Considering a career in crosscultural ministry?
Veteran mission professionals Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor offer a practical guide for preparing for intercultural missions. They provide resources for personal spiritual preparation as well as crosscultural skills and hands-on missionary training. They outline the process for finding actual placement with a sending church, mission agency or organization, with key questions you should be asking along the way.
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And it is filled with real-life examples of people mobilizing for mission around the world.
Previously published as Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations, this handbook has been completely revised and significantly expanded to be even more comprehensive and useful. Global Mission Handbook is an indispensable guide for following God's call wherever he may lead you.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"A thoroughly worthwhile read. Hoke and Taylor have given us a very useful tool."
"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."
About the Authors
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 Lifelong Learning
9 Finishing Strong and Well
Appendix 1: Resources
Appendix 2: Bibliography
Appendix 3: three Small-Group Leaders Guides