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Global Mission Handbook
By Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor
A practical guide on prGlobal Mission Handbookeparing for intercultural missions, with resources for personal spiritual preparation as well as cross-cultural skills and hands-on missionary-training. The process is outlined for finding actual placement with a sending church, mission agency or organization, with key questions to be asking along the way.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor

By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
When Helping HurtsNorth American churches and individual Christians often have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty — assumptions that many times lead to ministry strategies that do considerable harm to poor people as well as to themselves. When Helping Hurts addresses these assumptions and offers several principles and strategies for poverty alleviation.

Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence

By David Livermore
Serving with Eyes Wide OpenServing with Eyes Wide Open helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions. In three parts, author David A. Livermore will take a broad look at what the 21st century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it takes to adapt effectively to new cultural contexts. Perfect for all who engage in short-term missions trips, either at home or abroad.

Short-Term Missions: Doing it Right!

Edited by Robert Priest, LAM missionary Greg Burch contributor
Effective Engagement in Short-Term MissionThe authors explore topics such as the links between short-term missions and older patterns of long-term missions; engagement with people of other cultures; international partnerships; specialized ministries such as medical missions; legal and financial liabilities; and the impact of STM on participants. The goal of this book is to improve the ways in which STM is carried out and to improve the understandings needed on the part of all who engage in the ministry.

Understanding the Challenge of Integral Mission in Light of Micah 6:8 (PDF)
By Steve R. Johnson, President of LAM
A must read for missionaries, churches and ministries alike in order to understand the concept of Integral Mission and LAM’s approach to the Great Commission.

On Sending and Supporting Churches (PDF)
A brief definition to give clarity on the two primary category and roles of churches involved in sending and maintaining missionaries on the field.

The Art of Coming Home

By Craig Storti
The Art of Coming HomeGives advice on how to reduce stress during transition. Craig Storti discusses the process of returning home after spending time abroad with four stages of reentry: leave taking, the honeymoon, reverse culture shock, and readjustment. He addresses what to expect at each phase, and then concludes with practical suggestions for a successful return. Storti examines reentry issues for spouses, teenagers, and young children, and offers both individuals and their children advice for dealing with reentry before and after departure from overseas.

Re-Entry: Making the Transition from Mission to Life at Home

By Peter Jordan
Re-EntryPeter Jordan helps the reader to consider and to face issues of “re-entry” after being involved in missions.


Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World
By Bob Briner
Roaring LambsChristians need to infiltrate and make an impact with their faith at work or wherever. Briner writes from personal experience as an Emmy Award-winning television producer and offers “work world” strategies anyone can use.

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative
By Christopher J.H. Wright
The Mission of God
Wright guides readers on the mission of God by formulating mission hermeneutic and laying the groundwork for mission with three discussions: God of Mission, who God redeems and their continuing mission, and opening eyes to the arena for God’s mission.

Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission

By David Bosch
Transforming Mission ParadigmBosch introduces Christian mission and guides readers in three parts. He first addresses the New Testament Models of Mission. Then he goes into historical interpretations of mission by forming them into six major paradigms Primitive (biblical), Hellenistic, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Enlightenment, and Emerging/Ecumenical. Then Bosch concludes with discussions that contributes to the last paradigm mentioned.

The Story of Christianity

By Dr. Justo Gonzalez
The Story of ChristianityIn Volume 1, the author writes about the lives of prominent figures by discussing core theological issues that developed throughout Christian history. In Volume 2, the author evaluates the growth of Christianity.


Mission in the Twenty-First Century: Getting Your Church into the Game
By Tom Telford
Missions in the 21st CenturyIn this intriguing and challenging book, Tom Telford analyzes the state of world missions today and discusses the mistakes most American mission agencies and local churches make. He offers solid suggestions for missions in the 21st century.


Today’s All-Star Missions Churches: Strategies to Help Your Church Get Into the Game
By Tom Telford
Today's All-Star Missions ChurchesTelford’s book uses case studies from churches representing a variety of denominations, sizes, and locations. From the detailed descriptions of the churches’ missions history, vision, and programming, readers will glean practical ideas for starting or strengthening mission programs in local churches.

Understanding Culture and Cross-Cultural Ministry

Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships
By Mayers and Lingenfelter
Jesus needed to learn and understand the culture in which He lived before He could undertake his public ministry. The authors examine how this can help us better understand what it means to establish relationships of grace with those from different cultural and social backgrounds.

Various Cross-Cultural Books
By Duane Elmer
The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is offend people in other cultures through avoidable ignorance. Unfortunately, all too often our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service? Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives North American Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility:

Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot And Cold Climate Cultures
By Sarah Lanier
Sarah Lanier seeks to aid the reader in cross-cultural communication and relationships. Foreign to Familiar is a splendidly written, well researched work on cultures. Lanier’s love and sensitivity for people of all nations will touch your heart. This book creates within us a greater understanding for our extended families around the world and an increased desire to better serve them.

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity

By Soong-Chan Rah
Soong-Chan Rah challenges the North American church to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. The writer calls for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the 21st century. The author encourages readers to discover the growing need of the next evangelicalism.

Hispanic Realities Impacting America: Implications for Evangelism & Missions

By Daniel R. Sanchez
The author shares ten realities that are impacting America in regards to Hispanic populations. This book encourages readers to evangelize to Hispanics with open eyes to the challenge of the growing dominance of Hispanics and Koreans in US Evangelicalism.

The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone

By Samuel Escobar
After providing an introduction to Christian missions today by evaluating our globalized world and the context of a changing mission field, he considers how God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are at work around the world, and what this implies on how Christians should do global mission.

Changing Tides: Latin America and World Mission Today

By Samuel Escobar
Samuel explains the history of Christianity in Latin America and gives suggestions for Latin American missioners in world mission.

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible

By M. Daniel Carroll R
The Guatemalan American author provides biblical and ethical guidance for readers who are looking for a Christian perspective on the immigration issue.

The Mission of God in Latin America

By Ricardo Gomez
This is a study of the sociopolitical, economic, environmental and spiritual reality of Latin America and the response of the Christian church. The purpose is to provide a paradigm for integral mission that enables the Latin American church to embody missio Dei.

Understanding “Partnerships” in Ministry

Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope through Kingdom Partnerships
By Phil Butler
This book gives us practical tools for building transformational partnerships.
 Jesus’s words in John 17 represent one of the church’s highest values: “May they all be one as you and I, Father, are one.” Yet divisions occur from the highest levels of the church to street-level projects, often neutralizing effectiveness and undercutting the credibility of Jesus’s message. Well Connected helps us move towards the Kingdom Goal expressed in John 17 by providing solid grounding in the principles of partnership, abundant case histories, and empowering “how to” suggestions for lay person and ministry leader alike.

Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising

By Pete Sommer
This book affirms that God uses the Christian community to send us into ministry and clarifies the process of raising support by offering biblical perspective, how to assemble tools for raising support, introduces four predictors of church support, explains why people do/don’t give, and so forth

Recommended Websites

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U.S. Center for World Mission
The U. S. Center for World Mission (USCWM) is a mission agency that helps to improve strategic decision-making and practice on the frontiers of mission, surmounting the barriers that hinder God’s Kingdom from coming among all peoples. This focus is reflected in the USCWM’s many publications, programs, and projects.

Perspectives Course on the World Christian Movement
North American churches can host this class or send their members to one in their area for mission-training. “Perspectives has been essential in mobilizing hundreds of lay people in our church to be World Christians.” – John Piper

The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization
The Lausanne Movement strives to be a catalyst for new partnerships and strategic partnerships among like-minded missional Christians who pray, plan and work together on global evangelization.

Educational Concerns For Hunger Organization (ECHO)
A non-profit organization with the vision of “Honoring God through Sustainable Hunger Solutions.” Their webpage contains information on small farm tropical agriculture with the goal of providing easy access to documents and other information for those who are working in agricultural development. Their webpage and their training programs (located in Ft. Myers, FL) are excellent resources to anyone (groups or individuals) desiring to educate themselves and make an impact via sustainable agriculture.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ)
Published by EMIS (Evangelism and Missions Information Service, a division of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, IL.),
EMQ explores key topics in world missions today. EMQ writers are veteran missionaries and mission leaders who bring years of experience to the table as they research, reflect and write on select issues.

International Bulletin of Missionary Research
With in-depth analyses of worldwide Christianity and mission-focused book reviews, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is an excellent source of information on the World Church in mission.

Hispanic Leadership

Justo Gonzalez gives a message on Hispanic leadership by introducing the jurisdictional conferences in preparation for the National Hispanic/Latino(a) Leadership Consultation and expressing hope for the future. Although he is speaking specifically to the US Methodist church, his message is relevant to all US churches.

Other Helpful Websites

U.S. State Department Travel Page–Visa requirements, travel warnings, etc.

Centers for Disease Control Recommended immunizations, health warnings, etc.

Interactive world atlas with basic information on all countries

Operation World–Rich resource for missions focused prayer and quick reference understanding of the spiritual climate of every country on earth.

World time zone help

Telephone calling codes for various countries

Easy Currency Converter

Helpful tool for metric and other conversions

The Scripture you need in the language and version you need

General Resources

Expatriate Information Desk:
A very useful collection of information for expatriates. The materials assist in life abroad including helpful suggestions for tax issues, regional discussion groups, and general advice.

Gospel Translations:
Gospel Translations is a project to make Gospel-centered books and articles freely accessible in as many languages as possible. They have an uncommon amount of downloadable resources in Spanish and multiple other languages.