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Here are some recommended books on missions. 


PARADIGMS IN CONFLICT: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today, Hesselgrave, David J., Grand Rapids, MI, Kregel, 2005. Dr. Hesselgrave selects a balanced array of pressing issues that missionaries and students of missions face today in Christian global outreach. Using Scripture, social sciences, and history, he provides solid answers and concludes that the future of Christian missions depends more on the changes we do not make than on the changes we do make.

MISSIONS IN A NEW MILLENNIUM - Changes and Challenges in World Missions, Glenny, W. Edward and Smallman, William H., eds.. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2000. Here is a collection of essays from independent Baptist missions leaders dealing with the changes and challenges in world missions. It is broken into three sections dealing with biblical studies, theological studies, and strategy studies.

MISSIONS IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, Stan Guthrie, Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Publishing, 2000. This volume, written by a keen observer of the global missions movement, offers insights to help students, churches, missionaries, agencies, and Christians from outside the West grasp the big picture and take practical steps for more effective involvement. Notes, suggestions for further reading and discussion questions are included.

OPERATION WORLD, Johnstone, Patrick and Jason Mandryk, Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Publishing, 2000. Based on the supposition that "When we pray God works," the authors put together a prayer guide covering the entire populated world. Operation World offers demographic and geographical information for every country in the world, as well as answers to prayer (for applicable countries), and prayer requests.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT-A Reader, Winter, Ralph D. and Hawthorne, Steven C., eds., Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1999. The editors have gathered a multi-faceted collection of readings exploring the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of world evangelization.

LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD, Piper, John., Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1993. Piper draws on key biblical texts to show that worship is the ultimate goal of the church, and that proper worship fuels missions. The author addresses the role of prayer and the issues of universalism and annihilation, then reviews the incentives of sovereign grace for world evangelism, and the urgency of reaching unreached peoples.

MISSIOLOGY - An Introduction to the Foundations, History and Strategies of World Missions, Terry, John Mark with Smith, Ebbie and Anderson, Justice, eds., Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. This large volume explores the biblical mandate for world evangelization, reviews the history of missions, and describes the current state of world religions. Fascinating information!

GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, Taylor, William, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2000. Readers will find in this book fascinating reflections on the state of evangelical world missions today, excellent Bible studies on Trinitarian mission, and interesting presentations of different models in missions that will stimulate creative thinking for the local church's international ministry.

MISSIONS - Biblical Foundations & Contemporary Strategies, Van Rheenan, Gailyn, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996. A popular textbook in colleges and seminaries, this treatise offers fascinating insights on "the missionary cycle", cross-cultural issues, church maturation, selecting mission fields, and other vital topics.

VITAL MISSIONS ISSUES, Examining Challenges and Changes In World Evangelization, Zuck, Roy, ed., Grand Rapids, Kregel Publications, 1998. This book draws upon the insights and study of numerous evangelical scholars to address crucial issues in world missions.

OVERCOMING THE WORLD MISSIONS CRISIS, Russell, Penney, Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2001.
Russell calls for a return to the biblical model of missions, presenting a practical guide to issues in career and short-term missionary service.


PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY, Banks, Robert, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publications, 1994. How much were Paul's thoughts a reflection of the broader culture he lived in? Banks explores these types of question and sifts through practices of the synagogue and mystery cults to give you a view of the nature, structure, and basis of Paul's communities as he saw them.

PLANTING CHURCHES CROSS-CULTURALLY, Hesselgrave, David J. Grand Rapids, Baker-Revell Publishers, 2000. Ministry training often emphasizes expanding on the work of existing ministries to the neglect of addressing the difficulties of planting new churches in North America and around the world. This volume provides a practical, thorough, biblical, and inspirational corrective.

PLANTING NEW CHURCHES IN THE POSTMODERN AGE, Stetzer, Ed, Broadman-Holman, 2003. Despite the "bigger-is-better" mentality, statistics do not support the assumption that size is necessarily the best way to reach people. On a per capita basis, new churches win more people to Christ than established churches. "The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches."

MULTIPLYING CHURCHES: Reaching Today's Communities Through Church Planting, Timmis, Stephen, Christian Focus Publications, 2000. Incisive chapters on the theology of church planting, the principles for multiplying effective gospel centered churches, and a fascinating look at the history of church planting help us to see the possibilities.

INCARNATIONAL MINISTRY: Planting Churches in Band, Tribal, Peasant, and Urban Societies, Heibert, Paul, et al, Grand Rapids: Baker-Revell, 1995. The authors study four types of societies of bands, tribes, peaseantry and urbanites. The authors show that identifying distinctive styles of social interaction can guide church planters towards openness in a community. Charts and study data help explain class structures and social characteristics.

PLANTING CHURCHES IN MUSLIM CITIES, Livingstone, Greg, Grand Rapids: Baker-Revell, 1993. A blueprint for church planting in Muslim countries based on the documented experiences of 100 missionaries who are evangelizing and discipling in the Muslim world.

MISSIONARY METHOD: St. Paul's Or Ours, Allen, Roland, Grand Rapids: Eeerdmans, 1999. Profoundly biblical, Allen's methods are drawn from a scrupulous examination of St. Paul's own principles for missionary work. The strategy of the apostolic method with its unwavering belief and trust in the Holy Spirit indwelling converts and the churches of which they are members, is as relevant today as it was in the first formative years of the church.

THE SPONTANEOUS EXPANSION OF THE CHURCH, Allen, Roland, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1997. Though he wrote almost a century ago, Allen's ideas addressed problems in missionary thinking that survive to this day. He exhorts missionaries to biblical simplicity and sound doctrine while warning against the cultural and organizational tendencies of mission organizations and the churches they plant.

PASSING THE BATON, Church Planting That Empowers, Steffen, Tom A., La Habra, CA: Center for Organizational and Ministry Development, 1997. Steffen, a missions prof at Biola, says that since effective leaders start with the end in mind, missionaries need to think through the phase-out process before the church plant begins. Steffen draws on lots of experience and bad stories to teach missionaries some valuable lessons.

BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE MISSIONS ENTERPRISE? Steffen, Tom A., La Habra, CA: Center for Organizational and Ministry Development, 1999. This book should be read by church leaders and by anyone going overseas for more than six months. It helps reduce the amaturization of missions.

ANTHROPOLOGICAL REFLECTION ON MISSIOLOGICAL ISSUES, Heibert, Paul, Grand Rapids, Baker-Revell, 1994. Anthropology's contributions are explored to give an understanding of cross-cultural epistemology, globalism, urbanization, church planting, and spiritual warfare.

COMMUNICATING CHRIST CROSS-CULTURALLY, Hesselgrave, David J., Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1991. An introduction to missionary communication. Examines world views, cognitive processes, linguistic forms, behavioral patterns, social structures, communication media, and motivational sources. Indexed.


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