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The Encountering Mission Series is designed to introduce a new generation of students to missions. Authored by leading evangelical scholars, these volumes explore the issues, developments, trends, context, and changes in world missions in the twenty-first century. They analyze the theological basis for missions and provide insight on preparing for the mission field.

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 the Encountering Mission Series 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

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

  • Authors: Gary R. Corwin, Gary B. McGee, and A. Scott Moreau
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 352

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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.

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.

The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends

  • Authors: Douglas McConnell, Michael Pocock, and Gailyn Van Rheenen
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 400

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The latter part of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first have seen dramatic changes, both in global society and within the church. These changes have ramifications for the task of missions in the new millennium. The Changing Face of World Missions identifies and interacts with 12 significant trends that today’s student of missions needs to understand. These trends include globalization, changing demographics, the shift from modernity to postmodernity, the shift from Christendom to global Christianity, changing motivations for missions, the impact of new technologies, and the issue of contextualization. The text is enhanced by case studies to foster individual and group reflection and discussion.

In a rapidly changing world, we can no longer carry out missions as usual. We need a renewed vision and new ways to reach a world in such desperate need. In this excellent book, Michael Pocock, Gailyn Van Rheenen, and Douglas McConnell relay the unchanging biblical foundations and renew our vision for missions. They also deal with urgent new challenges that confront us. In doing so, they help us both to analyze our world and our mission and to think deeply for ourselves, even as they call us to become involved in God’s work in this world. This book can help all of us in the church grasp the nature and the importance of the mission God has given us in our day.

Paul G. Hiebert, distinguished professor of mission and anthropology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This is a fascinating book that challenges Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, to rethink what they mean by mission and how they put their commitment to spreading the gospel into practice. This is absorbing reading by thoughtful authors who make a real contribution to contemporary thinking about Christian mission.

Irving Hexham, professor of religious studies, University of Calgary

This is a well-conceived book, surveying and evaluating global developments as they influence and challenge evangelical missions worldwide. It is wide ranging, instructive, motivating, and rich in detail. This book is a commendable cooperative effort of three senior missionary leaders with rich cross-cultural experience and necessary expertise. I recommend it highly as a reliable and helpful guide to all who want to know more about our rapidly changing world and an effective Christian response to it.

—Peter Kuzmic, Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

An excellent resource on the changing realities of our world and the mission movement. A must-read for any pastor, mission leader or group wanting to evaluate the effectiveness of their current mission activities.


[The authors] are well qualified both academically and experientially to engage their assigned topics. . . . The authors are to be thanked for their insightful work that will help evangelical missionaries, future missionaries, and local church supporters understand crucial transformations in world missions.


Douglas McConnell is provost and senior vice president, and professor of leadership and intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Michael Pocock is the senior emeritus professor of world missions and intercultural studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Gailyn Van Rheenen retired from Abilene Christian University in 2003 to launch Mission Alive, an organization devoted to the training of Christian leaders.

Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry

  • Authors: Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney Douglas
  • Series: Encounter Mission
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 416

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A generation of students preparing for intercultural mission work has relied on the classic text Life and Work on the Mission Field by J. Herbert Kane, a guide to the practicalities of missionary life. Encountering Missionary Life and Work seeks to build on Kane’s work and provide practical guidance for a new generation of twenty-first-century missionaries. The authors are well qualified to write such a manual, each having served on the mission field for more than 20 years and each having taught missions at the seminary level.

The authors begin by examining the contemporary context for mission work, including the recognition that the world’s mission fields are in constant and often rapid flux. They then discuss various aspects of preparing oneself for the mission field, beginning with home-front preparations and moving to on-the-field preparations. The final section deals with practical issues of missionary life and its unique challenges. The text is supplemented with case studies and many helpful sidebars for reflection and discussion.

This book is a wonderful introduction to missionary life and work, addressing most of the questions that a person might ask about a possible career in Christian missions. Steffen and McKinney Douglas emphasize that preparation for missionary effectiveness begins first and foremost in one’s relationship to God and then in one’s relationships to God’s people. They also address most of the practical questions—support, agency, culture, language, family, schooling—related to the daily life and work of a missionary. This is an excellent resource for introductory missions classes in any training context.

Sherwood Lingenfelter, emeritus provost and professor of anthropology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney Douglas have produced a work that is sure to become a classic text for those who anticipate ministry in another culture. Encountering Missionary Life and Work goes beyond any merely academic approach to cross-cultural ministry. It focuses on the lifetime development of deeper spirituality, self-understanding, and relationships essential for effective ministry that honors God in a global context. Tom and Lois write from a rich background in effective cross-cultural ministry and years of preparing others for such ministry. I anticipate using their text in my own classes. Others have written effectively on missionary life and work, but this text is for today’s missionary and suits the dynamic world situation that confronts us.

Michael Pocock, senior emeritus professor of world missions and intercultural studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

A book strong on background and theory for the student of missions. . . . The authors do a good job of referring the reader to up-to-date web and print resources for further exploration. . . . A useful text for an introductory missions course and a worthwhile basic reference for field missionaries or mission-minded Christians.

Stone-Campbell Journal

[This text] introduces a new generation of students to mission and missionary service. . . . Each chapter contains sidebars and case studies designed to engage the class in discussion and reflection on the subject highlighted in the section. At the end of each chapter is a summary, often suggesting implications, definitions, or applications. . . . This volume will be useful in cross-cultural courses in Bible colleges, universities, and seminaries.

Bibliotheca Sacra

Steffen and McKinney Douglas are well qualified to guide twenty-first-century cross-cultural workers into the future. . . . Encountering Missionary Life and Work is an easy-to-read contemporary textbook geared for the dynamic, global challenges that will face the short-term or career missionary. . . . Appropriate case studies and many personal anecdotal sidebars are incorporated into most of the 17 chapters. Over 120 helpful websites . . . are included in an appendix. A helpful Scripture and subject index is also provided. The authors function as two skilled conductors as they orchestrate the 350 plus contemporary contributions into an engaging production. Here is a practical twenty-first century resource tool that will enhance the training of future missionaries at the college and graduate level. Churches involved in sending short-term teams will want to include this ‘must-read’ in their libraries.


Tom Steffen is a professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the Doctor of Missiology program. He served as a missionary for 20 years in Southeast Asia.

Lois McKinney Douglas is emerita professor of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served as a missionary for 23 years with the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society.

Christianity Encountering World Religions: The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-First Century

  • Authors: Terry Muck and Frances S. Adeney
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 416

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Given the unique religious climate of the twenty-first century and the challenges to Christian mission it poses, Christianity Encountering World Religions proposes a new, albeit very biblical, model for mission. Specifically, it is a model for interacting with people of other faiths. The authors term this model “giftive mission,” as it is based on the metaphor of free gift. They suggest that seeing mission activity through the lens of giving the greatest gift possible—the Gospel message—not only has the potential for greater missionary success but also enables us to imitate more closely God’s gracious activity in the world.

The book begins by addressing preliminary matters: the current state of religion, the biblical material, and the presuppositions readers bring to the subject. Part two explores 11 practices that constitute giftive mission. Each practice is illustrated through the story of a figure from mission history who embodied that practice. Part three addresses method: how to apply the 11 practices in specific cultural and religious settings. The concluding section of the book ties all the prior discussion together and presents a compelling case and vision for giftive mission. Mission scholars, students, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this probing study.

In an era when Christians are frustrated by the devotion of whole peoples to religions that are fiercely resistant to gospel missions, this book will come as a bold and liberating proposal for both mission theorists and practitioners. Professors Muck and Adeney draw from decades of experience and scholarship to construct a model based on imitatio Christi and missio Dei. Perhaps the most helpful feature of this book is its expert use of stories from 20 centuries of missions to illustrate, in fascinating detail, ‘giftive mission.’

—Gerald R. McDermott, professor of religion, Roanoke College

Finally we have in a single volume a sustained, creative, and approachable argument describing how Christians should think about their relations with people of other faiths. There is neither a more important issue in missiology today nor a better presentation of the material in a constructive piece. The authors lucidly lay out the various positions and approaches, but they also clearly spell out their own commitments. I now have a book to point to and say, ‘Read this, and then we can talk about Christian life and responsibility in a religiously plural world.’

Scott W. Sunquist, W. Don McClure Associate Professor of World Mission and Evangelism, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Muck and Adeney have produced an outstanding work. It is biblical, historical, and practical. It demonstrates a keen awareness of contemporary mission in its multiple facets. This book is useful as a textbook and for its charts describing aspects of mission. There are pertinent questions for reflection and discussion.


A rich and stimulating work which proposes a new way of thinking about and practicing Christian mission among adherents of other religions. . . . The book is relevant not simply for those interested in a relational model for engaging people of other faiths, but more broadly for anyone interested in crossing cultural boundaries with the gospel. This is a thoughtful and penetrating discussion which deserves a wide reading among mission theorists and practitioners.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

A textbook . . . dealing with the theory and practice of missiology and offering a model of mission that falls nicely into the inclusivist column. . . . An interesting feature is the research that the authors have done on an ecumenical list of Christian history’s greatest missionaries. . . . There are useful case studies, an index, and a bibliography. While not an objective study of missions or missiology today, it is a useful example of such for those studying Christian mission from an ecumenical point of view.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Terry Muck is the interim executive director of the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. He formerly served as dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of nine books, including Ministry and Theology in Global Perspective: Contemporary Challenges for the Church.

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

Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues

  • Authors: Craig Ott, Stephen J. Strauss, and Timothy C. Tennent
  • Series: Encountering Mission
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 432

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This fresh, comprehensive text fills a need for an up-to-date theology of mission. The authors, who are leading mission experts, discuss biblical theology of mission, provide historical overviews of the development of various viewpoints, and address current theological issues in global mission from an evangelical perspective. They offer creative approaches to answering some of the most pressing questions in theology of mission and missionary practice today.

Readable yet thorough, Encountering Theology of Mission integrates current views of the kingdom of God and holistic mission with traditional views of evangelism and church planting. It also brings theology of mission into conversation with ecclesiology. Topics covered include contextualization, the missionary vocation, church and mission, and theology of religions. Case studies enable readers to see how theology of mission touches real-life mission practice. This unique text will benefit mission leaders, missionaries, professors, and students.

Good maps can be hard to find. Thankfully Craig Ott, Stephen Strauss, and Timothy Tennent have drawn up a comprehensive yet easy-to-navigate guide to the complex terrain of theologizing about Christian mission. It is hard to imagine a more careful presentation of this vast subject.

—J. Nelson Jennings, associate editor, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

This globalized world needs a relevant theology of mission that articulates a cogent ‘biblical direction for the church’s fulfillment of its missionary mandate.’ This excellent book by Ott, Strauss, and Tennent moves us from a paternalistic mind-set to a fraternal one that seeks to proclaim Christ from everywhere, to everywhere. I would strongly commend this book not only to professors and students in seminaries but also to practitioners and missions committees in local churches so that our understanding and practice of mission remains cutting edge as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation.

—Junias Venugopal, provost and dean of education, Moody Bible Institute

Deep gratitude to our three writers for a rich and textured work! It is rooted in Scripture, history, and context; it is challenging yet very readable; it is antiphonal—moving from theology and theory to the highly practical and engaging—with some excellent sidebars and case studies. Although the book will be seen as a text by some, I would highly recommend this book to my global colleagues, the reflective practitioners of mission today.

William D. Taylor, global ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance

There is much to commend here. The authors demonstrate a strong Trinitarian emphasis and helpfully elaborate on the Trinitarian foundation of the Christian mission. . . . The section on globalized theology . . . is quite encouraging. . . . One excellent feature that runs throughout the entire book is the inclusion of numerous sidebars and case studies for further reflection to assist in distilling the material. . . . Those who are looking for a solidly evangelical, informed, theological elaboration of mission need look no further than this volume.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

The authors have offered a fresh, well-written theology of mission for our times. In addition to college and seminary students, I think that pastors, missions pastors, and lay people will also benefit from this fine book.

Criswell Theological Review

Craig Ott is a professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he occupies the chair of mission and evangelism department. He is the coeditor of Globalizing Theology.

Stephen J. Strauss is the department chair and professor of world missions and intercultural studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He previously served with Serving in Mission (SIM) for over 27 years, most recently as its US director.

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

Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction

  • Authors: John Mark Terry and J.D. Payne
  • Series: Encountering Mission Series
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 320

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In Developing a Strategy for Missions, two missionary scholars offer readers an up-to-date discussion of missionary strategy. The authors focus on the biblical, missiological, historical, cultural, and practical issues that inform and guide the development of an effective missions strategy. The book includes tables, diagrams, box inserts, sidebars, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a list of key terms. Students of global or domestic mission work and mission practitioners will value this new resource.

John Mark Terry earned his PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently professor of missions at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary in Malaysia and has served as a missionary.

J.D. Payne earned his PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is pastor of church multiplication at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and has served as a missionary.

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