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

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10 thoughts on “Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey

  1. Mark Mark says:

    This book was my first book I had ever read on the topic of missiology the study of missions It opened up a whole new world of thought for me I kind of thought that missions was just something that you did, not something you studied Though it looks like a textbook and sometimes reads like a textbook the information is solid and helpful for those considering the mission field.


  2. Kristi-Joy Kristi-Joy says:

    As textbooks go, this is a good one As books go, this is a textbook so be warned.


  3. Louis Louis says:

    For me the strength of the book were the case studies I usually wantedinfo after reading them because I was hooked into the story.


  4. Drake Hyman Drake Hyman says:

    Summary Introducing World Missions is an excellent resource for individuals with limited missions experience who are seriously considering a career in the field It is organized in such a way as to first provide a biblical and historical context of missions so as to later build a rationale for it in the modern world Through this edition s usage of case studies and descriptions of modern mission agencies, Introducing World Missions proves to be a surprisingly profound foray into the daily lives Summary Introducing World Missions is an excellent resource for individuals with limited missions experience who are seriously considering a career in the field It is organized in such a way as to first provide a biblical and historical context of missions so as to later build a rationale for it in the modern world Through this edition s usage of case studies and descriptions of modern mission agencies, Introducing World Missions proves to be a surprisingly profound foray into the daily lives and experiences of full time missionaries.The authors first analyze the foundation of mission as it appears in the Bible by dividing it into 6 acts of a divine drama The Old Testament accounts for the 1 the creation and the fall, 2 God s calling and setting apart a people for himself, 3 God s work in rescuing his people, and 4 God s work in sending his people into exile 29 After 400 years of prophetic silence, the drama continues with 5 God saving people through Jesus the Messiah and 6 the gathering of these people to establish the Church The first missionary efforts of the Church are led in large part by the Apostle Paul, arguably the greatest missionary in the Church s history due to his unstoppable zeal for spreading the Gospel among the Gentiles While much can be learned about missions from Paul, such as how to appropriately adapt the Gospel message in a pagan context, the authors remind their readers that if a contemporary missionary followed Paul s schedule and itinerary, burnout would be a real danger Part 2 documents the spread of the church throughout history The authors briefly describe how Christianity repeatedly challenged the cultures of the day, often resulting in persecution and, at times, eradication of the church Though it became a dominant force in Europe and eventually the West, the authors observe that Christianity historically had spread into Africa and eastward into Asia, but that the number of Christians who lived in these regions remain unknown Following the Reformation, the histories of Catholic and Protestant expansion, with both their successes and failures, are briefly discussed The selected historical highlights are useful for understanding how an imperfect church with an imperfect understanding of missions was still used by God to accomplish His mission Ultimately this section ends with a summary of The Great Century during the 1900s, in which Western Powers fought for colonial control of the rest of the world, resulting in an unprecedented spread of the Gospel.The remaining parts deal with the individual appointment and sending of modern missionaries and challenge the reader s understanding of what it means to be called This section proves to be of great practical help, guiding both individuals and churches in the process of appointing, preparing, deploying and supporting foreign missionaries Through a series of excellent case studies, many of the personal, family, strategic and ministry related issues are discussed in detail, consequently removing any rose colored glasses through which prospective missionaries may be looking before reading this book Lastly, the unique challenges of missions in the 21st century are addressed in light of the preceding historical context In an age in which Christianity is affronted on all sides by competing worldviews, the authors assert that missionaries must be prepared to engage in considerable study and observation of other religions and philosophies Indeed, they must become students of the religions that are so important to those among who they work so that they may, like the Apostle Paul, become all things to all people in order to present Jesus as the only true path to salvation.Personal Reaction As I was reading this book, I becameaware that my own experiences as a missionary in South America were not unique, but rather quite common In fact, I began to realize that much of what I went through has actually been a part of the missionary milieu throughout history, and that there are terms and even entire fields dedicated to explaining the missionary experience Since this is my first formal class on missions, I found this to be of great encouragement to learn that I was not alone in my struggles One of the key challenges facing missionaries that the authors discussed in part 5 was in regard to communication While I pride myself on my ability to learn foreign languages, effective communication in another context involves so muchthan proper grammatical construction and pronunciation The authors made three points on this matter which stood out to me, the first of which is that everything that people do communicates Indeed, I can recall times when my body language, facial expression, or even my presence, or lack thereof, conveyed a message to the people I worked with in South America I had to learn the hard way that regardless of what I thought I was or was not communicating, I was often being interpreted in a way I didn t understand Another point is that the goal of communication is alwaysthan just to impart information I must admit that on several occasions when I had planned to meet with a local, my goal was often to get through the meeting having discussed a certain topic or agenda This occasionally would result not in a relational improvement, but sometimes a stalling or even a setback I had to learn that Gospel persuasion comes through genuine friendship, which takes time, patience and effort This is intimately connected with the third point the others make The ability to develop communication patterns that build trust is an invaluable missionary skill Admittedly I was, and still am, quite stubborn in my social behavior before going overseas Nothing has forced me to think outside my comfort zonethan trying to view myself through the eyes of another person As the authors put it, people interpret your words and actions in ways that make sense to them Often in past relationships, I would consider what the other person needed to do to build my trust, but as a missionary, I realized I had to take the initiative This involves remarkable attention to personal detail and the ability to listen and pay attention to another person, both of which did not come naturally to me Another key challenge the authors address is the role of short term trips in the larger narrative of world missions I found the Ten Commandments for short term missions trip participants to be incredibly accurate and rather humorous The first rule, Thou shalt always remember that the primary function of a short term team is to learn, and not to help could not be truer My first mission trips were only a week long, and while I most likely did not leave any significant impact, what I learned about myself, God and other cultures was of inestimable value While in South America for two years, we had a few teams visit us who thankfully adopted this same mentality While they wanted to help, a lack of cultural understanding and a language barrier prevented them from truly conducting evangelism However, they were of great encouragement to us, and we were able to utilize their skills and even their mere presence to advance our own mission strategy in numerous ways The authors recognize that short term missions are here to stay, and it is a challenge for churches and field missionaries to utilize them in effective and fruitful ways that benefit both parties when possible A third, and perhaps the greatest challenge the authors address is religious diversity in the modern world I have heard before that atheism is too simple a worldview for it does not adequately account for the role of morality in society While it and agnosticism have been challenges for Christian apologists, the authors believe they will turn out to be child s play compared to the challenge to Christian theology of the faiths of other men Indeed, in large parts of the world like the 10 40 Window, the vast majority of people exclusively follow religions that contain competing truth claims with Christianity As mentioned previously, this presents an enormous task of study to the Christian missionary who is seeking to counter these truths with those of the Bible Many people today view all religions as the same in fundamental ways, and it is therefore the primary responsibility of the missionary to be able to demonstrate and explain the ways in which Christ is the only way, truth and life In order to accomplish this, the authors explain that missionaries must have a thorough understanding of world religions, and that acquiring this understanding requires the careful adoption of a particular missionary role The role they adopt is crucial, for they must seek to maintain a valid platform for being in a foreign context without compromising their Christian beliefs in order to blend in On the other hand, Christians should not be so concerned with defending the Gospel against other religious beliefs The authors encourage missionaries to carefully consider how they might dialogue with and even learn from other religions while maintaining their Christian convictions since it is not ultimately the job of the Christian to defend the truth claims of the Gospel After all, the Bible does not present truth in a defensive way It simply presents the story of Jesus Conclusion Introducing World Missions masterfully accomplishes exactly what its title says it will It will no doubt prove to be a great resource for the layperson hoping to understandabout the role of missions in the church, as well as the zealous young believer hoping to catch a vision I will certainly be referring potential missions candidates to it for years to come


  5. Julie Martinez Julie Martinez says:

    This is a text book and that is why I read it because I will be teaching from it It is a solid introduction to missions and the theology of missions.


  6. Megan Rios Megan Rios says:

    Was ok had to read for class


  7. Ike Unger Ike Unger says:

    Such a great book Every church should read this So many tools that will help in many areas of mission work.


  8. Charles Charles says:

    A book with a short overview of missions and how to live in a missionary setting The book has great case studies and a good basic overview of many things But I must admit that it was somewhat difficult to stay awake while reading it Information seemed to repeat and the number of pages probably could have been cut in half.A good read if you re interested in going into missions But overall the book just felt drab and tiring to read despite how interesting it was Take a star off if you have noA book with a short overview of missions and how to live in a missionary setting The book has great case studies and a good basic overview of many things But I must admit that it was somewhat difficult to stay awake while reading it Information seemed to repeat and the number of pages probably could have been cut in half.A good read if you re interested in going into missions But overall the book just felt drab and tiring to read despite how interesting it was Take a star off if you have no interest in being a missionary and add 1 if you like case studies


  9. Dwight Davis Dwight Davis says:

    This is a good introduction to missions I enjoyed the first half of the text muchthan the second In the first half, we get a theological and historical treatment of missions, while the second half deals with practical explorations for those called to missions I m not called to missions and just had to read this for class, so the second half was a bit boring and needless for me But the first half was infinitely helpful and I recommend it just on that.


  10. Craig Prather Craig Prather says:

    This book was great in terms of introducing basic concepts of the missionary field The case studies were in real time settings and many missiological terms were introduced in the text Unfortunately, the authors were simply not that engaging and I found it hard to really get into this book.


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10 thoughts on “Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey

  1. Mark Mark says:

    This book was my first book I had ever read on the topic of missiology the study of missions It opened up a whole new world of thought for me I kind of thought that missions was just something that you did, not something you studied Though it looks like a textbook and sometimes reads like a textbook the information is solid and helpful for those considering the mission field.


  2. Kristi-Joy Kristi-Joy says:

    As textbooks go, this is a good one As books go, this is a textbook so be warned.


  3. Louis Louis says:

    For me the strength of the book were the case studies I usually wantedinfo after reading them because I was hooked into the story.


  4. Drake Hyman Drake Hyman says:

    Summary Introducing World Missions is an excellent resource for individuals with limited missions experience who are seriously considering a career in the field It is organized in such a way as to first provide a biblical and historical context of missions so as to later build a rationale for it in the modern world Through this edition s usage of case studies and descriptions of modern mission agencies, Introducing World Missions proves to be a surprisingly profound foray into the daily lives Summary Introducing World Missions is an excellent resource for individuals with limited missions experience who are seriously considering a career in the field It is organized in such a way as to first provide a biblical and historical context of missions so as to later build a rationale for it in the modern world Through this edition s usage of case studies and descriptions of modern mission agencies, Introducing World Missions proves to be a surprisingly profound foray into the daily lives and experiences of full time missionaries.The authors first analyze the foundation of mission as it appears in the Bible by dividing it into 6 acts of a divine drama The Old Testament accounts for the 1 the creation and the fall, 2 God s calling and setting apart a people for himself, 3 God s work in rescuing his people, and 4 God s work in sending his people into exile 29 After 400 years of prophetic silence, the drama continues with 5 God saving people through Jesus the Messiah and 6 the gathering of these people to establish the Church The first missionary efforts of the Church are led in large part by the Apostle Paul, arguably the greatest missionary in the Church s history due to his unstoppable zeal for spreading the Gospel among the Gentiles While much can be learned about missions from Paul, such as how to appropriately adapt the Gospel message in a pagan context, the authors remind their readers that if a contemporary missionary followed Paul s schedule and itinerary, burnout would be a real danger Part 2 documents the spread of the church throughout history The authors briefly describe how Christianity repeatedly challenged the cultures of the day, often resulting in persecution and, at times, eradication of the church Though it became a dominant force in Europe and eventually the West, the authors observe that Christianity historically had spread into Africa and eastward into Asia, but that the number of Christians who lived in these regions remain unknown Following the Reformation, the histories of Catholic and Protestant expansion, with both their successes and failures, are briefly discussed The selected historical highlights are useful for understanding how an imperfect church with an imperfect understanding of missions was still used by God to accomplish His mission Ultimately this section ends with a summary of The Great Century during the 1900s, in which Western Powers fought for colonial control of the rest of the world, resulting in an unprecedented spread of the Gospel.The remaining parts deal with the individual appointment and sending of modern missionaries and challenge the reader s understanding of what it means to be called This section proves to be of great practical help, guiding both individuals and churches in the process of appointing, preparing, deploying and supporting foreign missionaries Through a series of excellent case studies, many of the personal, family, strategic and ministry related issues are discussed in detail, consequently removing any rose colored glasses through which prospective missionaries may be looking before reading this book Lastly, the unique challenges of missions in the 21st century are addressed in light of the preceding historical context In an age in which Christianity is affronted on all sides by competing worldviews, the authors assert that missionaries must be prepared to engage in considerable study and observation of other religions and philosophies Indeed, they must become students of the religions that are so important to those among who they work so that they may, like the Apostle Paul, become all things to all people in order to present Jesus as the only true path to salvation.Personal Reaction As I was reading this book, I becameaware that my own experiences as a missionary in South America were not unique, but rather quite common In fact, I began to realize that much of what I went through has actually been a part of the missionary milieu throughout history, and that there are terms and even entire fields dedicated to explaining the missionary experience Since this is my first formal class on missions, I found this to be of great encouragement to learn that I was not alone in my struggles One of the key challenges facing missionaries that the authors discussed in part 5 was in regard to communication While I pride myself on my ability to learn foreign languages, effective communication in another context involves so muchthan proper grammatical construction and pronunciation The authors made three points on this matter which stood out to me, the first of which is that everything that people do communicates Indeed, I can recall times when my body language, facial expression, or even my presence, or lack thereof, conveyed a message to the people I worked with in South America I had to learn the hard way that regardless of what I thought I was or was not communicating, I was often being interpreted in a way I didn t understand Another point is that the goal of communication is alwaysthan just to impart information I must admit that on several occasions when I had planned to meet with a local, my goal was often to get through the meeting having discussed a certain topic or agenda This occasionally would result not in a relational improvement, but sometimes a stalling or even a setback I had to learn that Gospel persuasion comes through genuine friendship, which takes time, patience and effort This is intimately connected with the third point the others make The ability to develop communication patterns that build trust is an invaluable missionary skill Admittedly I was, and still am, quite stubborn in my social behavior before going overseas Nothing has forced me to think outside my comfort zonethan trying to view myself through the eyes of another person As the authors put it, people interpret your words and actions in ways that make sense to them Often in past relationships, I would consider what the other person needed to do to build my trust, but as a missionary, I realized I had to take the initiative This involves remarkable attention to personal detail and the ability to listen and pay attention to another person, both of which did not come naturally to me Another key challenge the authors address is the role of short term trips in the larger narrative of world missions I found the Ten Commandments for short term missions trip participants to be incredibly accurate and rather humorous The first rule, Thou shalt always remember that the primary function of a short term team is to learn, and not to help could not be truer My first mission trips were only a week long, and while I most likely did not leave any significant impact, what I learned about myself, God and other cultures was of inestimable value While in South America for two years, we had a few teams visit us who thankfully adopted this same mentality While they wanted to help, a lack of cultural understanding and a language barrier prevented them from truly conducting evangelism However, they were of great encouragement to us, and we were able to utilize their skills and even their mere presence to advance our own mission strategy in numerous ways The authors recognize that short term missions are here to stay, and it is a challenge for churches and field missionaries to utilize them in effective and fruitful ways that benefit both parties when possible A third, and perhaps the greatest challenge the authors address is religious diversity in the modern world I have heard before that atheism is too simple a worldview for it does not adequately account for the role of morality in society While it and agnosticism have been challenges for Christian apologists, the authors believe they will turn out to be child s play compared to the challenge to Christian theology of the faiths of other men Indeed, in large parts of the world like the 10 40 Window, the vast majority of people exclusively follow religions that contain competing truth claims with Christianity As mentioned previously, this presents an enormous task of study to the Christian missionary who is seeking to counter these truths with those of the Bible Many people today view all religions as the same in fundamental ways, and it is therefore the primary responsibility of the missionary to be able to demonstrate and explain the ways in which Christ is the only way, truth and life In order to accomplish this, the authors explain that missionaries must have a thorough understanding of world religions, and that acquiring this understanding requires the careful adoption of a particular missionary role The role they adopt is crucial, for they must seek to maintain a valid platform for being in a foreign context without compromising their Christian beliefs in order to blend in On the other hand, Christians should not be so concerned with defending the Gospel against other religious beliefs The authors encourage missionaries to carefully consider how they might dialogue with and even learn from other religions while maintaining their Christian convictions since it is not ultimately the job of the Christian to defend the truth claims of the Gospel After all, the Bible does not present truth in a defensive way It simply presents the story of Jesus Conclusion Introducing World Missions masterfully accomplishes exactly what its title says it will It will no doubt prove to be a great resource for the layperson hoping to understandabout the role of missions in the church, as well as the zealous young believer hoping to catch a vision I will certainly be referring potential missions candidates to it for years to come


  5. Julie Martinez Julie Martinez says:

    This is a text book and that is why I read it because I will be teaching from it It is a solid introduction to missions and the theology of missions.


  6. Megan Rios Megan Rios says:

    Was ok had to read for class


  7. Ike Unger Ike Unger says:

    Such a great book Every church should read this So many tools that will help in many areas of mission work.


  8. Charles Charles says:

    A book with a short overview of missions and how to live in a missionary setting The book has great case studies and a good basic overview of many things But I must admit that it was somewhat difficult to stay awake while reading it Information seemed to repeat and the number of pages probably could have been cut in half.A good read if you re interested in going into missions But overall the book just felt drab and tiring to read despite how interesting it was Take a star off if you have noA book with a short overview of missions and how to live in a missionary setting The book has great case studies and a good basic overview of many things But I must admit that it was somewhat difficult to stay awake while reading it Information seemed to repeat and the number of pages probably could have been cut in half.A good read if you re interested in going into missions But overall the book just felt drab and tiring to read despite how interesting it was Take a star off if you have no interest in being a missionary and add 1 if you like case studies


  9. Dwight Davis Dwight Davis says:

    This is a good introduction to missions I enjoyed the first half of the text muchthan the second In the first half, we get a theological and historical treatment of missions, while the second half deals with practical explorations for those called to missions I m not called to missions and just had to read this for class, so the second half was a bit boring and needless for me But the first half was infinitely helpful and I recommend it just on that.


  10. Craig Prather Craig Prather says:

    This book was great in terms of introducing basic concepts of the missionary field The case studies were in real time settings and many missiological terms were introduced in the text Unfortunately, the authors were simply not that engaging and I found it hard to really get into this book.


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