Building Your Missions Library:
Twelve paperbacks you ought to get!.
by Barry McWilliams
A sound theological foundation for missions, but much more than that - an impassioned devotional call to be either senders and goers. Reformed Christians tend to be luke-warm towards missions - but not after reading this book!
Here is a book full of practical ideas on how you can develop into a "world Christian" and encourage interest in missions in your family and congregation - starting with yourself, of course.
One of the founders of Operation Mobilization with 40 years of experience in missions reflects on the need for a more 'grace awakened' and balanced approach to world missions and deals with many of the key issues facing the church today, such as: tensions between being and doing, leadership, using only nationals as missionaries, and much more.
A series of thrilling account of God at work in missions preparing hearts for the Gospel in amazing ways!
"Ninety-two percent of all Christian workers experience fear asking for money, and the other eight percent are liars. Most of us would rather have a root canal." Here's a practical book on how to get started and pursue this difficult task. Or assist those who are preparing for the field.
The practical skills (and potential pitfalls) of preparing and taking Short Terms Missions teams to the mission field by a Presbyterian with plenty of personal experience. Also recommended is Successful Mission Teams by Martha VanCise.
The senders are a crucial part of the missions team - for every missionary - there should be an army of nine behind him. The title says it all - this is the book for the rest of us. Also his new book : The ReEntry Team.
An overview of the foundations for missions; personal and practical issues involved in becoming a missionary and getting to the mission field, and the challenges a mission worker must face.
Evangelism and the barriers we all have to sharing our faith, dealt with in a very in-depth yet understandable manner. The book covers every aspect of relational evangelism, from the biblical models (a study of Jesus' methods) and spiritual motivations for it to some very practical techniques and strategies. Along with it, you really ought to get The Master Plan of Evangelism: by Robert E. Coleman which deals with Jesus' method of discipling.
A brief history of missions that balances a broad, theoretical view of missions with more intensive discussions of specific missions.
How the Changing face of Christianity affects Short-Term Mission. A broad look at what the church is doing and shouldn't be doing as it adapts to cultural contexts.
She seeks to aid the reader in cross-cultural communication and relationships by highlighting the differences between 'hot-climate' (relationship-based) cultures and 'cold-climate' (task-oriented) cultures." based mainly on her own experiences. Good reading to sharpen our own cultural awareness.
There are lots of books out there on teaching, and lots of books on multiculturalism, but FINALLY a book that addresses each area from the other's perspective! Recommended by CE&P. Excellent companions are Ministering Cross Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships and Leading Cross Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership.
Unveiling other prevailing world views, Miller exposes the inevitable implications and consequences of their lies on human development and boldly builds a case for holistic ministry to the spiritual and physical needs of people. All in very simple language and illustrations.
Because our faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty may result in strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and ourselves, this book provides foundational concepts and applications for an effective and holistic ministry to the poor.
This book list may be reproduced and distributed: http://www.eldrbarry.net/ug/msns12.pdf
McWilliams' Mission Fund: Upcoming Short Term ministry in Uganda and Hungary: http://www.eldrbarry.net/mmf.htm