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“The Missionary Call by Dr. David Sills is a valuable, objective and comprehensive review of this subject. Distorted perceptions and misunderstandings regarding who is called and what consists of a call to missions abound, but Dr. Sills deals with every perspective from a biblical and practical consideration. This book will be a valuable contribution to the church mobilizing God’s people to be obedient to our Great Commission task.”
-Jerry Rankin
President, International Mission Board
 
"Dr. Sills leads his readers through a methodical evaluation of the complexities of a missionary calling without being formulaic or unnecessarily mysterious. This book should be in the toolkit of anyone exploring a calling to cross-cultural ministry. I will recommend it to all of Wycliffe's candidates”
-Bob Creson
President, Wycliffe Bible Translators
 
There is a crying need today for men and women who are willing to give their lives to the great cause of proclaiming the Gospel to the nations. Dr. David Sills offers practical help in thinking through the call to missions-from discerning whether God has called you to missions, to determining how and where you should serve. A scholarly missiologist with hands-on missionary experience, Dr. Sills provides sound pastoral advice to Christians wondering if God might be calling them to spend their lives as missionaries in the service of the Gospel. I am absolutely confident that this book will make a big difference in many lives.
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
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The Missionary Call by Dr. David Sills is a valuable, objective, and comprehensive review of this subject. Distorted perceptions and misunderstandings regarding who is called and what consists of a call to missions abound, but Dr. Sills deals with every perspective from a biblical and practical consideration. This book will be a valuable contribution to the church mobilizing God’s people to be obedient to our Great Commission task.
-Jerry Rankin, President, International Mission Board

Dr. Sills leads his readers through a methodical evaluation of the complexities of a missionary calling without being formulaic or unnecessarily mysterious. This book should be in the tool kit of anyone exploring a calling to cross-cultural ministry. I will recommend it to all of Wycliffe’s candidates.
-Bob Creson, President,Wycliffe Bible Translators

Dr. Sills has done an excellent work in removing the mystery of God’s call on our lives. If you’re serious about investing your life in what is important to God then this is a must read to ground you in the overarching purpose of God and how He planned on you fitting into that! Oh, and if you’re not serious, then this is definitely
the book for you!
-Larry Brown, Chairman/CEO, New Tribes Mission

If you are wondering about the missionary call, this book will be a life saver for you. David Sills thoroughly explores the subject and gives information that the ordinary person feeling called would not know. His is not a cut-and-dried answer, and he leaves the final answer to the leading to the mysterious working of God’s Spirit. This will become a classic book dealing with the missionary call.
-AveryWillis, Executive Director, International Orality Network

There is a crying need today for men and women who are willing to give their lives to the great cause of proclaiming the gospel to the nations. Dr. David Sills offers practical help in thinking through the call to missions—from discerning whether God has called you to missions to determining how and where you should serve. A scholarly missiologist with hands-on missionary experience, Dr. Sills provides sound pastoral advice to Christians wondering if God might be calling them to spend their lives as missionaries in the service of the gospel. I am absolutely confident that this book will make a big difference in many lives.
-R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President,The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Missionary Call is a superb work that is certain to become a valuable tool for all Great Commission Christians. It is filled with biblical and practical wisdom. I was amazed that David covered so much and did it so well in so few pages.This a fine gift to the body of Christ. I know the students at our seminary and college will be reading it!
-Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

David Sills has addressed the single, burning issue in this, the greatest era of mission expansion in the history of the Christian Church. The Missionary Call presents a powerful, scripturally sound and convincing response for anyone considering a vocation in missions. I would urge every pastor and church missions leader to keep multiple copies of this book on hand as a reliable resource for anyone considering the call to missions.
-Tom Elliff, Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture & Church Relations, International Mission Board

The question of the “missionary call” has been debated, dissected, analyzed and written about for generations. Dr. Sills has produced refreshingly new insights into an old topic. His breadth of scholarship covers the biblical, historical, spiritual, contemporary, and pragmatic aspects of this vital topic in delightfully readable fashion. This is the finest single book on this fascinating topic thatI have ever read. I heartily recommend it for students, pastors, professors, missionaries, and every follower of Jesus Christ.
-David M. Howard, Former President, Latin America Mission, Former International Director of the World Evangelical Fellowship, Former Missions Director of IVCF and Director of URBANA 73 and 76

Dr. Sills provides a solid and well-grounded exploration of the missionary call. He offers significant help in clarifying the issues for those who struggle with whether God is calling them into missionaryn service and a great resource for those who teach about the call as it relates to missionary life.
-Scott Moreau, Professor of Missions & Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College, Editor, Evangelical Missions Quarterly

No aspect of missions is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than ‘the missionary call.’ Is not the clear command of Christ “to go” enough to set you on your way to unreached regions? You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Be aggressive to go. The Lord will direct your moving feet. Dr. Sills presents this and other popular views on how a person may be called into mission. I strongly recommend this practical book that cuts through much of the confusion of the missionary call.
-David Sitton, President, To Every Tribe Ministries

At last! Here is a book on a fundamental issue of missions that is at once truly readable, theologically balanced, biblically grounded, and practically oriented. David Sills draws upon his own experience on the field and in the classroom, the salient research of other scholars, and the wise reflection of a heart given over to the purpose for which his Lord left the palaces of heaven to dwell among a lost humanity. Engagingly written and immensely practical, Sills’ book addresses with winsomeness and clarity the often bewildering questions that each of us who would follow Jesus today must face regarding our place in the missionary task. This book is a “must read” for introductory courses on missions, for missionaries already on the field and those considering missionary service, for mission agency staff, and for pastors, missions committees, and church members alike. Highly recommended!
-Samuel Larsen, Samuel Patterson Professor of Missions and Evangelism, Reformed Theological Seminary

Can a book be brief and thorough? Clear and scholarly? Simple and profound? Practical and heartwarming? This one is. It will be a great help to many.
-Joe Martin, Chair of the Biblical Studies and Ministries Department, Belhaven College

I’ve been involved in “missions in other countries” for over forty years, and Dr. Sills, in The Missionary Call, gives me increased excitement concerning how this generation will respond to the missionary call placed on their lives. I would like for every Christian to read this book. God does call all of us to be missionaries, some to go and some to stay. Dr. Sills has given us an exciting and excellent tool to use, along with His Word, to determine which it is that the Lord is commanding us to do. Nothing is more exciting than being faithful to the call that He places on your life!
-Sammy Simpson, President, Global Outreach

There is a broad spectrum of opinions concerning the definition and even existence of such a concept as the “missionary call.” Dr. Sills scans the pages of Scripture and the landscape of the last three centuries of missiological thought and provides the reader with an informative and practical presentation of this key issue in cross-cultural disciple making.
-Timothy R. Sisk, Professor & Chair, Department of World Missions & Evangelism, Moody Bible Institute

From advice for beginners—know God, and know His Word—to advice for those seriously committed to such a career—choose the right mission agency for you, and get to know the missionary team you will be working with—anyone interested in the details of a personal, missionary call will find much food for thought.
-David Ross, President, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Moody Publishers; New edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0802450288
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0802450289
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches
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Dr. David Sills is the founder and president of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries as well as A.P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David joined the faculty of SBTS after serving as a missionary in Ecuador. While with the International Mission Board, he served as a church planter and general evangelist among the Highland Quichua people in the Andes and as a seminary professor at the Ecuadorian Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as Rector and professor of the Baptist seminary as a missionary with Global Outreach International. In addition to leadership training and seminary ministry that has taken him throughout Latin America and around the world, David has started and pastored churches in both the United States and Ecuador.

David has written several books and articles. His English language books include The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan for the World, Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience, and Reaching and Teaching the Highland Quichuas. The Missionary Call has been translated into Spanish, Korean, and Indonesian, and he has also written two books in Spanish, Capacitación Cultural en la Cultura Quichua and Quichuas de la Sierra: Descubriendo un Modelo de Adiestramiento Pastoral Cultralmente Apropriado. In addition, he has also served as a contributor and coauthor on several books including Introducción a la Misiología.

David and his wife, Mary have been married for over thirty years and have two married children and four grandchildren. David and Mary's children are all graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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