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Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church [Kindle Edition]

J.D. Payne , David Platt
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Book Description

Each generation of believers faces numerous challenges to the mission of the church.

While the church does not have control over the large issues of each generation, its response to them is a matter of Kingdom stewardship.

J. D. Payne gets to the heart of the twelve most important problems we face today. In Pressure Points J. D. helps us see how we can prevent these global issues from pushing the church off its biblical moorings, so we can absorb the pressures while responding in a way that remains faithful to the churchÆs calling and mission. Come to see that despite all the challenges, some of the greatest days for Kingdom advancement are ahead of us. 


Topics include:
  • Unreached people groups
  • Truth and pluralism
  • The West as a mission field
  • The majority world church
  • World religions
  • International migration
  • Globalization
  • Poverty
  • Urbanization
  • Children and youth
  • Healthcare
  • Oral learners

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About the Author

J. D. Payne (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He has pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana, and he served as a seminary professor for a decade. He is the author of several books on missions and evangelism. J. D. and his wife, Sarah, live in Birmingham with their three children, Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.

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  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1418550744
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
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Each generation of believers faces a unique set of challenges. These challenges shape the church and present us with the question: how do we respond effectively and faithfully?

In Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church, missiologist J.D. Payne identifies and describes twelve of the most critical matters facing the church in the first half of this century. Our response is a matter of stewardship, and the stakes are high.

The twelve pressure points are:

1. Unreached People Groups -- At present, two billion people on earth have never heard the name of Jesus. there are still 6,426 people groups that remain unreached with the gospel.
2. The West as a Mission Field -- Within recent decades, the church in the West has been experiencing significant decline, while other religions have grown, as well as the number of those who claim to hold no religion.
3. Growth of the Majority World Church -- The largest numbers of followers of Christ live outside of the western countries.
4. Pluralism and the Plurality of Faiths -- The presence of other faith systems, and the view that there are many paths to God, present challenges to the Church's trust in the exclusivity of Christ, and our missionary practice.
5. International Migration -- At the moment, 3% of the world's peoples reside outside of their countries of birth. The majority of these peoples are moving to western countries and represent some of the world's unreached and least reached peoples.
6. Globalization -- Globalization has transformed travel and communication, and has transformed how people live throughout the world.
7. Poverty -- The separation between the "haves" and "have nots" is increasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Look at Current Issues August 30, 2013
Pressure can be an amazingly destructive force. When pressure builds up inside the earth's crust, it can result in a devastating earthquake. But pressure can also be beneficial. We would not have running water with it; neither would be able to enjoy the beauty of diamonds. Pressure, with its possibilities of benefit or destruction, is the metaphor at the heart of a new book by J.D. Payne.

Pressure Points lays out twelve of the global issues shaping the face of the church today, which is to say, twelve of the global issues that already are, and will continue to, impact the advancement of the gospel in the twenty-first century. Christians do not get to choose the issues that we must respond to or adapt to; however, we are able to choose how we will respond to them. Each of these issues represents a pressure point and with each point comes the possibility of success or failure, of responding well or responding poorly. Payne says, "While the church does not have control over the macro-level contextual issues of each generation, her response to them is a matter of kingdom stewardship."

While we have seen many books like this in the past--books that describe contemporary challenges to Christianity's advance--Pressure Points stands out in its positive tone. This is not a lament for what was or what should be. It is not a complaint about current realities. It is simply a realistic assessment of ways the world is changing and the new realities it presents. Payne believes the church's best days are ahead and that each of these pressure points represents a great opportunity for the gospel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read! March 4, 2014
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Great source of concise and profound information for the external pressures that will impact the way the church will finish the task.
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I found this book a little slow getting going but it was a great insight into what is needed today for the Church to reach the Unreached in the world today due to where people are moving and the changing cultures in the West. It really challenged me to look at the attitude of our church in Ameica
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J. D. serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to moving to Birmingham, J. D. was a National Missionary with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and an Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism in the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.

After completing his doctoral studies at the age of twenty-seven, he was invited to serve with the seminary, making him one of the youngest professors in the history of the school. Prior to his arrival at Southern, he taught as an Adjunct Professor at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds memberships in the Evangelical Missiological Society and Great Commission Research Network.

J. D. is originally from Corbin, Kentucky, and came to faith in Jesus as a teenager. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, he later completed a Master of Divinity degree in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has served as a pastor of five churches in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked with four church planting teams. Over the years he has also served as a coach and mentor to numerous church planters. Rather than seeing himself as the "Apostle Paul-type," he best describes himself as a "Barnabas" to church planters and pastors. His desire is to minister alongside of others in order to see them equipped to become all that God desires for them as they multiply disciples, leaders, and churches.

Over the years, he has written numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews in the area of missions and evangelism and church growth.

J. D. is the author of several books:

Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel (InterVarsity Press)

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members (CreateSpace)

Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting (InterVarsity Press)

Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions (InterVarsity Press)

Roland Allen: Pioneer of Spontaneous Expansion (CreateSpace)

Kingdom Expressions: Trends Influencing the Advancement of the Gospel (Thomas Nelson)

Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission (InterVarsity Press)

Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church (Thomas Nelson)

Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction (Baker Academic, co-authored with John Mark Terry)

Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (William Carey Library, co-edited with Craig Ott)

He is married to Sarah who is a physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, working part-time at a clinic for uninsured populations in Birmingham, Alabama. They have three children Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.

J. D. may be contacted at and found on Twitter @jd_payne. He blogs at

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