Barnett, Discovering the Mission of God


Ross Barnett, Editor, Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century. IVP Academic, 2012.

Referenced in: Theology of Mission, Missionally Responsive/Evangelical Summary

This is an exhaustive, substantive theology of mission from conservative evangelical scholars. Most of the authors live and work cross-culturally, with half of them still field-based. It covers the subject along three major themes: The Mission of God in the Bible, The Mission of God in History, and the Mission of God Today.

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Publisher’s Description

“God cannot lead you on the basis of information you do not have.” —Ralph Winter

What is God’s mission in the world? For anyone passionate about discovering God’s heart for the nations, Discovering the Mission of God will reveal his plans for you. Written by 21st-century field workers, scholars and church leaders, this book weaves together the basic components of God’s global mission and challenges readers to identify where they fit in the mission of God.

Discovering the Mission of God explores the mission of God as presented in the Bible, expressed throughout church history and in cutting-edge best practices being used around the world today. Drawing from a new generation of scholar-practitioners, this comprehensive reader provides global perspective, recent missiological research, case studies, recommended further readings and relevant discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Contributors include Bryan E. Beyer, Karen O’Dell Bullock, R. Bruce Carlton, Gary R. Corwin, Don Dent, Robert Edwards, Nathan Evans, David Garrison, H. Al Gilbert, Kevin Greeson, Jim Haney, J. Scott Holste, R. Alton, James Patrick Lai, William J. Larkin, Christopher R. Little, Alex Luc, Stan May, Clyde Meador, A. Scott Moreau, D. Kurt Nelson, Howard Norrish, Meg Page, John Piper, Robert L. Plummer, Jerry Rankin, Nik Ripken, Tom Steffen, Ed Stetzer, John Mark Terry, LaNette W. Thompson, Greg Turner, Preben Vang, Joel F. Williams, Christopher J. H. Wright, William R. Yount.

Discovering the Mission of God is an indispensable resource for anyone wanting a better picture of what God is doing in the world and how to find one’s place in God’s global plan.

About the Author

Mike Barnett (Ph.D., Southwestern Seminary) is dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. He teaches courses on church-planting movements, leadership and teams, creative access (business as mission), and the history of global Christianity. He also serves as national vice president of publications for the Evangelical Missiological Society.

He has a business background and continues to work in international business development. He and his wife, Cindy, served for twelve years with the International Mission Board.

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