Is the church losing its voice in an increasingly more cynical and distrusting world?
This episode of the Lausanne Movement Podcast tackles the critical question of how global shifts in trust are reshaping how people hear and receive the message of Jesus.
Dr. Matthew Niermann dives into global statistics from the upcoming State of The Great Commission Report, revealing the global trends in declining trust.
Dr. Dave Benson, Director of Culture and Discipleship at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, then helps us explore these cultural trends and offers practical strategies for the Church to proactively foster and reestablish trust within its communities.
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Dr. Dave Benson
Dr. Dave Benson is a leading thinker and researcher on the role of faith in 21st-century Western culture. A former high school teacher and lecturer at Malyon Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, he currently leads the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity’s Culture & Discipleship work. This role involves consulting with theological education institutions to develop whole-life disciplemakers (LICC’s Theological Education).
Dr. Benson’s mission is to cultivate disciples equipped with wisdom for following Christ’s way in a post-Christendom culture. His 2016 Ph.D. project, titled ‘Schools, Scripture, and Secularisation,’ explores the ultimate aims of competing curricular visions and the role of sacred texts in secular education. Additionally, he is the lead editor of ‘Transforming Vocation: Connecting Theology, Church, and the Workplace for a Flourishing World’ (Wipf & Stock, 2021).
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.