About Mission Shift

Mission Shift is a narrative podcast exploring the changing face of global missions.

Each season, we talk to Christian leaders and ministry practitioners around the world to learn about a pertinent topic, and then craft a narrative season which brings listeners along in our learning journey. Between seasons, we release long-form versions of our interviews as Bonus Episodes.

Season 1 explores what is happening in global missions and the role past mission fields play as missionary forces.

Season 2 (releasing in June 2023) explores power dynamics and partnership in global missions.

We hope you will join us–and share Mission Shift with those around you–so together we can celebrate what God is doing around His world, and consider how we can make our best contribution in this exciting moment in global missions.

Mission Shift is hosted by Carita Chen and Josh Irby, and is a production of Cru City’s Global team. We would love to journey with you as you explore and engage in the changing face of global missions. Reach us at missionshift@cru.org

Mission Shift Hosts

Carita Chen | USA


Carita Chen serves on the Cru City Global team and has been on staff with the ministry of Cru for 27 years. In that time, she and her husband spent 3 years in East Asia training some of the first national staff in that country. They later returned to the States to help start and lead the Asian American ministry of Cru called Epic mobilizing laborers to Asia. Her deep love for connecting with people has led her to also become a certified Enneagram coach. She’s married to her childhood sweetheart, Dennis, and together they love spending time with their much prayed for son, Jacob. You can learn more about her family’s adoption story here.

Josh Irby | USA


Josh Irby is Cru City Global’s Partnership Director for Europe. He has spent 13 of his 23 years of ministry in the Balkans, first in Croatia and then most recently in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina for 11 years. He holds a MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and is the co-author of the book Cross on a Hill: A Personal, Historical, and Biblical Search for the True Meaning of a Controversial Symbol. He loves traveling the world with his wife, Taylor, and their five third-culture kids. Read more from Josh here.