Fresh Challenges Facing the Global Church


What are some of the top challenges facing the 21st century church? In this video interview with Mark Benjamin, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon discusses how some of the greatest challenges are not necessarily unique to the people of God, but rather in how the church responds to the pressing struggles facing humanity as a whole.

In doing so, she reminds us that leadership in the church has shifted to the global south, and that faith communities are uniquely poised to offer the solution to our world’s shrinking sense of fulfillment and community.

View more videos in this series with Jo Anne Lyon:
What It Means to Be a Follower of Jesus
The Work of Justice and the Church
The Greatest News Ever

View all of our video interviews here.


Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the General Superintendent Emeritus of the Wesleyan Church. She also founded World Hope International, a faith-based relief and development organization, alleviating suffering and injustice in over 30 countries. She lives with her husband, Wayne who is the pastor of United Family Wesleyan Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana.