With so many books coming their way, most pastors are not likely to read a book on missions. That’s why we’ve started a list of great articles, many of which are written by pastors, that can be regularly (monthly?) passed along or emailed as a link to your pastor … but get his permission first!
MOST RECENT ARTICLE:
GLOBAL MISSIONS IN NEW CHURCH STARTS: DISTRACTION, DIVERSION, OR DIRECTLY ON TARGET?, by Milfred Minitrea
LEADING A CHURCH INTO MISSION, by Kevin Colon
Insights into a pastors’ decade of experience.
USING YOUR CHURCH’S GLOBAL DNA
Seven churches share how they use their unique traits.
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON MOBILIZING THE LOCAL CHURCH , by Larry Reesor
The director of Global Focus lets us in on what he has learned while mobilizing the local church.
THE LOCAL CHURCH’S ROLE IN WORLD MISSION, by Larry Reesor.
In this article Larry expands on what he began in the above article, “A Fresh Perspective…”
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH WILL IT TAKE? by Larry Reesor
Part three in the above series, Larry helps churches to know what it will take to be strategically involved in Christ’s global kingdom expansion.
A PASTOR WITH A PASSION FOR THE WORSHIP OF GOD BY ALL PEOPLES An Interview with John Piper.
For over 17 years John Piper has been the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis Minnesota. His tenure as pastor has been a spiritual and missiological journey in his understanding of the supremacy of God and His global kingdom. The vision that he has shared in his books is helping to establish a God-centered passion for reaching the unreached peoples.
THERE IS NO GREATER SATISFACTION by John Piper
This classic message from 1991 presents a better reason for missions than simply duty. Piper argues that love is a better motivation.
THE SUPREMECY OF GOD AMONG ALL THE NATIONS by John Piper
Here is an eloquent plea (extracted from Chapter 5 of Piper’s classic, Let the Nations Be Glad!) for the Church to catch a God-centered Biblical-based vision in order to fully engage in world evangelization to every tribe, people, tongue and nation.
THE SENDING CHURCH (Urbana 81) by Gordon MacDonald
No burden weighs heavier on my heart as a Christian pastor in these days than to help convince as many of you as possible of the importance of being part of a congregation that sends. And I suspect this message is relevant to every Christian. If we are part of a sending congregation, we will be called either to go out to plant sending congregations or to stay behind to release others to go. If we want to walk in the way of Christ, there are no other alternatives.
PRAYER THE WORK OF MISSIONS by John Piper
Another Piper classic, this time on prayer, presented at an ACMC National Conference. One of the most requested tapes in ACMC’s history.
A PASSION FOR THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST – WHERE HE IS NOT NAMED by John Piper.
This sermon is packed with the driving convictions behind missions at Bethlehem Baptist.
WE CHANGED OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT MISSIONARIES by Dr. Robert L. Alderman
Why do we preach missions as a priority and respond to mission needs and opportunities as options, attachments, and often as distractions? Does the way in which the local church responds to the world missions mandate lack credibility? A thought provoking, must-read article for pastors and missions leaders.
THE SENDER LOCAL CHURCH AND MISSION AGENCY—WHAT IS THE BEST RELATIONSHIP? by Jack Chapin
“We don’t need you any more,” a friend from Bible School days asserted. And he went on to say that mission agencies were unbiblical and unwarranted anachronisms from the past. There are few isues more critical today than the interrelationship of churches and mission agencies. This article provides some important lessons on how they can both work together to reach the world more effectively.
THINKING GLOBAL, by Daniel Henderson.
When the pastor becomes a missions force, the whole church is affected.
FAITH PROMISE: A BIBLICALLY-BASED INSTRUMENT FOR MISSION VISION THAT WORKS by Rev. Donald Jensen
There are three great truths about God: 1) God loves the world. 2) God has unlimited resources to reach the world. 3) God channels these resources through His own people. One of God’s favorite ways to channel His resources is the “Faith Promise Offering” which is a modern way to describe the way churches in the New Testament gave to help people in distant places. (Read more)
BUILDING THE CHURCH, by David Mays
In this arresting, “what if” scenario, David turns the table and wonders what would happen to church building programs if they were carried out with the same concern and care that missionaries are given.
MISSION COMMITTEES: THE CRUCIAL LINK IN WORLD EVANGELISM, Journal of Applied Missiology April 1994 by Ed Mathews
The church is like a chain. It can do its job because it has many links. Members of the body are linked together by faith in the One who empowers each of them. The mission committee is a crucial link in world evangelism. However, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. How strong, then, are mission committees in the churches of Christ?
MISSIONS ARTICLES BY PASTORS
MISSIONS, ORALITY AND THE BIBLE , by John Piper
Thoughts on Pre-, Less-, and Post-literate Cultures
EVERY STONE COUNTS by Jeff Fountain
A well written illustration—using a recent (Oct. 2004) attempt to break the Guiness Book of World Records in the number of dominoes toppled—relates to how each believer is a critical link to seeing the Gospel proclaimed to ends of the earth.
THE EFFECTS OF GLOBALIZATION: COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS by Justin Long
Joe Smith wonders why he can’t find a good job in America, but forgets all of his blessings. Great statistics.
COURSES FOR PASTORS
PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
This amazing 15-week course has been condensed into one week (with some previous preparatory reading), so that pastors and church leaders can access Perspectives in a time frame suitable to their busy schedules. For more details on Perspectives click here. To find upcoming intensive classes, click here. Also, for those who would like to do the study in the convenience of their own time frame, you can purchase the Perspectives Reader and Study Guide by clicking here.