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The Global Missions Collection contains books that cover the spectrum of modern mission work—from the living room of a Muslim neighbor to the streets of the world’s largest cities. The goal of missions remains the same, but the methodology, organization, and execution continues to evolve. The 20 volumes in this collection offer a comprehensive look at today’s outreach efforts from leaders in the field.

The contents of this collection are illustrative and practical. Authors present biblical perspectives on missions, give lessons for church planting, explain various approaches to evangelism in both Western and non-Western cultures, and share personal wisdom on overcoming cultural challenges that face every missionary living abroad. A Concise History of Christian Mission offers a sweeping historical survey from Pentecost to the present day and Globalizing Theology analyzes the theological implications of Christianity’s worldwide spread. The Global Missions Collection will help you expand your understanding of modern missions while remaining firmly planted in biblical truth.

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  • Practical guides for church planting
  • Seasoned advice on adapting to a foreign culture
  • Historical backgrounds of mission work
  • Theological discussions of modern evangelism
  • Title: Global Missions Collection
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 20
  • Pages: 5,426
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A Concise History of the Christian World Mission: A Panoramic View of Missions from Pentecost to the Present

  • Author: Herbert J. Kane
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1978
  • Pages: 224

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Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” and the rest is history! Herbert J. Kane chronicles the history of church missions to cultures as diverse as ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and twentieth-century Africa. Ideal for missiology courses and adult study groups, this excellent introductory survey offers a manageable overview of Christian outreach from Pentecost to the twentieth century.

Herbert J. Kane is a powerful voice in the missions community, known for his insights into contextualization and cross-cultural work. He served as a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story

  • Author: Michael W. Goheen
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

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There is a growing body of literature about the missional church, but the word “missional” is often defined in competing ways with little attempt to ground it deeply in Scripture. In A Light to the Nations, Michael Goheen unpacks the missional identity of the church by tracing the role God’s people are called to play in the biblical story. Goheen examines the historical, theological, and biblical foundations of missional ecclesiology, showing that the church’s identity can be understood only when its role is articulated in the context of the whole biblical story—not just the New Testament. He shows that the Old Testament is essential to understanding the church’s missional identity. Goheen also explores practical outworkings and implications and offers field-tested suggestions, putting Lesslie Newbigin’s missionary ecclesiology to work in shaping the contemporary church. The book is written at a level easily accessible to students in missions, pastoral, worldview, and theology courses as well as pastors, church leaders, and all readers interested in the missional church.

Based on the whole biblical narrative, this book is a powerful presentation of what it takes for a missional church in the twenty-first century to be ‘A Light to the Nations.’ It is both compelling and persuasive!

—Gerald H. Anderson, director emeritus, Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, CT

In the face of the weakened ecclesiology of a church mired in a postmodern, consumeristic, entertainment-oriented morass, Michael Goheen in A Light to the Nations masterfully calls his readers to a renewed missional imagination. Goheen traces the missional theme through Scripture, enabling us to see that his vision is not really new but the rediscovery of the robust, missional ecclesiology that has always characterized the people of God at their best. Goheen leads us into an expansive vision of what it means to be God’s called, eschatological people embodying the new creation. If you long to understand what it really means to be a missional church, not as a simple slogan but as our deepest identity, then this book is the indispensable road map. I heartily recommend it!

Timothy C. Tennent, president and professor of world Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary

Michael W. Goheen is professor of missional theology at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco, and Jake and Betsy Tuls Professor of Missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also minister of preaching at New West Christian Reformed Church in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and a work on Lesslie Newbigin’s missionary ecclesiology.

Agents of Transformation: A Guide for Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry

  • Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 282

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In Agents of Transformation, anthropologist Sherwood G. Lingenfelter presents expert guidance for those working abroad. He helps both missionaries and church planters become aware of how the Gospel cuts across cultural biases. His wisdom helps cross-cultural ministers understand and transform culture, instead of Westernizing it.

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.

Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible

  • Authors: Arthur F. Glasser, Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and Shawn B. Redford
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 400

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This work surveys the development of the kingdom of God theme in the Old Testament and demonstrates how it reveals God’s mission in creation, Israel, and among the nations. The authors then turn to the fulfillment of the kingdom through Jesus’ ministry and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. Based on Arthur Glasser’s more than 30 years of teaching experience, this study provides mission students and workers with an ideal textbook understanding biblical foundations of missions.

A superb book, it relates God’s mission to God’s people for God’s Kingdom in God’s world, as found in God’s Word. Evangelical missiology at its best!

—Gerald H. Anderson, director emeritus, Overseas Ministries Study Center

Announcing the Kingdom takes the reader on a panoramic tour of the Kingdom of God from Genesis to Revelation. A theology of mission centered on the Kingdom, it intersects biblical exegesis with missiological reflection to produce a solidly evangelical and relevant understanding of mission for Christians who want to share the good news in today's troubled world.

—Gary B. McGee, distinguished professor emeritus, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Arthur F. Glasser is dean emeritus of the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Charles E. Van Engen is the Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dean S. Gilliland is senior professor of contextualized theology and African studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Shawn B. Redford is a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Change across Cultures: A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation

  • Author: Bruce Bradshaw
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 264

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C. S. Lewis compared the task of ethical inquiry to sailing a fleet of ships—the primary task is avoiding collisions. When introducing cultural change, such collisions are inevitable. Bruce Bradshaw provides expert instruction for navigating these cultural clashes. Bradshaw contents that lasting change comes only through the transformation of the stories by which we live. Aspects of God’s redemption story can change how local cultures think and behave toward the environment, religions, government, gender identities, economics, science, and technology. However, effective change takes place only in a context of reconciliation, Christian community, and mutual learning. This is a must-read for anyone engaged in or preparing for cross-cultural ministry, relief, or development work. The book is also relevant to students of ethics, philosophy, and theology. Numerous real-life examples illustrate the inevitable tensions that occur when cultures and narratives collide.

A crucial addition to any serious library. It could make an effective missions textbook. No doubt Bradshaw’s work will have a wide impact, ultimately for the Gospel in societies around the world.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

By exploring many dimensions of cultures and drawing stories from around the world, this book makes fascinating reading. It also makes a valuable contribution to those seeking a better understanding of the relationship between the Gospel and culture. This requires that we understand other cultures and the values undergirding them, storytelling plays a major role in bringing about cultural change.

—Eric Ram, director of international health and international relations, World Vision


Bruce Bradshaw is the director of transformational development research and training for World Vision International. He is the author of Bridging the Gap: Evangelicalism, Development, and Shalom.

Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam

  • Author: Timothy C. Tennent
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 270

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Can evangelicals learn from world religions? While evangelicals have extensive experience with other religions through missionary endeavors, in today’s postmodern, pluralistic context, the nature of this experience is changing. Christ’s uniqueness and the truth of the Gospel are uncompromisable, but in our contemporary setting Christianity is faced with a different apologetic task than in ages past. Rather than being at the head of the table, Christianity now finds itself at a roundtable, dialoguing with competing faiths. Keenly aware of these shifts, Timothy Tennent offers Christianity at the Religious Roundtable. This book offers a focused treatment that engages doctrinal challenges to Christianity from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Students of world religions and missions will appreciate Tennent’s attempt to stimulate serious dialogue with competing world faiths.

Drawing upon extensive intercultural and interreligious ministry experience as well as solid work in theology and comparative religions, Professor Tim Tennent has produced an important work that should take evangelical discussions about theology of religions to a new level. Tennent displays a refreshing blend of respect for and willingness to learn from other traditions along with a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ as truth for all people.

—Harold Netland, professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

A vigorous, clearly-written invitation to committed Christians to enter the thought-worlds of other people. With an approach interestingly modeled on Luther’s Table Talk, Tennent brings great but frequently neglected experimental thinkers of the past, such as Brahmabandhav Upadhyay and A. G. Hogg, to a roundtable discussion on issues very much up-to-date.

—Andrew Walls, honorary professor, University of Edinburgh

Timothy C. Tennent is president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Cities: Missions’ New Frontier

  • Authors: Roger S. Greenway and Timothy M. Monsma
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 280

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Urban areas around the world continue to grow in population and influence, and demands on Christian ministries in cities are increasing. Effective urban ministry requires that pastors, missionaries, and church leaders understand modern, socially complex centers of population, culture, and political power. This second edition of Cities provides the insights needed to be an effective urban servant. Four new chapters have been added and the text has been updated throughout. Peppered with practical, experiential illustrations, Cities draws its biblical inspiration from the model of the Antiochan church in the Book of Acts. It provides foundations for the practice of urban mission and impresses upon hearts the vital importance of this field of ministry. End-of-chapter discussion questions are included.

Greenway and Monsma have provided the church with what I consider to be the best introductory volume to urban ministry. It is solidly biblical and comprehensive.

Dr. Manuel Ortiz, professor of ministry and urban missions, Westminster Theological Seminary

Greenway and Monsma write more than a textbook on taking the Gospel to the urban centers of the world. Cities: Missions’ New Frontier encourages people to labor that the masses are reached with the glorious Gospel of Christ and his Kingdom built for his glory! This is a challenging, insightful, strategic, how-to, biblical book!

—Doug Nichols, International Director, Action International Ministries

Roger S. Greenway is professor of world missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary and the author or editor of 12 books on missions.

Timothy M. Monsma is director of Cities for Christ Worldwide.

Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication

  • Authors: Craig Ott and Gene Wilson
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 464

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With nearly 50 years combined global church-planting experience, Craig Ott and Gene Wilson offer here a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for cross-cultural church planting. Combining substantive biblical principles and missiological understanding with practical insights, this book walks readers through the various models and development phases of church planting. It emphasizes the role of the missionary church planter, advocating methods that lead to church multiplication. The authors offer helpful reflection on current trends and provide best practices gathered from research and empirical findings around the globe. They take up a number of special issues not addressed in most church-planting books, such as use of short-term teams, partnerships, wise use of resources, and contextualization. Full of case studies and real examples from around the world, this practical text will benefit professors and students in church planting, cross-cultural, and missions courses; church planters and missionaries; and missional church readers.

This comprehensive textbook provides an excellent overview of what researchers have discovered about church planting and what cross-cultural church planters need to know in order to be effective. It provides a beautiful balance of theory and practical applications.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

Global Church Planting offers a comprehensive, biblical foundation for starting new churches, but it also gets down to the nitty-gritty of finding funding, developing a sense of the local culture, and pulling together the team that best meets the specific needs of growing a congregation in the community where the church is being planted. . . . It should be read by anyone thinking about planting a church, but I think it should also be read by anyone in church leadership.

Rick Warren, founder, Saddleback Church

Craig Ott is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission. He is the coauthor of Encountering Theology of Mission.

Gene Wilson is church-planting director for ReachGlobal, the international mission of the Evangelical Free Church of America, and director of their annual Cross-Cultural Church Planting School. He served as a church planter in Canada for 18 years and a church-planting trainer and coach in Latin America and the Caribbean for eight years.

Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity

  • Editors: Craig Ott and Harold A. Netland
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 382

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It is no secret that globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century. In nearly every realm—political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious—traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Recent decades have also seen the globalization of Christianity and the accompanying shift in the center of gravity of Christianity from the West to the southern hemisphere and Asia. As these realities take deeper root, scholars, students, and church leaders must grapple with the implications for theological reflection and method, not to mention missiological practice.

It is to this set of vital and complex issues that the contributors to Globalizing Theology address themselves in this collection of original and groundbreaking essays. Contributors include M. Daniel Carroll R., Lois McKinney Douglas, Paul G. Hiebert, Eloise Hiebert Meneses, James E. Plueddemann, Robert J. Priest, Vinoth Ramachandra, Steve Strauss, David K. Strong and Cynthia A. Strong, Tite Tienou, Charles E. Van Engen, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Andrew F. Walls, and Darrell L. Whiteman. A foreword by Wilbert R. Shenk is also included.

This international and internationally recognized group of scholars brings a multidisciplinary approach to the questions involved, including not only theological and missiological perspectives but also insights from history, sociology, ecclesiology, and anthropology. Part one examines the challenges for theology brought about by globalization. Part two focuses on methodological issues. Part three examines the implications of a global theology on various practical issues. Here is a vital text for courses in theology, missions, and cultural studies.

I hope this important volume is widely--and carefully--studied. It addresses a crucial need for the contemporary Christian movement: a globalized theology for a globalized church. The writers take us to new levels of exploration of what the gospel of Jesus Christ means for the multicultural, multiethnic, multinational community of the Lamb.

Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

Craig Ott is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission. He is the coauthor of Encountering Theology of Mission.

Harold A. Netland is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch Chair of Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Encountering Religious Pluralism and Dissonant Voices.

Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World

  • Author: Frances S. Adeney
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 240

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Although evangelism has been practiced in different ways across the centuries, it has always been crucial to Christianity. This text by a seasoned evangelism scholar offers a comprehensive treatment of evangelism, from biblical models to contemporary practice. Frances Adeney shows that new evangelism theologies and methods are necessary in today’s religiously pluralistic and secular contexts. She provides a historical survey of evangelism, assesses the current situation, and offers a way forward. By understanding different contexts and approaches to evangelism and accepting the views of others on this crucial topic, readers can replace the “evangelism wars” (social action vs. proclamation) with a more graceful approach to sharing God’s good news with the world. Professors and students in evangelism, outreach, ministry, and missions courses; evangelism and mission scholars; and pastors, church leaders, and missionaries will value this work.

Frances Adeney calls the church to be graceful—gentle, humble, respectful—in its evangelism, and she writes her book in the same graceful way. These pages are filled with experience, conviction, and faith. They should inspire pastors, students, and ordinary Christians, all of whom are called to live out their baptismal vocation to evangelize.

—Stephen Bevans, professor of mission and culture, Catholic Theological Union

Frances S. Adeney is William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Seminary. She has authored and contributed to many books, including Christianity Encountering World Religions, Christianity and Human Rights, and Christian Women in Indonesia: A Narrative Study of Gender and Religion.

Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions, 3rd ed.

  • Author: John Piper
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 288

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This new edition of a bestselling textbook draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. John Piper offers a biblical defense of God’s supremacy in all things, providing readers with a sound theological foundation for missions. He examines whether Jesus is the only way to salvation and issues a passionate plea for God-centeredness in the missionary enterprise, seeking to define the scope of the task and the means for reaching “all nations.” The third edition has been revised and expanded throughout and includes new material on the prosperity gospel. The book is essential reading for those involved in or preparing for missions work. It also offers enlightenment for college and seminary students, pastors, youth workers, campus ministers, and all who want to connect their labors to God’s global purposes.

At a time when the church seems to be majoring in minor factors in its marketing of missions, it is good to know that we have a new edition of the best biblical study there is on the nature of missions. The best, however, has become better! After building a solid biblical base, Piper confronts some burning issues in missions today in a way that is both spiritually nourishing and inspiringly readable.

Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ/Sri Lanka

If I had to choose only one book on missions, Let the Nations Be Glad! would be it—precisely because it’s about so much more than missions. The book’s relentless God-centered focus, with its stress on worship as the ‘fuel and goal of missions,’ provides the crucial biblical counterpoint to the anthropocentric drumbeat of our day. Don’t read it unless you’re willing to have your eyes reopened to the highest possible motive for being about the business of reaching the world for Christ.

—Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College

John Piper is a widely respected theologian and bestselling author. He has been the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1980. His preaching and teaching is featured daily on the radio program Desiring God.

Piper attended Wheaton College where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Daniel Fuller. Piper received his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College.

In 1994, Piper founded Desiring God Ministries, which provides Piper's sermons, articles, and information on titles he has authored. One of his bestsellers, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, prompted the name of the ministry.

Several of Piper's books have been Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian book award winners including What Jesus Demands from the World, Pierced by the World, and God's Passion for His Glory. The John Piper Collection (24 vols.) offers 24 titles from John Piper including The Pleasures of God andFifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.

Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond, 2nd ed.

  • Author: David J. Hesselgrave
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 348

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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. Incorporating relevant sociological, anthropological, and historical insights, Hesselgrave extrapolates 10 phases of cross-cultural church planting that are faithful to Jesus’ commandment to make disciples and to Paul’s missionary example.

This second edition draws on more recent literature, offers refined arguments, and highlights Paul’s ministry pattern. In addition, many charts, graphs, and forms bolster Hesselgrave’s skillful description of effective cross-cultural church planting.

Planting Churches Cross-Culturally provides a sound introduction to the church-planting process, making potential missionaries and church leaders aware of the pitfalls and opportunities that await any new church. It will benefit those church leaders interested in starting a new fellowship of believers in their own community and globally.

World Christian

David J. Hesselgrave is retired as professor of mission and director of the School of World Mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a past president of the Evangelical Missiological Society and is the author of Theology and Mission and Dynamic Religious Movements.

Planting Churches in Muslim Cities: A Team Approach

  • Author: Gregory Livingstone
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 272

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Building on the example of more than 100 missionaries, his own diverse experience in missions, the Acts model, and church-growth theory, Greg Livingtsone teaches missionaries to help Christians in Islamic communities “think church.” He advises church planters to work openly with former Muslims, connecting these new believers to one another and helping them fit their faith into family and society.

Greg Livingstone directs Frontiers, the largest mission agency of church-planting teams among Muslims. He served 14 years with Operation Mobilization in India, the Middle East, and Europe. He holds a DMiss from Biola University.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence, Updated Edition

  • Author: David A. Livermore
  • Edition: Updated
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 192

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Short-term mission trips are a great way to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants. In this insightful book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Winner of an Outreach Resource of the Year Award in global outreach from Outreach magazine, Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas. Now updated throughout to reflect the changing mission field.

A challenging, well-supported, and carefully crafted tool that will transform your missions and service ministries into opportunities.

Chap Clark, professor of youth, family, and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

Livermore does a terrific job of looking at the world today, asking stimulating questions about our approach to missions and giving practical insights into cultural intelligence.

—Daryl Nuss, executive director, National Network of Youth Ministries

David A. Livermore is executive director of the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition, he is research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a senior consultant with the Cultural Intelligence Center. Livermore has traveled to more than 75 countries and is the author of numerous articles and training manuals.

The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

  • Author: Craig Van Gelder and Dwight J. Zscheile
  • Series: The Missional Network
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 208

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In this book, two leading ministry experts place the missional church conversation in historical perspective and offer fresh insights for its further development. They begin by providing a helpful review of the genesis of the missional church and offering an insightful critique of the Gospel and Our Culture Network’s seminal book Missional Church, which set the conversation in motion. They map the diverse paths this discussion has taken over the past decade, identifying four primary branches and 10 sub-branches of the conversation and placing over 100 published titles and websites into this framework. The authors then utilize recent developments in biblical and theological perspectives to strengthen and extend the conversation about missional theology, the church’s interaction with culture and cultures, and church organization and leadership in relation to the formation of believers as disciples. Professors, students, and church leaders will value this comprehensive overview of the missional movement. It includes a foreword by Alan J. Roxburgh.

The missional church project endeavored to reconnect ecclesiology and missiology and identified the key convictions that undergirded the church in a post-Christendom, pluralistic world. In the years since, the term 'missional' has been adopted by a wide variety of traditions and attached to many add-on programs. This book brings much-needed clarity to a confused picture. It is no rehash of familiar material but rather breaks new ground and leaves the reader with an appetite for more!

Eddie Gibbs, professor emeritus of church growth, Fuller Theological Seminary

Craig Van Gelder is professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including The Essence of the Church, The Ministry of the Missional Church, A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation, and The Church between Gospel and Culture.

Dwight J. Zscheile is assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary and serves as associate rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 192

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Lingenfelter sets out a model for understanding the workings of a society and then applies this model to conflicts missionaries and nationals often face over economic and social issues, such as property, labor and productivity, generosity and exchange, and authority in the family and community. Utilizing a plethora of case studies and personal anecdotes, he identifies the root of the conflicts and contradictory assumptions that make it difficult for missionaries and nationals to work together, and guides readers to solutions for transforming culture.

The author explains that the cross-cultural worker-’vangelist, church planter, teacher, nurse, community developer, linguist, literacy worker, or translator—will discover the social roots of interpersonal conflict endemic to living and working with people of different cultural and social heritages. When we carefully examine ourselves, we shall be forced to admit that, more often than not, we conform theology to practice; we perceive the kingdom of God on earth in our own cultural terms.

Transforming Culture is creatively and incisively written. It is highly recommended to those studying the relationship of Christianity and culture and to missionaries working cross-culturally.

Rheenen Restoration Quarterly

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.

Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices

  • Author: Paul G. Hiebert, R. Daniel Shaw, and Tite Tienou
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 416

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Around the world, Christian churches face the challenge of folk religions. Missionaries brought formal Christianity and assumed that traditional religions would die out as the Gospel displaced animistic beliefs and practices. Today, it is clear that old ways do not die out, but instead remain largely hidden from view. People affirm orthodox theologies, but go to witch doctors, shamans, diviners, and healers during the week. Christianity has become an overlay, coexisting with folk beliefs in an uneasy tension. How is the Christian church to respond?

The authors, drawing on their years of experience both in the classroom and on the mission field, offer a compelling model that accounts for the continued persistence of folk religions. Arguing that Western missionaries have failed to take these traditions seriously, they present a richly detailed portrait of the belief systems and practices that characterize folk religions (illustrated throughout with numerous charts and examples drawn from particular cultures).

Here is a book that really does what the title suggests: it effectively helps Christians understand and respond to the beliefs and practices of folk religion, at home and abroad.

—Gerald H. Anderson, director, Overseas Ministries Study Center

As a missionary in Central America, I saw professing Christians sacrifice chickens on their way to church. As a missions professor in North America, I see professing Christians consult horoscopes for daily guidance. This much-needed and long-overdue volume provides the perspective needed to understand the what and why of the everyday religious beliefs and practices—both old and new—that actually shape the lives of their adherents. Contains culturally sensitive, theologically sound, and missiologically astute guidelines for communicating biblical truth in a transforming way.

—Kenneth B. Mulholland, Dean, Columbia Bible Institute & Graduate School of Missions

Paul G. Hiebert (1932–2007) was distinguished professor of mission and anthropology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and previously taught at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also served as a pastor and missionary to India. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and was the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books in the fields of anthropology and missions.

R. Daniel Shaw is professor of anthropology and translation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tite Tienou is professor of theology of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 128

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Ministering Cross-Culturally examines the significance of the Incarnation for effective cross-cultural ministry. The authors demonstrate that Jesus needed to learn and understand the culture in which he lived before he could undertake his public ministry. The Incarnational model offered in this book has proved to be successful for thousands of ministers. Several sections in this second edition have been rewritten and the book has been updated to reflect development in the authors’ thinking.

With vivid insight, lively narrative, and down-to-earth practicality, this book, by leading Christian anthropologists, is essential reading for anyone interested in ministering cross-culturally.

—Robert Priest, associate professor of mission and intercultural studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.

Marvin K. Mayers has taught for many years in the intercultural studies department of Biola University.

Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Learning and Teaching

  • Author: Judith E. Lingenfelter and Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 144

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Teaching Cross-Culturally is a challenging consideration of what it means to be a Christian educator in a culture other than your own. Chapters include discussions about how to uncover cultural biases, how to address intelligence and learning styles, and teaching for biblical transformation. Teaching Cross-Culturally is ideal for the Western-trained educator or missionary who plans to work in a non-Western setting, as well as for those who teach in an increasingly multicultural North America.

Incarnational teaching is truly the strength of this book. It allows readers to reflect from both a teacher’s and a learner’s perspective. The books provides a deeper understanding of the importance, as Christian educators, of taking culture seriously. Readers will be challenged to reflect in ways that bring growth as a teacher as well as a Christian. Administrators will find that this book brings wisdom about creating an institution that includes persons from different cultures-international students as well as national ethnic groups. A book for faculty group discussions.

—Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, assistant professor of religious education, Claremont School of Theology

Judith E. Lingenfelter is associate professor of intercultural education at Biola University.

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.

Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership

  • Author: Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 176

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As the US becomes more culturally diverse, cross-cultural ministry is no longer solely a concern for missionaries but also for nearly all pastors and church leaders. Of particular concern is the important issue of leadership—a difficult task made even more challenging in multicultural settings. Sherwood Lingenfelter now turns his attention and considerable experience to this crucial topic.

Cross-cultural leadership is made especially difficult by the fact that each of us brings the culture we inhabit to the role, often unknowingly. This creates blind spots and insensitivity to how others are culturally conditioned to exercise and receive leadership. Lingenfelter helps the reader understand their own leadership culture, examine it critically in light of Scripture, and become an effective learner of other cultural perspectives on leadership. He also confronts the issues of power inherent in any leadership situation. After carefully defining cross-cultural leadership, Lingenfelter unpacks and explores that definition throughout the book, with an emphasis on building communities of vision, trust, and empowerment through leadership based on biblical principles. In the end, he argues that leaders must inhabit the Gospel story to be effective cross-culturally.

No one is better qualified to tackle the thorny challenges of cross-cultural leadership than Sherwood Lingenfelter. Forged out of Dr. Lingenfelter’s lifetime of experience in the field, in the classroom and educational administration, and in global consulting, Leading Cross-Culturally brings together a rare blend of anthropology, leadership theory, and theology that calls cross-cultural team members into covenant relationships centered on Christ and the cross. This is practical missiology at its best.

—Tom Steffen, professor of intercultural studies, School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University

Sherwood G. Lingenfelter received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and currently serves as senior professor of anthropology and provost emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of several works on ministering cross-culturally as well as several volumes on anthropology.


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