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Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey

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Introducing World Missions provides a broad overview of world missions. The book is divided into five major sections. The first two provide the biblical and theological basis for missions as well as a historical survey. The following three sections consider the practical issues and contemporary challenges involved in mission work.

The authors incorporate a number of features that add focus and insight to their broader survey. Chapters close with a case study to focus on important issues and concerns. There are also numerous maps and charts throughout the text that provide further details on particular subjects and raise questions for discussion.

With the Logos Bible Software edition, you have unprecedented access to resources that offer relatable and insightful material on Christian missions. The powerful search tools in your digital library help you locate the specific material relevant to you, whether it is textual or topical. Hours of biblical research can be accomplished with the simple click of a mouse. All Scripture passages in this volume link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. You can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, pastors, and theologians have to say, making this series ideal for studying contemporary missions.

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  • Offers a contemporary view on missions
  • Provides insight on missions’ trends, developments, and issues
  • Analyzes the theology of mission
  • Missions in the Modern World
  • Encountering Mission in the Scriptures
    • Encountering Mission in the Old Testament
    • Encountering Mission in the Gospels
    • Encountering Mission in the New Testament Church
    • Encountering Mission Theology
  • Encountering Missions in History
    • Expansion in the Premodern Era, AD 30–1500
    • Expansion in the Era of Discovery and Colonialism, AD 1500–1900
    • Expansion to and from Every Continent, AD 1900–2000
  • Encountering Missions as a Candidate
    • First Steps: Have You Been Called?
    • Missionary Preparation
    • Charting a Path from Here to There
  • Encountering Missions as a Sent One and as a Sender
    • Personal and Family Issues
    • Strategic and Ministry Issues
    • Relating to People of Other Cultures
    • Relating to Churches and Other Shareholders
  • Missions Encountering the Contemporary World
    • Communicating with People of Other Cultures
    • Mission Trends and Paradigm Shifts
    • Encountering the Religions of the World
    • Mission and the Future

Top Highlights

“God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.” (Page 58)

“The consistent failures of the disciples in Mark are seen in Acts as well, though not quite as conspicuously. Again, this is good news for us: God chooses to use ordinary people, not supersaints, to accomplish his work of calling the world to glorify him.” (Page 52)

“Second, Paul’s strategy was far more focused on a willingness to obey the Holy Spirit than on the detailed and programmatic strategic planning practices seen in Western mission agencies of today. Herbert Kane asks whether Paul had an actual strategy that he followed. His own answer is that Paul indeed did have a strategy, but only ‘if we take the word to mean a flexible modus operandi developed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and subject to His direction and control’ (Kane 1976, 73).” (Page 61)

“Misunderstanding 1: Missionaries are superspiritual” (Page 18)

“Every student of mission sooner or later encounters the accounts of Paul’s missionary journeys. It is tempting to read too much into the journeys, treating them as though they are carefully planned itineraries managed with military precision. Luke’s account is more realistic. In a blend of Spirit-led decisions and divine revelations, Paul moves from one city to another, preaching Christ everywhere he goes.” (Page 54)

No introduction to the global phenomenon of missions has been as up-to-date, nor, in many a day, as thorough and well organized as this superb volume by three outstanding mission scholars.

—Ralph D. Winter, founder, William Carey International University

This foundational volume is comprehensive, contemporary, and challenging. It speaks to the issues and concerns of the current student generation and introduces the reader to every major facet of the missionary enterprise. Well-chosen case studies, helpful diagrams, and attention-grabbing sidebars supplement the well-written text. Sections on encountering missions as a candidate, a sent one, and a sender make this book an outstanding text for an introductory missions course as well as an invaluable resource for prospective missionaries and local church leaders. I recommend it highly.

—Kenneth B. Mulholland, former dean and professor, Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions

A remarkable text book containing the history of missions (biblical and modern era); a thorough guide to candidacy and choosing an organization; a discussion of personal and family life for missionaries; and a philosophical discussion of the current trends in (and future of) missions. . . . [An] educational and practical resource for missions pastors and would-be missionaries.


This is an excellent introductory survey for would-be missionaries but it is also a very helpful preliminary text for those who want and need an overall survey in the whole area of world missions. . . . This volume is very well produced. It is enhanced with excellent case studies that leave the reader . . . to work through unanswered problems, . . . many very relevant highlighted quotations from missionaries and missiologists past and present, and also a good number of informative maps. If that were not enough, the authors give us a number of good websites, and a very comprehensive bibliography. . . . As an introductory survey it can hardly be bettered.

Reformed Theological Review

This book brings together a great deal of useful information and presents it very attractively. Someone teaching mission could find classroom resources in this introductory text and put them to good use.

Mission Studies

Gary R. Corwin is an associate editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly, special representative with SIM (Serving in Mission), and a visiting lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Gary B. McGee is an emeritus distinguished professor of church history and Pentecostal studies at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

A. Scott Moreau is a professor of missions and intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the general editor of the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions.


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