Student Power in World Missions, by David M. Howard, in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, 4th Ed., Used by Permission.  In this article, David Howard shows that students have provided the passion and fuel in each of the three eras of missions. He illustrates the importance of reaching today's students who are in a position to give their lives to His work.   (PDF)

Section 2 - Historical

{Bible Studies}

GOD'S HEART FOR THE NATIONS, 2nd Ed., by Jeff Lewis. God's Heart for the Nations rips apart the old, traditional understandings of God's plan and purpose for our lives. In eight lessons, Jeff Lewis lays bare the heart and mind of God as he combines powerful Bible passages with challenging and provocative questions. Each lesson is followed by a time of meditation and a focus on an unreached people group. If you really knew the heart and mind of God, would you dare to follow him?   (Amazon)

THE FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL CHURCH, by Patrick Johnstone. This book weaves together the strands of history, demographics and religion to present a breathtaking, full-color graphical and textual overview of the past, present and possible future of the church around the world. Johnstone focuses clearly on the unfinished task of world evangelization, with a special emphasis on the world's 12,000 people groups--especially those that have had least exposure to the gospel. This book examines trends that will have a major impact on the course of world events for a generation to come. How effective are you and your church or your organization as participants in His plan for the peoples of the world?   (Amazon)

The New Macedonia: A New Era in Mission Begins, by Ralph Winter.  This seminal paper was given at the first Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization in 1974. Dr. Winter's description of what he then called "hidden peoples" first generated pushback, but has since become the paradigm by which virtually all church-planting missions order their priorities.   (PDF)


FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA, 2nd Ed., by Ruth A. Tucker. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya helps readers understand the life and role of a missionary through real life examples of missionaries throughout history. We see these men and women as fallible and human in their failures as well as their successes. These great leaders of missions are presented as real people, and not super-saints. This second edition covers all 2,000 years of mission history with a special emphasis on the modern era, including chapters focused on the Muslim world, Third World missions, and a comparison of missions in Korea and Japan.   (Amazon)

The Spread of the Gospel (1:30). This animated video shows the growth of Christianity from 33-2015 AD, including retrenchments at the hands of Muslims, Mongols and Communists. Does not include other religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. 

LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD! 3rd Ed., by John Piper.  Let the Nations Be Glad! has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. This third edition has been expanded to include timely new material on the prosperity gospel.   (Amazon)

The Traveling Team is best known for presenting the biblical case for missions to university students. Its website also has a wealth of information, including something they call the “Go/Send Movement,” Missions Statisticsand Missions Resources Library with topics in the History of Missions and the State of the World

TheJoshua Project site is known first of all as an extensive database of information on people groups: where they are, what their population is, what language they speak, the extent to which they’re reached, etc. For many groups it includes descriptive information and prayer requests. The articles are also particularly recommended.  For example: What is a People Group? Has Everyone Heard? What is the 10/40 Window? and many others.

Biblical & Historical Resources

A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS, 2nd Ed., by Stephen Neill. A History of Christian Missions traces the expansion of Christianity from its origins in the Middle East to Rome, the rest of Europe and the colonial world, and assesses its position as a major religious force worldwide. Many of the world’s religions have not actively sought converts, largely because they have been too regional in character. Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, however, are the three chief exceptions to this, and Christianity in particular has found a home in almost every country in the world. Professor Stephen Neill’s comprehensive and authoritative survey examines centuries of missionary activity, beginning with Christ and working through the Crusades and the colonization of Asia and Africa up to the present day, concluding with a shrewd look ahead to what the future may hold for the Christian Church.   (Amazon)

Section 1 - Biblical

{The Task Today}

THE NEXT CHRISTENDOM: THE COMING OF GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Ed., by Philip Jenkins. In the Third Edition, Philip Jenkins continues to illuminate the remarkable expansion of Christianity in the global South--in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He asks how the new Christianity is likely to affect the poor, among whom it finds its most devoted adherents. How should we interpret the enormous success of prosperity churches across the Global South? Politically, what will be the impact of new Christian movements? Will Christianity contribute to liberating the poor, to give voices to the previously silent, or does it threaten only to bring new kinds of division and conflict? Does Christianity liberate women, or introduce new scriptural bases for subjection?   (Amazon)

THROUGH GOD'S EYES, 2nd Ed., by Patrick Cate.  This newly revised classic workbook features updated resources to help readers better understand the needs and growth of missions today. It also includes revised questions and suggestions for further reading for deeper reflection and understanding. Through God's Eyes is an invaluable resource for those seeking to investigate God's passion for His world. This study guide is designed to bring us into the Word personally, help us discover inductively what God is saying, and gain a better sense of His direction for our lives. Through God's Eyes can function as a personal Bible study, or as part of an introduction to missions or a biblical theology of missions course for a small group, Sunday school, college or seminary class.   (Link)

XPLORE is a seven lesson small-group discussion resource covering the basics of God's word, world, and work, helping students (or anyone!) gain a heart for the nations. - You'll visit God's World and learn about people groups that have never been reached with the Gospel. - You'll journey through God's Word and see His passion for His glory to be enjoyed by all peoples on earth. - You'll focus on how to participate in God's Work by Praying, Sending, Welcoming, Going, and Mobilizing.   (Amazon)

Four Men, Three Eras, by Ralph Winter.  This article describes the evolution of our concept of the missionary task through three eras of the modern missionary movement comprising the past 200 years.   (PDF)

GOD'S BOTTOM LINE, by Bob Sjogren.  This book describes the "Story of the Bible." It reflects God's heart to reveal His glory among every tongue, tribe and nation. It begins with a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 and ends with the fulfillment of the promise in Revelation 5. Everything in between is "One Story." This clearly means that we, the Church, have a job to do. Until you see this story--until you realize your role in this job--you will never completely understand God's purpose for your life.   (Amazon)

TELL OF HIS GLORY AMONG THE NATIONS, by Werner Mischke is a series of 13 free Bible studies available in both English and Spanish. Each study is one page—appropriate for a series of one-hour discussions. Through this study, you and your small group will discover the wide-ranging biblical basis for God’s global purpose to bless all the peoples of the earth.   (Link)

MISSION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, by Walter Kaiser. The author questions the notion that the New Testament represents a deviation from God's supposed intention to save only the Israelites. He argues that--contrary to popular opinion--the older Testament does not reinforce an exclusive redemptive plan. Instead, it emphasizes a common human condition and God's original and continuing concern for all humanity. Kaiser shows that the Israelites' mission was always to actively spread to gentiles the Good News of the promised Messiah. This new edition adds two new chapters, freshens material throughout, expands the bibliography, and includes study questions.   (Amazon)