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.
“Why are more churches not engaged in practical, substantial ways of taking the gospel to the nations?”
When Missions Shape the Mission unpacks a statistical study of traditionally evangelical churches that reveals their anemic level of commitment to the biblical mandate of making Christ known around the world. Veteran pastor David Horner makes the data easy to understand, challenging other pastors to radically assign their best leadership and resources to missions as he looks at where the church is today, how it got there, and where we must go from here:
“Let’s dream a godly dream. What if you committed to step up and lead your church in the pursuit of becoming a mission-focused church? Then, what if you invited ten of your pastor friends to join you in the effort—and each of them did the same? What would happen to the available missions force beginning right here in the West?”
God calls his people to mission. But the demands of cross-cultural ministry can be overwhelming and draining, leading to discouragement and burnout. All of our strategies and methodologies for reaching others are useless if we are incapable of living the holy, faithful lives God intends for us. Yet God does not leave us on our own. The Holy Spirit equips us to succeed and thrive spiritually in preparation of becoming God's message bearers in the world.
Spiritual formation and discipleship are at the core of effective and fruitful mission. Mission professional Ryan Shaw unpacks ten fundamental spiritual keys we need to practice to have a successful outer global witness. He shows how we can partner with God to experience Jesus' transforming power and presence, with practical insights for praying, growing and persevering as God's servants in the world.
God is calling a new generation to serve long-term to fulfill the Great Commission. The Holy Spirit is at work within us to equip and enable mission workers in and out of the field. Discover how you can become who God wants you to be as his ambassador to the world.
Previous books we’ve recommended:
Is God Calling Me to Missions?: 10 Questions to Help Determine Your Calling by Caleb Suko
Help Your Missionaries Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference by Ken Harder and Carla Foote
Across the Street and Around the World by Jeannie Marie
Zeal without Burnout by Christopher Ash
The Missions Minded Family by Ann Dunagan
Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally by Connie Befus
It’s Your Call: To A Missional or Missionary Life by David P. Jacob
Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care 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