Each month we highlight two books for those interested in mobilizing missionaries to the field and helping them thrive while living overseas. Check back to this page often for more recommendations.


 

On Mission Together: Integrating Missions into the Local Church by Richard Noble

Behind the work of global missionaries are local churches.

Our faith communities, from sprawling suburban churches to small rural parishes, are necessary to the task of spreading the name of Jesus and the good news about His Kingdom beyond our borders. High-impact churches consider the work of global missions as a primary part of their daily lives of faith together.

On Mission Together is a clear and concise guidebook for any church wanting to make global missions extend beyond an annual offering or a Minute for Missions. Richard Noble—pastor, educator, and missions mobilizer—offers a clear and practical pathway toward making missions part of the fundamental DNA of your church.

 

Psychology of Missionary Adjustment by Marge Jones

From responding to God’s call to dealing with retirement, veteran and future missionaries will benefit from this helpful text. Pastors, counselors, and those who support missionaries will also gain a new level of understanding of the rigors of missionary life.

In Psychology of Missionary Adjustment you will discover what it takes to be an effective and successful missionary. This study will open your eyes to, and more importantly prepare you for, the mental challenges of the mission field, from beginning to end, including:

Keys to preparation, orientation, and financing • Handling first-term stress • Learning the language • Becoming bicultural • Facing unfulfilled expectations • Living in a goldfish bowl • Developing self-esteem • Dealing with civil authorities • Handling conflicts • Reentering American culture • Adjusting to retirement and termination


Previous books we’ve recommended:

Mobilization
The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan For the World, by M. David Sills
Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture, by Jolene Cassellius Erlacher
Commission To Every Nation: How People Just Like You Are Blessing The Nations by Richard Malm
Millennials and Mission: A Generation Faces a Global Challenge by Jim & Judy Raymo
Senders: How your Church can Identify, Train and Deploy Missionaries by Paul Segar
When Missions Shapes the Mission: You and Your Church Can Reach the World by David Horner
Is God Calling Me to Missions?: 10 Questions to Help Determine Your Calling by Caleb Suko
Across the Street and Around the World by Jeannie Marie
The Missions Minded Family by Ann Dunagan
It’s Your Call: To A Missional or Missionary Life by David P. Jacob
Mission in Motion: Speaking Frankly of Mobilization by Jay Matenga & Malcom Gold
When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization by David and Lorene Wilson, eds.

Retention
Sacred Siblings: Valuing One Another for the Great Commission, by Sue Eenigenburg and Suzy Grumelot
Created for Connection: The "Hold Me Tight" Guide for Christian Couples, by Dr. Sue Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer
The Missionary Family: Witness, Concerns, Care edited by Dwight P Baker & Robert J. Priest
Doing member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices from Around the World by Kelly O’Donnell
Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker by Elizabeth & Jonathan Trotter
Spiritual Equipping for Mission: Thriving as God’s Message Bearers by Ryan Shaw
Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference by Ken Harder and Carla Foote
Zeal without Burnout by Christopher Ash
Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally by Connie Befus
Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care by David Wilson
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Leave a Legacy: Increasing Missionary Longevity by Russ Turney
The Mind of a Missionary by David Joannes