Global Christianity’s Evolution: Understanding the Rise of the Global South, Pentecostalism, and Polycentric Christianity with Dr Allen Yeh & Dr Matthew Niermann.

In this episode we explore shifts in global Christianity. Christianity is a dynamic and living faith which has experienced notable global shifts in the last 100 years, including the growth of Christianity in the Global South, the rise of Pentecostalism, and the continued addition of denominations, leading to the question, ‘What is Polycentric Christianity?’

Links from this episode:

Polycentric Missiology: 21st Century Mission from Everyone to Everywhere

Majority World Theology: Christian Doctrine in Global Context

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Allen Yeh

Allen Yeh is tenured Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missiology. His areas of geographical expertise are Latin America and China. He also has other academic interests in Gen Z, history, classical music, homiletics, social justice, the California missions, the Maya, and biographical interest in Jonathan Edwards (America’s greatest theologian) and Adoniram Judson (America’s first intercontinental missionary). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Theological Seminary (ITS), the Learning Synthesis Manager for the Lausanne Generations Conversation, and a Research Fellow with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. He is the author of several books including the seminal title Polycentric Missiology: 21st Century Mission from Everyone to Everywhere.

Matthew Niermann

Matthew Niermann has served the Lausanne Movement since 2010 in a variety of roles including research and operations. He is currently serving as the director of the State of the Great Commission Report for Lausanne 4. In addition, he serves as a dean and professor of architectural design at California Baptist University, where his research partially focuses on the relationship between creativity and Christian witness.