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"The world has not only shrunk; it has become energetic and mobile. It might be a tad clichéd to say it, but the world is now on our doorstep, which requires us to take the gospel seriously and devise a mission strategy to reach, train, partner and resource our global neighbors as they return to their homes with the gospel. J. D. Payne has presented us with the gospel imperative to take responsibility for those from all over the world who are among us. Some books impress you with their fresh insight, while others hit you with a clear and compelling statement of the obvious. This book does the latter, and it does it very well indeed." (Steve Timmis, Director for Acts 29 Western Europe)

"Many in our society--and even within our churches--see immigration as a threat or an invasion, but J. D. Payne challenges us to see immigration as Scripture does: as a missional opportunity. Many immigrants bring a vibrant faith with them to their new country, breathing new life into local churches, but others do not yet know the hope of a transformational relationship with Jesus. If we have the eyes to see it, immigration presents an opportunity to 'make disciples of all nations' without even leaving our zip codes, and Strangers Next Door serves as an informative and practical guide." (Matthew Soerens, U.S. church training specialist at World Relief and coauthor of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate)

"Strangers Next Door is a candid admission that a strategic frontier of world missions in the 21st century has returned to the home front. This book will charm readers with heart-rending anecdotes, relevant surveys and the author's insightful analysis of the realities in the changing landscape of missions within the borders of the Western world. This is perhaps J. D. Payne's most fascinating, coherent and convincing work on diaspora missiology to date!" (Tereso C. Casiño, professor of missiology and intercultural studies, School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University, and executive chair, North America Diaspora Educators Forum (Global Diaspora Network))

"By reading this book of J. D. Payne's, you will be informed of the opportunities created by global migration and inspired by the real-life stories and case studies of how seemingly ordinary folks can participate in the Great Commission by implementing his proposed action plan--reaching out to new neighbors in the West from abroad with the gospel, then partnering with them in kingdom efforts. This is a practical guide for Christians who embrace the vision of global mission and engage in local action." (Enoch Wan, president, Evangelical Missiological Society, and director, Institute of Diaspora Studies, Western Seminary)

"J. D. Payne has provided an excellent resource for the church in the West to be involved with 'missions at its doorstep.' Scholarly yet written in a very approachable style, full of interesting and illustrative stories, this book is a wonderful addition to the small but growing literature on 'diaspora missiology.' It merits wide reading by academics, church leaders and lay members of congregations alike." (Steven Ybarrola, professor of cultural anthropology, Asbury Theological Seminary)

"Strangers Next Door is informative, insightful, inspirational and instructional to mission researchers and practitioners; clergy and parishioners; and missiology professors and students. J. D. Payne presents us with a great contribution to the fast-emerging diaspora missiology discourse. It summons the global church to action!" (Sadiri Joy Tira, senior associate for diasporas, The Lausanne Movement, and vice president for diaspora missions, Advancing Indigenous Missions)

"A wide-eyed look at one of most strategic missiological opportunities for the church today. I was encouraged by Payne's presentation of the possibilities and convicted by our failure to thus far capitalize on them. What if the leaders for the completion of the Great Commission were right now 'visitors' in our cities?" (J. D. Greear, author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary and Breaking the Islam Code)

"It is shocking how negligent the Western church has been in reaching the peoples of the world that God has brought to us--especially compared to how active we have been in leaving our countries to go to them! Strangers Next Door clearly depicts the opportunity before us, and most excitingly, shares great stories of those already having a global impact by reaching the 'stranger next door.'" (Chris Clayman, church-planting catalyst, North American Mission Board; team leader, Global Gates; and author, ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York)

"The author summons an urgent invitation to Christians and the church in the West to live missionally now! Both the statistical information of the migration of global strangers and the biblical inspiration of the sovereign God's orchestration for kingdom expansion are convincing and compelling for us to seize the amazing harvest opportunities in our neighborhoods." (T. V. Thomas, chair, Ethnic America Network (EAN))

"With an eye toward Scripture, J. D. Payne has helpfully narrated the history and present reality of 'peoples on the move.' Yet he takes the conversation one necessary step further and offers practical advice for Western Christians to welcome the nations and effectively reach the ends of the earth in their Jerusalem." (Edward Smither, professor of intercultural studies, Columbia International University)

"J. D. Payne is at it again with another perceptive and prophetic call to the Great Commission community! With the perfect blend of Scripture, stories and strategies, this book turns us toward our global diaspora future. Read it with careful attention to what the sovereign God is doing in our time--and with a commitment to be in step with his work in the world." (Grant McClung, president, Missions Resource Group)

About the Author

J. D. Payne (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the pastor of church multiplication for The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He has pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana and served as a seminary professor for a decade. The author of several books and articles, Payne also serves as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal. He is a National Missionary with North American Mission Board and holds memberships in the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Missiological Society, and the Great Commission Research Network. He and his wife Sarah and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0830857583
  • Publisher: IVP Books (August 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G00CG2
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J. D. serves as the pastor of church multiplication with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to moving to Birmingham, J. D. was a National Missionary with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and an Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism in the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.

After completing his doctoral studies at the age of twenty-seven, he was invited to serve with the seminary, making him one of the youngest professors in the history of the school. Prior to his arrival at Southern, he taught as an Adjunct Professor at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds memberships in the Evangelical Missiological Society and Great Commission Research Network.

J. D. is originally from Corbin, Kentucky, and came to faith in Jesus as a teenager. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, he later completed a Master of Divinity degree in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has served as a pastor of five churches in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked with four church planting teams. Over the years he has also served as a coach and mentor to numerous church planters. Rather than seeing himself as the "Apostle Paul-type," he best describes himself as a "Barnabas" to church planters and pastors. His desire is to minister alongside of others in order to see them equipped to become all that God desires for them as they multiply disciples, leaders, and churches.

Over the years, he has written numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews in the area of missions and evangelism and church growth.

J. D. is the author of several books:

Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel (InterVarsity Press)

The Barnabas Factors: Eight Essential Practices of Church Planting Team Members (CreateSpace)

Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting (InterVarsity Press)

Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions (InterVarsity Press)

Roland Allen: Pioneer of Spontaneous Expansion (CreateSpace)

Kingdom Expressions: Trends Influencing the Advancement of the Gospel (Thomas Nelson)

Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission (InterVarsity Press)

Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church (Thomas Nelson)

Developing a Strategy for Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Introduction (Baker Academic, co-authored with John Mark Terry)

Missionary Methods: Research, Reflections, and Realities (William Carey Library, co-edited with Craig Ott)

He is married to Sarah who is a physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, working part-time at a clinic for uninsured populations in Birmingham, Alabama. They have three children Hannah, Rachel, and Joel.

J. D. may be contacted at and found on Twitter @jd_payne. He blogs at

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Werner Mischke on November 27, 2012
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This is a great book for Christians who want to gain perspective on the ever-increasing ethnic diversity of North America and the West. It helps us to lift our eyes, come to terms with new demographic realities, and gain biblical hope concerning the mega-trend of the migrations of the peoples. Covering the tremendous rise in migration for job-seeking immigrants, international students, refugees, and more, JD Payne provides a multitude of stories as well as straightforward statistical evidence for the profound demographic and ethnic changes taking place in Western nations.

The book provides a thorough overview of people on the move in the Old and New Testaments, and creates for readers a clear Scriptural lens through which to see these people movements in our generation. This was very encouraging for me, creating a much stronger link between the accounts of "people on the move" in the Bible--and "people on the move" in our world, in our own communities.

Payne's overview of the demographic changes of many nations--demonstrated through well-researched and documented statistical evidence--is proof of the dramatic changes which are creating culture clashes in cities all over the western world. His primary readers are North Americans, so the additional information he provides about the USA and Canada is valuable and eye-opening.

The challenge to Christians engaged in God's purpose to bless the peoples of the world--is nuanced and multifaceted. He recommends a strategy called R.E.P.S.--Reach, Equip, Partner, and Send.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Cronshaw on January 15, 2015
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In my neighbourhood 36.9% of people were born overseas (higher than Australia’s 30.2%). Locally this includes 4.6% people from India (more than triple the national 1.4%) and 3.5% from China (more than double the national 1.5%). Australia is a country of migrants, and our local area even more so. My church, AuburnLife Baptist Church, shares a building with our Baptist mission agency, Global Interaction. As we send missionaries overseas, the nations are coming to us. This is not just a feature of my parish, but a globalized trend the church all over the West is seeing with all sorts of opportunities.

Diaspora Missiology is the emerging and exponentially growing field that brings migration research into conversation with mission. Strangers Next Door is a concise and accessible introduction to the field. It is compiled by J D Payne, a seminary professor, author and pastor who currently serves as pastor of Church Multiplication at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.

The book offers biblical perspectives on migration and especially the conviction that God is orchestrating a movement of peoples across the world to advance the Kingdom of God. For any church wanting to ‘advance the Kingdom’, being aware of and strategic about people from less reached cultures coming to us is basic. Payne comments: ‘Something is missiologically malignant when we are willing to send people across the oceans, risking life and limb and spending enormous amounts of money, but we are not willing to walk next door and minister to the strangers living there.’ (p.33) The God of mission is organising for the church in the West to engage in global mission on their doorstep, without relocating.
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By Mark on November 19, 2014
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As I have said before...I like JD Payne. However his research is lite though the topic of the book is vitally important. I would like information I wold be challenged to find myself.
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