Louie Giglio Gives His Thoughts on Changes in American Christianity and Francis Chan’s Decision to Move to Asia

Best-selling author and Bible teacher Francis Chan recently revealed that God is calling him to move to Hong Kong to “bring relief, share the Gospel, and plant churches among” the “ultra poor,” and Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio says he thinks it’s a “beautiful decision for him.”

Chan’s decision comes after feeling that American Christianity has caused him to “drift” over the past 20 years. Giglio, who is gearing up to hit the road in 2020 with Winter Jam, said he has also seen a big change in American Christianity over the years, but believes many of the changes are positive.

“I think some of the biggest changes have just been more of a focus on building community and not just simply hosting events,” Giglio told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. “I think the generations that are emerging are highly relational and value the relational aspect of life. It used to be enough just to say, ‘Hey, let’s gather at XYZ point and have a service of some kind.’

“But really what the church needs to be about, and I think is now shifting to be a lot more about, is to be more driven around relationships and around community, around people doing life with other people. That’s been a really big shift. I think that’s happened.”

Giglio said he loves the fact that modern day technology has made it possible to share the Gospel globally and even see what others are doing in Christ’s name around the world.

“We are living in a more globalized world than we were 10 years ago, certainly more than we were 20 years ago. Twenty years ago, your friend had to move to Asia, spend some time there, write you a letter and then come home and tell you about it and show you the photographs that they took on a camera that they had developed at a film developing place,” the speaker and author shared. “Now, you just open your phone and click on Instagram and you see what they did today in Laos, or in Cambodia or in Myanmar.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law