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Christian Mission: A Concise, Global History
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Christian Mission: A Concise, Global History

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The Grand History of Mission

A deeper understanding of the grand history of mission leads to a faithful expression of God’s mission today.

From the beginning, God’s mission has been carried out by people sent around the world. From Abraham to Jesus, the thread that weaves its way throughout Scripture is a God who sends his people across the world, proclaiming his kingdom. As the world has evolved, Christian mission continues to be a foundational tradition in the church.

In this one-volume textbook, Edward Smither weaves together a comprehensive history of Christian mission, from the apostles to the modern church. In each era, he focuses on the people sent by God to the ends of the earth, while also describing the cultural context they encountered. Smither highlights the continuity and development across thousands of years of global mission.


  • Introduction
  • Mission in the Early Church (100–750)
  • Mission in the Medieval Church (750–1500)
  • Mission in the Early Modern Church (1500–1800)
  • The Great Century of Christian Mission (1800–1900)
  • The Global Century of Christian Mission (1900–2000)
  • Mission from the Majority World (Twenty-First Century)

Product Details

  • Title: Christian Mission: A Concise, Global History
  • Author: Edward L. Smither
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 384
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683592402

About Edward L. Smither

Edward L. Smither (PhD, University of Wales-Trinity Saint David; PhD, University of Pretoria) is professor and dean of intercultural studies at Columbia International University. He spent 14 years in intercultural ministry in North Africa, France, and the USA. His previous books include Missionary Monks, Mission in the Early Church, and Augustine as Mentor.