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About the Author

J. D. Payne (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker, church planter and currently serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and as an associate professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting. J. D. has written extensively in the areas of missions, evangelism and church growth and he speaks frequently for churches, networks, conferences and mission agencies. He is the author of books such asMissional House Churches, The Barnabas Factors, Discovering Church Planting, Strangers Next Door, Kingdom Expressions and Pressure Points. In addition to these works, he and Mark Terry coauthored Developing a Strategy for Missions and he coedited Missionary Methods with Craig Ott. J. D. has pastored five churches in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked with four church planting teams. He formerly served as the executive vice president for administration for the Evangelical Missiological Society and as the book review editor for theGreat Commission Research Journal. He and his wife Sarah and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418550744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418550745
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Global Christians face constant pressures as we serve in the Kingdom, but we often fail to understand the sources of these pressures clearly. J. D. Payne's book powerfully illustrates some of today's most urgent pressure points and challenges us to act boldly as we respond biblically. - Jon Hirst, President of GMI ([...]
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