Recommended Books


The following books have generally been ones I recommend as useful in the work of missions.

Introductory Texts
Introducing World Missions – Moreau et al.

CPM/DMM Case Studies/Methodologies/Descriptions
Garrison, David. Church Planting Movements.
Garrison, David. A Wind in the House of Islam – mostly case studies
Smith, Steve. T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution – both case study and methodology
Moran, Roy. Spent Matches: igniting the signal fire for the spiritually dissatisfied.
Robertson, Pat & David Watson. The Father Glorified: True Stories of God’s power through Ordinary People.
Trousdale, Jerry. Miraculous Movements. Mostly case studies from North Africa
Watson, Paul & David Watson. Contagious Disciple Making. Mostly methodology.

History of Missions and Church Growth
Bednarowski, Mary Farrell (ed.), Twentieth-century Global Christianity (A People’s History of Christianity, Vol. 7) (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008). Clouse, Robert G., Richard V. Pierard and Edwin M. Yamauchi, Two Kingdoms: The Church and Culture through the Ages (Chicago: Moody Press, 1993).
Dowley, Tim (ed.), Introduction to the History of Christianity (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1995).
Hastings, Adrian (ed.), A World History of Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999).
Herring, George, Introduction to the History of Christianity (New York: New York University Press, 2006).
Hylson-Smith, Kenneth, To the Ends of the Earth: The Globalization of Christianity (London: Paternoster, 2007).
Irvin, Dale T. and Scott W. Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement, Vol. 1: Earliest History to 1453 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001).
Jenkins, Philip, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).
Koschorke, Klaus, Frider Ludwig and Mariano Delgado, A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450–1990 (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007).
Latourette, Kenneth S., A History of Christianity, Volume 1, Volume 2 (New York: Harper and Row, 1953).
Latourette, Kenneth S., Christianity in a Revolutionary Age: A History of Christianity in the 19th and 20th Centuries (New York: Harper, 1963).
Latourette, Kenneth S., Christianity Through the Ages (New York: Harper and Row, 1965).
Marty, Martin, The Christian World: A Global History (New York: The Random House Publishing Group, 2007).
McLeod, Hugh (ed.), The Cambridge History of Christianity: World Christianities c. 1914–c. 2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Moffett, Samuel Hugh, A History of Christianity in Asia, Volume 1, Volume 2 (New York: Harper-Collins, 1991).
Mullin, Robert Bruce, A Short World History of Christianity (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).Neill, Stephen C., A History of Christian Missions (The Pelican History of the Church, Vol. 6) (New York: Penguin Books, 1964).
Partner, Peter and Melvyn Bragg, Two Thousand Years, The Second Millennium: From Medieval Christendom to Global Christianity (London: Granada Media, 1999).
Stanley, Brian, The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910 (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009).
Yates, Timothy, The Expansion of Christianity (Oxford: Lion Publishing, 2004).
400s – How the Irish saved civilization – the Celtic missionary movement
Early – A History of Christianity in India: Beginnings to AD 1707 – Stephen Neill
Early – A History of Christianity in Asia: Beginnings to 1500 – Samuel Moffett
1500s – A History of Christianity in Asia: 1500-1900 – Samuel Moffett
1700s – A History of Christianity in India: 1707-1858 – Stephen Neill

Church Growth Methodology Books
Allen, Roland. Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?
Allen, Roland. The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church.

Culture, Cultural Anthropology
Georges, Jayson. The 3D Gospel: ministry in guilt, shame and fear cultures.
Georges, Jayson & Mark Baker. Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials. IVP Academic, 2016.
Bevans, Stephen B. Models of Contextual Theology (Faith and Cultures Series). New York: Orbis Books, *
Bosch, David Transforming Mission – Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.
Geertz, Clifford.  The Religion of Java. 1980.
Geisler, Norman & William Watkins. Worlds Apart: A Handbook on World Views (2nd edition); Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989.
Hall, Edward, Beyond Culture. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1981.
Hall, Edward. The Silent Language. Anchor Books, 1973.
Hall, Patty, A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures: Making Friends in a Multicultural World, IVP Books, 2002.
Hawthorne, Gerald, Ralph Martin, Daniel Reid. Dictionary of Paul and His LettersIVP Academic, 1993.
Hesselgrave, David J. Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally.  Zondervan, 1991.
Hiebert, Paul G., Anthropological Insights for Missionaries. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008.
Hiebert, Paul G., Anthropological Reflections on Missiological Issues. Baker Academic, 1994.
Hiebert, Paul G., Cultural AnthropologyGrand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1983.
Hiebert, Paul G., The Gospel in Human Contexts: Anthropological Explorations for Contemporary Missions.Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
Hiebert, Paul G., Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008.
Hofstede, Geert, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. McGraw-Hill Education, 1994.
Hyde, Steve, Kingdom Invasion: Invading the Earth with the Kingdom of God-Planting Churches Among Rural Peoples. Words of Life Ministries, Cambodia. 2013.  NADA
Kearney, Michael. World View, Novato, CA: Chandler & Sharp Publishers, 1984.
Keller, Timothy.  Center Church. (See his section on “city” but understand it as applying to all cultures.)
Kraft, Charles H., Anthropology for Christian Witness. Orbis Books, 1997
Kraft, Charles H.  Christianity in Culture: A Study in Dynamic Biblical Theologizing in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveNew York:Orbis Books, 2005.
Kraft, Charles H. Communication Theory for Christian Witness. New York: Orbis Books; Rev Sub edition, 1991.
Lingenfelter, Sherwood. Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships, Baker Academic, 2003.
Lingenfelter, Sherwood, Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission. Grand Rapids, MI; Baker Books, 1998.
Ott and Wilson. Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication. Baker Books.
Luzbetak, Louis J., The Church and Cultures—New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology. Maryknoll, NY, USA: Orbis Books, 2002.
McGavern, Donald.  Understanding Church Growth. Eerdmans, 1970.
Moreau, A. Scott, Evvy Hay Campbell, & Susan Greener, Effective Intercultural Communication. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
Naugle, David. Worldview: The History of a ConceptGrand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002.
Niebuhr, H. Richard. Christ and Culture, New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
O’Donovan, Wilbur. Biblical Christianity in Modern Africa, Authentic Media, 2012.
Sire, James W. The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, 5th ed.; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.
Smith, Gordon T. Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation. Baker Academic, 2010
Taylor, William D., ed., Global Missiology for the 21st Century: The Iguassu Dialogue, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2000.
Tennent, Timothy. Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-First Century. Kregel Academic, 2010.
Trompenaars, Fons & Hampton, Turner. Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business. 1998. (Similar to Hofstede’s research—also a secular source.)

Dependency Issues
Johnson. We are not the hero: a missionary’s guide to sharing Christ, not a culture of dependency. Deep River Books, 2012.
Reese. Roots and Remedies of the Dependency Syndrome in World Missions. William Carey Library, 2010.

Diaspora, Migrant Peoples, Refugees
Johnstone & Merrill. Serving God in a Migrant Crisis. GMI, 2016.
Payne, J. D. Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission. 2012.
Looney, Jared. Crossroads of the Nations: Diaspora, Globalization and Evangelism (vol. 1). 2015.
Tira, Joy. Scattered to Gather. PDF.
Wan, Enoch. Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology, and Practice. Compendium. 2012.
Wan, Enoch. Diaspora Missiology (EMS 23): Reflections on Reaching the Scattered Peoples of the World. 2015.

Future, Futuristics, Trends, Changing Times
Moore, Steve. While you were micro-sleeping.
Payne, J. D. Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the face of the Church.
Pocock, Michael, et al. The changing face of world missions: engaging contemporary issues and trends.
Sills, M. David. Changing World, Changing Mission
Johnstone, Patrick. The Future of the Global Church: History, trends and possibilities. 2014.

World Christianity
Adair, James R., Introducing Christianity (New York: Routledge, 2008).
Anderson, Gerald H. (ed.), Biographical Dictionary of Christian Mission (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998).
Barrett, David B. (ed.), World Christian Encyclopedia (Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 1982).
Barrett, David B., George T. Kurian and Todd M. Johnson (eds), World Christian Encyclopedia, 2nd edn, 2 vols (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
Barrett, David B. and Todd M. Johnson (eds), World Christian Trends (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2001).
Bonk, Jonathan (ed.), Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007).
Bowden, John (ed.), Encyclopedia of Christianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Bowden, John, Margaret Lydamore and Hugh Bowden, A Chronology of World Christianity (London: Continuum, 2007).
Brierley, Peter and Heather Wraight (eds), Atlas of World Christianity (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing, 1998).
Bühlmann, Walbert, The Coming of the Third Church: An Analysis of the Present and Future of the Church, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1977).
Cragg, Kenneth, Christianity in World Perspective (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968).
Cross, F. L. and E. A. Livingstone (eds), The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
Davies, Noel A. and Martin Conway (eds), World Christianity in the 20th Century (London: SCM Press, 2008).
Fahlbusch, Erwin, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan and Lukas Vischer (eds), The Encyclopedia of Christianity, 5 vols. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999).
Gallagher, Robert L. and Paul Hertig (eds), Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009).
Gilley, Sheridan and Brian Stanley (eds), The Cambridge History of Christianity: World Christianities c.1815–c.1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Hanciles, Jehu J., Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration, and the Transformation of the West (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008).
Jenkins, Philip, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Johnson, Todd M. (ed.), World Christian Database, www.worldchristiandatabase.org (Leiden: Brill, 2007).
Mandryk, Jason. Operation World. 7th edition.
Jongeneel, Jan A. B., Missiologie (Missiology; in Dutch), 2 vols (‘s-Gravenhage: Uitgeverij Boekencentrum B. V., 1991).
Jongeneel, Jan A. B., Philosophy, Science, and Theology of Mission in the 19th and 20th Centuries: A Missiological Encyclopedia (Frankfurt am Main: Peter
Lang Publishing Group, 2002).
Juergensmeyer, Mark (ed.), Global Religions: An Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Kalu, Obgu U. and Alaine Low (eds), Interpreting Contemporary Christianity: Global Processes and Local Identities (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008).
Kim, Sebastian and Kirsteen Kim, Christianity as a World Religion (London: Continuum, 2008).
Muller, Karl, Theo Sundermeier, Stephen B. Bevans and Richard H. Bliese (eds), Dictionary of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997).
Noll, Mark A.,The New Shape of World Christianity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009).
Ott, Craig and Harold A. Netland (eds), Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006).
Pelikan, Jaroslav, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, 5 vols (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989).
Pirouet, Louise, Christianity Worldwide (London: SPCK Publishing, 1989).
Robert, Dana, Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
Sanneh, Lamin, Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003).
Sanneh, Lamin, Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
Sanneh, Lamin and Joel A. Carpenter (eds), The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West, and the World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
Smith, David, Mission after Christendom (London: Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, 2003).
Stark, Rodney and Roger Finke, Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000).
Taylor, William D. (ed.), Global Missiology for the 21st Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2000).
Tennent, Timothy C., Theology in the Context of World Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007).
Thomas, Norman E., Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995).
Van Beek, Huibert, A Handbook of Churches and Councils (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2006).
Van Dusen, Henry P., World Christianity: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (New York: Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1947).
Verstraelen, F. J., A. Camps, L. A. Hoedemaker and M. R. Spindler (eds), Missiology: An Ecumenical Introduction: Texts and Contexts of Global Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995).
Walls, Andrew F., The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of the Faith (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1996).
Walls, Andrew F., The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002).
Wijsen, Frans and Robert Schreiter (eds), Global Christianity: Contested Claims (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007).
Winter, Ralph D. and Steven C. Hawthorne (eds), Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2013).
Woodhead, Linda, An Introduction to Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Yates, Timothy, Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

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