A paradigm for global mission leadership: the journey of the Wycliffe Global Alliance

Developing leaders with a global mindset—how globalization and the mission of God help shape the path forward.

The research question explored in this thesis concerns how globalization affects the missional journey of the Wycliffe Global Alliance and how this is influenced by paradigm shift theory applied to the missio Dei. Together, these contribute to a theoretical model for a new paradigm for global mission leadership.

Unique factors that inform the research and its methodologies include literature reviews, an analysis of Alliance practices and processes, and case studies from within the Alliance.

Important concepts that enlighten and enrich the study include: missio Dei and missional, globalization, and paradigm theory. Each contributes to understanding the journey of the Wycliffe Global Alliance. Furthermore, the journey is influenced by other ideas including the generous funding of God’s mission; and the influences of spirituality, friendship, community and polycentrism in global mission leadership.

The research draws from broad sources and is presented through missiological and theological perspectives. The findings inform the paradigm, which is described with phrases, concepts and themes derived from the entire research. The paradigm also informs missional movements and organizational structures that can become global in their viewpoint and actions.

Adapted from the Abstract accompanying Kirk Franklin’s Phd thesis.

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Dr. Kirk Franklin serves as Executive Director for the Wycliffe Global Alliance.

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