Take a look at these great reads
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.
The world is changing. More than ever, God is bringing people from other countries and cultures into our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. But we often don’t know how to start building meaningful relationships with them. In Across the Street and around the World, Jeannie Marie shows us that following Jesus’ final instructions doesn’t have to be as daunting or impossible as we might imagine.
Step-by-step, Marie walks us through the shifts in perspective necessary to align our hearts, minds, and everyday lives with God’s heart for the nations. Using personal stories and plenty of inspiration, she gently guides us away from common missteps, while offering practical tips and spiritual lessons for engaging in cross-cultural relationships with love and purpose. At the end of the day, connecting with people from different backgrounds simply starts with walking across the street as we join in God’s plans for our neighborhoods, our cities, and the world.
Thousands of people leave Christian ministry every month. They have not lost their love for Christ, or their desire to serve him. But for one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on. Christopher Ash knows this experience all too well. As a pastor of a growing church, and then in his role training people for ministry, he has found himself on the edge of burnout a number of times, and has pastored many younger ministers who have reached the end of their tether.
His wisdom has been distilled into this short, accessible book, in which he reveals a neglected biblical truth and seven keys that flow from it. Understood properly, and built into our lives as Christians who are zealous to serve the Lord, they will serve to protect us from burnout, and keep us working for God’s kingdom and glory.
Archives: Previous Books the Center Has Recommended
The Missions Minded Family by Ann Dunagan
Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally by Connie Befus
It’s Your Call by Dave Jacob
Mind the Gaps by David Wilson
Mission in Motion: Speaking Frankly of Mobilization by Jay Matenga & Malcom Gold
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
Leave a Legacy: Increasing Missionary Longevity by Russ Turney
Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization by David and Lorene Wilson, eds.
The Mind of a Missionary by David Joannes