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.

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It’s Your Call: To a Missional or Missionary Life
By: David P. Jacob

       For most believers, several factors influence their missions call. Some are called to stay in their hometown and support missions at their local church, others are called to short-term mission trips, while others are called to spend a lifetime overseas as career missionaries. This SNAPSHOT book will highlight three things that can help you discover the adventure God has for you in his mission: prayer and Bible study, missionary mentorship, and short-term mission trips. 

 “The next generation of missionaries need to hear from voices like Dave Jacob. With honest confession, humility, and revealed thoughtfulness, he relates his experience of God’s call to the mission field. This is a must read for those who are earnestly seeking God’s will for their lives. Spoiler alert - it’s really not about seeking God’s will! Read it to find out what he means.” -David Wilson, director of church relations, Avant Ministries, co-author of Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization

Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care

By: David J. Wilson, ed.

    You’ve been a sending church for years. You’re known as the missions-minded stand-out in your local community. Each year you host missionaries home on furlough, eager to share their stories from the field with your church and the faithful supporters of their ministry each year. Still, you can’t help but wonder: Is there more to missionary care than this—writing checks, hosting furloughs, and offering up occasional prayers?
There is! And what’s missing may surprise you. It goes way beyond support checks and missionary photos on the church wall, instead aiming straight for the heart of God’s vision for the nations and His Church’s mission to the world. What’s more, you’ll find it’s the missing link between anemic missionaries who burn out and resilient missionaries who thrive.
Mind the Gaps compiles firsthand accounts from an experienced and practicing missionary care team in a local church which seeks to equip your church with the tools it needs to create a system of proactive care for the missionaries you send into the world. Learn how to come alongside those you send, and care for them as they care for others. Don’t let those you send get caught in the vicious cycle of burnout and attrition. The stakes are too high. Instead, learn how to mind the gaps.

Archives: Previous Books the Center Has Recommended
December 2018
Mission in Motion: Speaking Frankly of Mobilization by Jay Matenga & Malcom Gold
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
November 2018
When Everything is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison
Leave a Legacy: Increasing Missionary Longevity by Russ Turney
October 2018
Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization by David and Lorene Wilson, eds.
The Mind of a Missionary
by David Joannes