Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies

The 2nd edition of Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies  (Zondervan/Harper Collins) is a handbook of missions, similar in some ways to Perspectives of the World ChristianMissions Text Cover Movement, but written by one author, to describe the process of Christian servants becoming incarnational leaders planting and nurturing missionary movements. This 2nd edition has eight new chapters which provide models and illustrations from both domestic (North America) and international missions. Missions guides prospective and on-the-field missionaries (1) to attune their hearts to the narrative of the missionary God in the Bible—to embody the stories of missio Dei, kingdom of God, incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection, (2) to spiritually transform their lives into God’s likeness, (3) to discern personal motivations for carrying the mission of God, (4) to learn from missionaries who have gone before—in each of the six epochs of the historical expansion of Christianity, (5) to learn how to be learners as they enter a new culture (even within their home culture), (6) to confront personal feelings of ethnocentrism so that they might communicate to those of another culture as equals, (7) to communicate God’s eternal message in cultural categories that are both meaningful and effective, (8) to minister using a process of theological reflection, cultural analysis, historical perspective, and strategy formation within the context of spiritual formation in what is called “the Missional Helix,” (9) to learn basic incarnational principles for planting churches, nurturing new believers, and training leaders, (10) to apply these principles to the specific contexts in both Africa and North America; (11) to provide guidelines for effective short-term missions, (12) to discern the wise use of money in missions; and (13) to determine fundamental criteria for selecting sites for missions.  The goal is that this book will equip leaders to plant and renew hundreds of churches, thereby catalyzing movements of discipleship and mission. The story of Jim and Julie, in narratives interwoven throughout the book and in the epilogue, illustrates a journey of spiritual transformation to become incarnational missionaries. Missions equips and inspires learners to become leaders transforming the world.

The books serves as a guide to future and current domestic or international church leaders and church planters and as a text for the core missions course in an undergraduate program on the Junior/Senior level or an introductory text on the graduate level.

You are welcome to the missiological reflections based on excerpts and applications from this book.

Gailyn Van Rheenen

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