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Global Mission Handbook: A Guide for Crosscultural Service Paperback – August 26, 2009
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"Veteran mission scholars Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor offer a practical handbook for preparing for intercultural missions. They and a team of expert contributors provide resources for personal spiritual preparation as well as cross cultural skills and hands-on missionary training." (Missiology, January 2010)
"Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor have won the respect and affection of Christians in the Majority World because of their faithful and effective service to us over a long period of time. I am happy that they have enlisted a superb team to produce a helpful book that will truly serve those thinking of global involvement in mission." (Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ Sri Lanka)
"Don't look here for a scripted, mapped-out program of how to become a standard-issue missionary. It's packed with practicalities, helping you discover your distinctive part in God's mission. The stories of how others have been finding their way in God's mission means that you are no longer alone in figuring out your own journey. Essential equipment for anyone coaching others to live effectively for God's purposes." (Steve Hawthorne, coeditor, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement)
"This book is a unique and special selection of essays and exhortation for anyone interested in global missions. I am amazed at the huge list of contributors, and many of them I know as people who walk the talk. I strongly recommend this book." (George Verwer, founder and international director, Operation Mobilisation)
"God is still calling people to serve as missionaries, but this process can be confusing and even intimidating. The Global Mission Handbook demystifies the call to missions while capably exploring and unpacking its spiritual essence. With sound practical advice and profound insight from a wealth of global voices, I can think of no better preparatory resource for those considering service in the fields that still remain white unto harvest." (Jason Mandryk, editor, Operation World)
"It's with great delight that I commend to any pastor, organizational leader or trainer, missionary candidate, or missions executive the book Global Mission Handbook. The authors--Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor--are among the most experienced, respected and beloved missions practitioners of our generation, and they truly provide a serious, comprehensive guide for crosscultural service. The handbook divides the missionary preparation process into ten phases to guide the missionary-hopeful through the rigors of the many steps to the field. Nothing like this handbook exists to date, and it fills a huge hole in the missionary training process for churches, schools and agencies alike. It is my prayer that thousands of copies are used in the coming years to guide the next generation preparing for missionary service to honor God with their lives." (Dr. Monroe Brewer, president, The National Association of Missions Pastors, and director of Church Connections, CrossGlobal Link, Wheaton, Illinois)
"Do you want go somewhere and do something that counts for God? If so, this book will help you count the cost and weigh your options. It's practical, it's wise, and it's passionate!" (Floyd McClung, All Nations, Cape Town, South Africa)
"There is no other resource equal to the Global Mission Handbook. The combination of topics, authors and approaches stands alone as a comprehensive compendium related to crosscultural action. Global Mission Handbook guides the reader through stages of preparation and involvement--all toward the goal of helping each reader investigate and discover the unique ways that we belong in serving the world in Jesus' name. I recommend it to every person who wants something larger out of life--a sense of understanding where we fit in God's global purposes." (Paul Borthwick, senior consultant, Development Associates International)
"This is not a book to be read in one sitting; it is richly and profoundly more. It brings innumerable specialists together, producing what in my opinion has never previously been written. It is a comprehensive reference guide for those who seek global service for Christ. Spectacular!" (Ralph D. Winter, general director, Frontier Mission Fellowship)
"We want the world to know Jesus, but how? Here's a book to show the way. It sparkles, it encourages, it informs, and it makes the steps to get there not so impossible to take. You can make a difference, and this book can be a pivotal part!" (Patrick Johnstone, author, Operation World)
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material on various aspects of considering international missionary work.
On another, I found it often difficult to get through.
Part of it is that, I realize that I just don't like books that are in a
short article format--it feels like more of a personality thing than
anything else. I prefer things that are going to carry more of an
on-going theme or subject matter to great depth. At the same time, it
feels like individual articles are easier to pass on to others than a
whole book. However, given the abundance of articles in this book, I
feel like it's less likely that I'll remember an individual article when
the appropriate occasion arises. There definitely were individual pieces
that I found inspiring or could imagine being useful, I just don't know
that I'll keep track of them to come back to.
Another reason that I'm torn about it is that while it gives
non-traditional missionary types some room to apply this book to their
lives, it feels like there's a clear push toward missionaries who are
focused on evangelistic church-planting to unreached peoples. At points
in the book, there's some suggestion that some readers might have skills
or gifts that might point them toward a variety of missionary roles.
However, in the worksheet for the 'ministry role and assignment' chapter,
the first question is 'do you know some missionaries who are attempting
to reach an unreached people group?' Somewhere late in the book it's
acknowledged to some degree that the authors have strong personal
convictions about the need for this particular type of ministry.Read more ›
The outline of the book is as follows:
Beginning Your Journey to the Nations: A Personal Fitness Assessment
Introduction: What Does It Take to Be Prepared?
Phase One: Getting Ready
1. Personal Spiritual Formation
2. Discovering Your Ministry Identity in the Body of Christ
3. Exposure to Other Cultures
4. Critical Issues in Schooling and Support Raising
Phase Two: Getting There
5. Church and Agency Connecting and Courting
6. Ministry Role and Assignment Search
7. Hands-On Missionary Training
Phase Three: Getting Established
8. Apprenticeships and Interships
9. Lifelong Learning
10. Finishing Strong and Well
I have read through this book numerous times and facilitated more than 20 small groups with people interested in becoming cross-cultural workers. It is an amazing tool that brings you back to basics, broaden your worldview on the realities you are to face as a cross-cultural worker, and helping you to develop a plan and strategy to get where you want to be.
I personally know both the editors/authors and this book is a solid reflection of their devotion to the call of God on their lives.
A must read for anyone thinking of becoming a witness in a cross-cultural setting...