the evolution of missionary work. The early years of mission were marked by sending missionaries to only preach the gospel and bring about a Western way of life. More modern mission movements seek to join together teachers and medical personnel in the work of spreading the gospel. Also highlighted is the importance of native evangelists to bring the gospel to their own people. This film could provide a foundation for a discussion on the role of mission and our future ways of participating in mission.
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