The urban community is far from what it used to be, even 10 years ago. Cities are quickly changing, diversifying, and growing rapidly. The cities’ inhabitants are from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Not only is there the challenge of understanding a neighbor from a different country, but also the problem of understanding a neighbor from a different generation, socio-economic status, or social orientation.
A paradigm shift is needed and the MissionShift Institute was established to address this situation, in order to rise up a new generation of pastors and laity equipped with a vision and strategy for urban ministry. MissionShift covers these units: