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The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan For the World Paperback – July 1, 2008
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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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #586,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sills has a comprehensive view of missions and shares many insights that many people do not consider when it comes to missions and the missionary call. Sills acknowledges areas such as how often guilt is used in altar calls to manipulate people into committing to missions and correctly stipulates that deputation is a legitimate ministry. Finally, his thorough knowledge is seen as he addresses hindrances that either prevent missionaries from getting to the field or from serving well on the field.
Unfortunately, the book is at times confusing. He tries to articulate a very concise definition of what a missionary call is, but expounds in such a way that seems to broaden the definition of the missionary call. The inclusion of some elements that border on mystical (as he cites books like Experiencing God and several 'mystical' stories) and yet at the same time he overlooks integral elements that should be considered (like God's gifting and qualification of missionaries). This confusion appears to be born out of a misunderstanding of God’s will. He suggests that God’s will is more than just what is revealed in His Word. He is correct in that certainly, the specific will for individuals is different. Yet, he is solution spiritualizes God’s will and thus leaves believers uncertain about what it really is (which impacts how he describes the missionary call). Such a definition neglects principles that we learn from Scripture though, and that if we are simply faithful to obey God’s revealed will, then the unrevealed part will become clear (cf. Romans 12:1-2; Deuteronomy 29:29).
There is much to learn from this book, but I would recommend it as a tertiary source (after the Bible and then other literature). Before delving into The Missionary Call, I would recommend that readers first read "Is That You Lord?" by Gary Gilley (a short read, but that would set a firm basis to help readers navigate the confusing aspects of Sills books).
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of review, but the review was not influenced in any way by the publisher, the author, or any other person associated with this book. Instead, the review is the result of my own reading of the book.
The authenticity and honesty displayed in Sills' book was refreshing. It noted several times that a "missionary call" is not a explicit call found in the Bible although as Christians we use the term as if it is. I doubt I would have heard that in my church or any other church.
It gives practical spiritual and common sense advice for those us to desire to be missionaries (whether domestic or foreign) and those want to support missions. I would recommend it for all my fellow believers in Christ Jesus. The Great Commission isn't an option, it is a command from our Lord Jesus. Your brother in Christ