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Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission

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Christians should make disciples as disciples.

Christians who are engaged in missions regularly face ethical challenges. But the approaches and standards of modern missions often further complicate, rather than alleviate, matters. Modern missiology debates what actions constitute mission work, how to measure growth, and the difference between persuasion and coercion.

In Virtuous Persuasion, Michael Niebauer casts a holistic vision for Christian mission that is rooted in theological ethics and moral philosophy. Niebauer proposes a theology of mission grounded in virtue. Becoming a skilled missionary is more about following Christ than mastering techniques. Christian mission is best understood as specific activities that develop virtue in its practitioners and move them toward their ultimate goal of partaking in the glory of God. With Virtuous Persuasion, you can rethink the essence of Jesus’s Great Commission and how we seek to fulfill it.

Praise for Virtuous Persuasion

Virtuous Persuasion is the most important work on moral theology and missions that currently exists. It should be in the hands of everyone, scholar, clergy or lay, involved in missions.

–D. Stephen Long, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University

This book should be read by anyone interested in thinking well about Christian mission.

–C. Kavin Rowe, George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

Virtuous Persuasion offers a compelling vision of Christian mission informed by theological ethics and grounded in virtuous practice. Take and read—and live—the vision of this book. Highly recommended!

–Todd Wilson, cofounder and president, Center for Pastor Theologians

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.

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  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Critical Task: Three Models, Three Problems
    • Mission and the Missio Dei
    • Mission as Growth
    • Mission as Dialogue
  • Part II: The Constructive Task: Mission, Virtue, and the Practices of Proclamation and Gathering
    • Mission as Virtuous Practice
    • Proclamation
    • Gathering
    • Entering into the Craft of Mission: Tragedy, Tradition, and Telos
  • Conclusion: Three Summative Passages
  • Title: Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission
  • Author: Michael Niebauer
  • Series: Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683595052

Michael Niebauer is pastor of Incarnation Church in State College, Pennsylvania, and a teaching fellow at Trinity School for Ministry. He is an ecclesial fellow in the Center for Pastor Theologians and hosts the Christian catechesis podcast This We Believe.

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    $26.99

    Print list price: $29.99
    Save $3.00 (10%)