Technology is changing the way mission organizations, denominations and churches operate.

That statement would have have been breaking news a decade or two ago but it’s taken for granted today.

But every now and then a fresh reminder comes along illustrating how much upheaval in generational shifts, combined with digital finance and communications, are impacting global ministries.

One of those gut-check moments came in a recent Christianity Today article reporting that Global Mapping International, or GMI, has announced it will shut down June 30 after more than three decades of operation.

The organization provides customized maps, demographics and infographics tailored to the needs of overseas missionaries.

GMI President and CEO Jon Hirst told the magazine that shifting generational trends in fundraising, competition from other vendors and the advent of online mapping contributed to the organization’s decision to close.

It’s become more difficult to raise money in part because Millennials do not want to give to institutions, he said in the April 28 article.

And then there is technology, most notably the Internet.

“When GMI was founded 33 years ago, there was no other way to get most of this information but to come in person or make a long-distance call from the Philippines,” he told CT. “Today, we have Google Maps.”

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
Jeff Brumley