Fuller Seminary Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) student R. York Moore was interviewed by Leadership Journal for their ministry and culture blog, PARSE. Moore is a successful evangelist to a new generation of young adults and a social justice advocate working for the abolition of slavery.
In this two-part interview entitled "Evangelizing Tomorrowland" PARSE editor Paul Pastor digs for insight into how Moore sees the church effectively sharing the gospel in the future, adapting to reach a pluralized world.
In Part 1 Moore shares his definition of what the gospel is, including that fact that it's a both/and gospel. "To the largest 'unreachable people group' in the world—modern day slaves—the gospel comes in power to free them from the brick kilns, massage parlors, and cocoa fields of oppression and despair," Moore says.
"The great news is that this is not an either/or decision for God—the same gospel that can free us from our sin, from death, and from hell is able to save little boys and girls from demonic oppression and slavery."
In Part 2 Moore lays out what he sees as some of the main obstacles and opportunities in evangelism in the future. "The obstacle to the gospel at a cultural level," claims Moore, "is the increasing incompatibility of an emerging American mythology that increasingly centers the story of the human self around a radicalized, sexualized interpretation of humanity."
Moore argues that the gospel is the answer to this new mythology. "The Christian story provides the metanarrative lens that postmoderns in America are seeking," states Moore.
"Despite what many who write about the lack of interest in and even denial of metanarrative in postmodernity, American cultural postmodernity longs for a new way to interpret the story of the world and the Bible provides this 'diagetical narrative.'"
"The tomorrow of evangelism," Moore predicts, "revolves around a posture of collaboration, service, and hyper-contextualization. As the vision of Christendom (the church as the dominant social force in areas of politics, law, academia, business, etc.) fades, the church in North America is finding itself increasingly on the margins of society, an obscure artifact of a formerly religious country. So, ministry from the margins will be increasingly important for leaders of tomorrow's church to embrace."
Get the whole of Part 1 of the interview on the PARSE blog here and Part 2 here.
Learn more about Moore here at his website tellthestory.net.