Recommended Websites

  • www.missioninsite.com

    www.missioninsite.com

    Easy-to-use map based data analytics tools have established MissionInsite as the preferred choice for current community information.

  • www.umcmission.org

    www.umcmission.org

    The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations.

    Purpose: Connecting the Church in mission

    Vision: The General Board of Global Ministries equips and transforms people and places for God's mission around the world.

    Four Mission Goals:
    Make disciples of Jesus Christ;
    Strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities;
    Alleviate human suffering;
    Seek justice, freedom, and peace.

Suggested Reading

  • The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church (Alan Hirsch 2009)

    The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church (Alan Hirsch 2009)

    The Forgotten Ways proposes the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to experience exponential growth and impact at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.

  • Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People (Hirsch, Ford and McManus 2011)

    Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People (Hirsch, Ford and McManus 2011)

    Leading voices in the missional church offer practical ways for ordinary Christians to live missionally right where they are.

  • Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus

    Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus

    Slaughter, 2010

    "A challenge to take the church into the world instead of coaxing the world into the church."

  • Change the World (Slaughter, 2010)

    Change the World (Slaughter, 2010)

    A challenge to take the church into the world instead of coaxing the world into the church.

  • Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Gospel & Our Culture)

    Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Gospel & Our Culture)

    Barret, 2004

    "There is a growing literature on the need for local congregations to become more mission-minded, yet churches lack the know-how for turning conviction into practice. What would a missional church actually look like? How would it live its life? This volume answers such questions by highlighting eight tangible characteristics currently being modeled by nine congregations from across North America.Produced by a team of authors, "Treasure in Clay Jars" is built around case studies of missional churches that are diverse in their denominational affiliations, worship styles, political stances, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The book explores eight concrete patterns common to the success of these churches that can be fruitfully adopted by any congregation seeking to embody God's mission in the world. An important emphasis of the book is that mission is not simply the work of women and men bringing the gospel to faraway places. Rather, it is the character of the church in whatever context it exists. The authors therefore call for a renewed focus on engaging an American culture that is today dominantly secular in orientation."

  • Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Guder, 1998)

    Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Guder, 1998)

    What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.

    The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so.

    The authors examine North America’s secular culture and the church’s loss of dominance in today’s society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church’s missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.