This collection of essays offers a comprehensive survey of the status of Christian missions in all parts of the world. With a preface by Lesslie Newbigin and contributions from more than two dozen top mission scholars from every continent, editors James M. Phillips and Robert T. Coote have compiled the most insightful and important reflections on missions into this singular volume. The essays in Part 1 consider unique perspectives on missions from a range of denominational affiliations and church backgrounds. Part II explores the influence of particular regions and cultures on the practice of mission. Part III treats the foundational disciplines of mission, including biblical and theological models, spiritual formation, and contextualization. Part IV focuses on contemporary challenges, such as the role of women in missions, the poor and missions, urban missions, interfaith dialogue, and church-state relations.
The contributors address a range of topics for a diverse audience. In particular, they write for those who are concerned with the present and future of Christian world missions: students in college and seminary; mission planners and mission board administrators; pastors, church members, and people of all sorts who want to become better informed on missions. Each essay concludes with suggestions for further reading and study. Toward the Twenty-First Century in Christian Mission offers a comprehensive introduction for scholars, pastors, students, and anyone interested in missions.
A gold mine of up-to-date information on the church at work around the world. The list of suggested readings added to each of the twenty-eight essays is the best concise bibliography of current viewpoints in Christian missions that I have seen, and would be enough by itself to recommend the book to teachers, students, and anyone else who wants to know how Christians regard their global role in today’s world.
—Samuel Hugh Moffett, Princeton Theological Seminary
This book must rate as the number one choice for Christian world mission reading this year. The chapters are written by an all-star cast of mission leaders representing a wide range of traditions. The editors have brought together an excellent survey of contemporary mission by geographical area, theological themes, and special challenges. One should not miss reading this book.
—Eugene Heideman, General Program Council, Reformed Church in America
James M. Phillips is associate director of Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut.
Robert T. Coote is assistant to the director for planning and development at Overseas Ministries Study Center.