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Missions : biblical foundations and contemporary strategies

Author: Gailyn Van Rheenen
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd editionView all editions and formats
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"In a rapidly changing world, the central missionary vision of the church must be constantly renewed, lest its foundations become lost in the confusion of change or its practices trapped in missionary models of the past." In this second edition of Missions, long-time missionary Gailyn Van Rheenen revises and updates his classic text on Christian missions, laying sound theological and strategic foundations for the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gailyn Van Rheenen
ISBN: 9780310252375 0310252377
OCLC Number: 149504190
Description: 514 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Monte Cox --
The biblical narrative of mission : entering God's story --
Spiritual awakenings for mission : reflecting God's glory --
Theological foundations of missions : developing a theology of mission --
The church : God's embodiment of mission --
Motives for missions : reasons for participating in God's mission --
Types of missionaries : the many faces of missionary ministry --
The missionary cycle : predeparture through reentry --
Epochs of the world Christian movement : the survival and growth of authentic Christianity through mission --
Becoming incarnational : illustrations of incarnational ministry --
Entering a new culture : learning to be learners where worldviews and customs are different --
Becoming multicultural : overcoming feelings of superiority --
The nature of cross-cultural communication : encoding and decoding God's eternal message --
The missional helix : developing practices for God's mission --
Creative strategies for planting, nurturing, and training : practical ways of implementing God's purposes --
Planting, nurturing, and training : an incarnational model for tribal Africa --
Planting, nurturing, and training : an incarnational model for North Africa --
Using money in missions : the good, the bad, and the ugly --
The benefits and challenges of short-term missions : how short-term ministry can have long-term impact --
Selecting areas for cross-cultural mission : intertwining factors --
Epilogue : Who are Jim and Julie?
Responsibility: Gailyn Van Rheenen, with Anthony Parker.

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"In a rapidly changing world, the central missionary vision of the church must be constantly renewed, lest its foundations become lost in the confusion of change or its practices trapped in missionary models of the past." In this second edition of Missions, long-time missionary Gailyn Van Rheenen revises and updates his classic text on Christian missions, laying sound theological and strategic foundations for the missionary of today and tomorrow. Van Rheenen helps renew the missionary vision by discussing areas such as: The history of Christian mission, and how it affects where we are today; Spiritual formation for God's mission; The missionary cycle; Cross-cultural communication; The character and calling of missionaries; Types of missionaries; Church maturation; Selecting mission fields; The role of money in missions; Four levels of involvement in missions. But Missions is more than blackboard theory. Written by a long-time missionary, it carries the conviction and insights of one who has lived his subject. Accessible to students, practitioners, and laypeople alike, Missions provides a primary go-to resource for understanding and becoming involved in the dynamic activity of world missions. - Publisher.

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