Mission in Motion

Speaking Frankly of Mobilization
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Never before has the phenomenon of mission mobilization been so broadly researched.

In a vein similar to Too Valuable To Lose and Worth Keeping, the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission commissioned a research team to investigate what motivates people into mission service from around the globe. Mobilization practitioners recorded, translated and transcribed hundreds of hours of interview dialogue that explored reasons for mission involvement from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North and South America, Oceania, East Asia, South Asia and East Africa. The data was subsequently analyzed to draw out common themes, and Mission In Motion presents the results of this research.

This book is the first definitive exploration of the recent history, ministries and methods of mission mobilization. The evangelical missions community is expending much energy and resource trying to raise up workers for the Lord’s harvest, but is it helping? Are the means, models, methods, and mechanisms being applied to this end effective? What does influence people to greater involvement in mission—whatever they understand mission to be? Furthermore, what hinders it? In addressing these questions, Mission In Motion allows the interviewed respondents to speak for themselves, in an open and frank manner. Some results confirm common beliefs, but others may surprise you.

  • ISBN: 9780878080557
  • Pages: 298
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

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This research and reflection is a milestone in mission history and anyone keen to be involved or already involved in the ministry of mobilization must study this book.
 

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This is an important book which will be a standard reference for practitioners, mobilizers and academics for years to come.

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Jesus said the laborers are few, pray therefore. I believe we have to have a prayer support group praying for missions mobilization, then we do as God directs and we will see fulfilment of multitudes going into missions.
 

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This book is about aligning with the Lord’s heart to see His Kingdom grow, and for God’s people everywhere to be engaged in effective mission, locally and cross-culturally. Read it!
 

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Mission in Motion enriches our understanding of how mobilization is done today and encourages us to a deeper reflection on how we best can facilitate people to engage in God’s mission.
 

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I hope that the missionary drive of the Holy Spirit moving in sending churches from the majority world nowadays will be helped by this book in the indispensable task of reflecting about their practice.
 

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This is a global look at mobilization that will both embrace and challenge some commonly held beliefs. If you are a missions mobilizer this book is one which you should consider reading.
 

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To open this book is to open yourself to a wisely-moderated conversation with scores of mission mobilizers from all over the world.
 

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This book is a treasure store of practical wisdom for an under-researched area of mission practice presented by a first-class team of authors. In sum, this volume nails it!
 

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This is a project I have waited for a long time! This is an invaluable contribution to the discourse on missions and especially mission mobilization in our times.
 

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Contributors
Alison Allen (Researcher, Romania)
Dr. Malcolm Gold (Lead Researcher, Research Analyst, and Research Team Co-
Leader; Researcher, USA)
Jo Jowett (Researcher, UK)
Min-Young Jung (Research Team Co-Leader; Researcher, Korea)
Jay Matenga (Project Leader and Research Team Co-Leader; Researcher, New
Zealand)
Hikari Matsuzaki (Research Team Co-Leader; Researcher, Japan)
Duncan Olumbe (Researcher, Kenya)
Kannan Rajendran (Researcher, India)

Introduction


PART ONE: CONTEXT

Chapter 1. Crisis
The Prominence of Scientific Rationale
The Decline in Western Christianity
Increased Pluralism
Western Guilt
The Increasing Divide Between the Rich and the Poor
The Emergence of Majority World Theologies and Uncertainty of the Missionary
Endeavor
Chapter 2. Paradigms
Chapter 3. Missional Anomie
Hermeneutic Liberty
Plural Theologies
Global Shifts in Christianity
Chapter 4. Research Methodology
Quantitative or Qualitative?
The Current Study
Part One: Summary
Questions for Reflection

PART TWO: MISSION PERCEPTIONS

Chapter 5. The What: Mission’s Focus
Personal Salvation  Social Action
Mission as Personal Salvation
Mission as Social Action

Chapter 6. The Where: Mission’s Locus
Local  Global / Same Culture  Cross Culture
Eastern Europe Voices
South American Voices
Oceania Voices
United Kingdom Voices
North American Voices
East African Voices
Indian Voices
East Asian Voices

Chapter 7. The When: Mission’s Length
Short Term  Long Term
Short-Term Mission: Mere Tourism?
Short-Term Mission: Accessibility
Short-Term Mission: Taste and See
Short-Term Mission: Effectiveness

Part Two: Summary
Questions for Reflection


PART THREE: MOBILIZATION

Chapter 8. Creating Mission Momentum
Mission Mobilization Development
Mission Mobilization Definition
Mission Mobilization Dispersed
Mission Mobilization Diversified

Chapter 9. Mobilization Ideal-Types
The Ideal-Type
Four Mobilization Ideal-Types

Chapter 10. Mobilization Ideal-Type 1: Educational

Chapter 11. Mobilization Ideal-Type 2: Relational

Chapter 12. Mobilization Ideal-Type 3: Formulaic

Chapter 13. Mobilization Ideal-Type 4: Pragmatic

Part Three: Summary
Questions for Reflection


PART FOUR: ACCELERANTS
Chapter 14. Familial Relationships
Family Helping
Family Hindering
Spouses

Chapter 15. Influential Relationships
Individuals
Missionaries
Ministers
Networks
Organizations

Chapter 16. Education
Academic Institutions
Church Education
Courses and Conferences
Literature
Hardship

Chapter 17. Vocation
Calling—Everyone, Wherever?
Calling—Overview
Calling—Sustaining
Calling—Youth
Calling—Interconnected
The Holy Spirit

Part Four: Summary
Questions for Reflection


PART FIVE: RETARDANTS

Chapter 18. Funding
Churches
Giving Education
By Faith Alone?
Found Wanting
Organization Complications
Jehovah Jireh

Chapter 19. Mission Organization
Prerequisites
Practices
Personnel
Props
Pitches

Chapter 20. Gender
Women as Ancillary
Gender Dynamics
Leadership and Gender

Chapter 21. Sending Context
Church Discouragement
Secularism
Individualism
Prosperity
Time

Chapter 22. Spiritual Opposition

Part Five: Summary
Questions for Reflection


PART SIX: MOVING ON
Chapter 23. Fanning the Flame
Engaging
Educating
Energizing

REFERENCES

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