Spirituality in Mission

Embracing the Lifelong Journey
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Authors from eighteen countries give us their perspectives on biblical principles and cultural expressions of spirituality particularly as the church engages in God’s mission. The anthology of texts enriches our understanding of the depth and the meaning of being spiritual and the diversity of forms to live out the Christian faith. The issue today is how spirituality should direct and guide a daily life as followers of Jesus in the engagement in the mission of God. No doubt that it has to do with our inner life and our relationship to God, but it is in showing our love and concern to others that we prove our love to God, according to the Apostle John (1 John 4). Mission without spirituality will only be a human effort to convince people of religious theories. Spirituality without a missionary involvement of the church will not express God’s desire that the transforming gospel reaches every person. This book will help you rethink your understanding of what is spiritual, revisit your own spiritual journey, and appreciate the different forms of spirituality as they are described and performed around the globe.

  • ISBN: 9780878080564
  • Pages: 438
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

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For decades, Bill Taylor and his global colleagues have encouraged our pursuit towards being “reflective practitioners.” Spirituality in Mission is the masterpiece collection of guidance towards that goal. In a day of hyperactivity, exhaustion, and ministry burn out, this resource—written by an amazing collection of global Christian leaders—provides the challenges and
the tools needed for long-term personal depth and ongoing organizational renewal. Slow down, read this book reflectively, and reenter ministry work strengthened.
 

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Mission organizations, Bible agencies, and church planters are coming together in unprecedented ways in the twenty-first century. They are working together to build God’s kingdom. As a result, they’re developing a broader vision and experience of what it means to be the body of Christ. Those of us on the journey like to reference Psalms 133—it is wonderful and pleasant when brothers and sisters live and work together in harmony! Harmony is precious and refreshing, resulting in God’s blessing. May your reading of this book give you new insight, blessing, and refreshment for your own journey.
 

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Century after century, missionary vision and dynamism have always come from churches and persons that enjoyed spiritual vitality. Missionaries that I have known who left a mark in mission history were women and men that practiced regularly the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation of the Bible. The value of this new book, Spirituality in Mission, is how it explores and expounds its subject through personal testimony, reflection, and Bible exposition. The diversity of authors and subjects make it a milestone in missiological literature.
 

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Starting with the phrase “the use of means,” William Carey inaugurated the modern missionary movement as fundamentally pragmatic. As we move into a new era of mission far more diverse and richer, we must infuse that pragmatism with the aroma of Christ in new ways. Spirituality in Mission does just that, offering perspectives on the spiritual journey that is not constrained by the task at hand. Be warned, though, that some essays will not paint a picture of spirituality that is void of reality. Rather, what emerges is an interior life of the Spirit that is both global and local, and enriching to all.
 

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Here is a true gold mine of life experience and wisdom, unearthing new facets of Christian spirituality through a fresh theological understanding. It is an eye-opener to enriching voices of the majority world and a corrective to the sacred-spiritual Western dichotomy, with its individualistic spirituality. The imagery of a “lifelong journey” and the “finishing well” perspective provide important food for thought with missions too often marked by quick fix, short-term, and numbers. This resource displays an authentic, all-embracing understanding of Christian spirituality as the “undivided longing for God’s glory to shine out to the world.” This book is a crucial toolkit for reforming the spirituality of our churches and mission organizations, of mission workers and pastors alike.
 

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Spirituality in Mission is well written, accessible, intellectually engaging, and comprehensive in its subjects and issues. As a mission educator and cross-cultural mission practitioner, I am pleased that the contributors are well known and globally diverse, representing both experienced mission practitioners and thoughtful academics. I loved the case studies from different cultural
and geographical contexts. Do not neglect the concluding annotated bibliography. It is a valuable resource to those engaged in mission practice, education, and training, and also for those engaged in missionary care. This book is greatly needed, useful, and a timely resource.
 

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There is much of profound value in this anthology. The outstanding treasure for me was the sense that we are not alone on our spiritual journey. Chapter by chapter it is as if each contributor joins the reader and shares from their cultural and personal experience of spirituality in mission as we all walk the road together. At the outset, Rose Dowsett instructs, “Authentic spirituality
is profoundly communal,” and that is well represented by this volume. It is a communal work. Own this book and let the diverse global voices encourage us all to stay and grow, together, on mission.
 

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Spirituality in Mission addresses a vision of the spiritual life that forms and feeds mission. The variety of cultural contexts of the mission scholars and practitioners give weight to the rich expressions of spirituality. The authors bring together mission and spirituality through biblical and practical exploration. The thoughtful consideration of the various approaches and aspects of
spirituality present a broad range of perspectives. I found the practical reflection and application section at the end of most chapters perfect for individual study or small group discussions. This book is refreshing and convincingly shows that spiritual formation and missional living are a dynamic, interrelated process.
 

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Comprehensive in content and often deeply convicting, this volume treats the topic of spirituality in missions from every conceivable angle. Seasoned leaders from around the globe lend their voices to various aspects of spirituality in ways a solitary worldview could not. Topics ranging from the missionary call all the way to the conclusion of a missionary’s life are insightfully
touched upon. This newest mission resource should be referenced by every aspiring missionary and current message-bearer, to guide him or her through their ministry journey.
 

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At last, a timely, comprehensive, and foundational resource for missions in the twentyfirst century! It is filled with gems of wisdom, grace, and helps for the beginners, “wounded warriors,” and thriving missionaries. The future of missions depends on many more of God’s people successfully embracing it as a life-long journey. Such an endeavor is usually too much for
individual missionaries without a caring and understanding missional community behind them. Together, we will have the needed spirituality to embrace it life-long and to finish strong and well. Thus, this book is also invaluable for every Christian engaged in the Great Commission.
 

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Spirituality in Mission redefines spirituality right now and surely in the future mission scenario. I know most of these writers; they walk the talk. How we will do mission will be based how we practice spirituality in the future. Our mission world has changed from ethnocentric to polycentric missions, from everywhere to everywhere with the dynamic of global North and global South missions. Terms like missionary, mission, and mission-field will also change. I am happy this book came out after ten years in the making. Readjust your spirituality for future missional and leadership effectiveness.
 

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Seldom does one come across the range of spiritual depth and geographical breath as harvested in this well-represented tome on Spirituality in Mission. At a time when the foundations of evangelical identity and expression are being shaken, the key markers of evangelicalism—a vital spirituality overflowing into missional obedience—are winsomely connected and articulated in
this latest effort by the World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission. This work will be required reading in my classes relating to the most important reasons for Christian existence spirituality and mission.
 

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This new publication is an invaluable resource—for a number of reasons. With voices and perspectives from the global Christian community, we have a vision for Christian spirituality and maturity in Christ that is trinitarian, biblical, and ecclesial and addresses the deep longing of the church to know the fullness of life in the Spirit. The diversity of voices is crucial here:
representing the reality that our theology and practice of Christian spirituality need to be informed by both the ancient witness and the contemporary witness that fosters learning across cultures and ethnicities. This resource is an essential text for courses in spirituality across of the spectrum of denominations, East and West, North and South.
 

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Spirituality in Mission is an extraordinary compendium of biblical insight and godly wisdom that provides life-giving commentary to the classic Rene Padilla observation that “true spirituality requires a missionary contemplation and a contemplative mission.” Showcasing thoughtful Christ-followers from across God’s global kingdom, this resource breaks down dualistic thinking and presents a wonderfully holistic view of gospel-living that speaks both to individual transformation and the flourishing of church and community across cultures. It is a well-written, well-edited volume worthy of not only a permanent spot on your bookshelf (or handheld), but a permanent place in the church’s ongoing conversations on what it means to be fully Christian in the twenty-first century.
 

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This book brings together many voices from diverse Christian traditions, organizations, and locations. On the surface, it may be overwhelming as the writers raise a wide spectrum of issues from spiritual warfare to suffering, from Scripture to cultural context. But on deeper reading, we discern the underlying unity reminding us that it is the Triune God who directs mission
by relating to us and reconciling the world to himself. This excellent resource helps us to think more deeply about spirituality and how every Christian, with one heart and voice, can do God’s mission, every day and in every way.
 

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Research conducted in South Africa during 2016 revealed that the greatest challenges Christian leaders faced focused on intimacy with Christ. There was a profound sense that a lot of leaders were so busy with good and even great activities but often became either burnt out or disillusioned because so much was done out of self-energy and effort. This reality personally sobered me. Spirituality in Mission is an invaluable contribution to the spiritual formation of leaders around the world. It is highly recommended!
 

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Carefully crafted over the span of a decade, this anthology provides a solid, multicultural biblical foundation on spirituality as experienced within mission contexts. Spirituality in Mission is an excellent and indispensable global resource that will greatly enrich the missionary movement. It offers a variety of mission-experienced contributors who bring their unique and practical
perspectives to the subject matter. This is a must-read for those serious about engaging in significant and transformative missionary activities and in all arenas of the church on mission.
 

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The editors and writers are all pilgrims. Their book is global in scope, contains in-depth analysis, and is soul stirring. They summon us to a life-long journey with the Master as traveling-servants in the missio Dei. Spirituality in Mission is a timely contribution that I enthusiastically endorse to all reflective practitioners.

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The WEA MC has pioneered researching and resourcing global mission and missionaries. As with Too Valuable to Lose and Worth Keeping, this new volume addresses the person of the missionary. Our life with God is the soil and source of our missional engagement, and conversely, our missional engagement shapes and sharpens our spiritual lives. The diverse
authors of Spirituality in Mission explore the nexus of these two dynamics of the Christian life. This is a treasure for the entire church. So all of you, Christian, missionary, pastor, justice worker, evangelist, professor: pick up this book, read, and linger with the transforming truth.
 

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Some years ago the WEA Missions Commission published Too Valuable To Lose after a major research project on the causes of missionary attrition. I’d like to think that this splendid anthology is proof that fruitful and painful lessons have been learned over the years since then. Certainly I hope that one impact of the wide reading that this collection of biblical and experiential wisdom will deservedly have, will be fewer “losses” in the future. I love the combination of solid biblical and theological reflection—so utterly essential to a truly Christian spirituality—and the breadth and depth of lived experience in multiple cultures and lifetimes. It is hardly a book to read all at once, but then, it rightly aims to accompany “the lifelong journey.”
 

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Table of Contents

Along the Journey: Setting the Stage
Dedication
Foreword
Bertil Ekström (Brazil-Sweden)
Foreword
C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell (Brazil)
Introduction: Preparing for the Journey
Editorial team: William D. Taylor, with John Amalraj and Geoffrey W. Hahn
Along the Journey: Theological Implications
1. Biblical and Theological Reflections on Christian Spirituality
Rose Dowsett (Scotland)
2. What Shapes Our Spirituality in Missions
John K. Amalraj (India)
3. Mission and Spirituality
Kirk Franklin (Australia)
4. Grace on the Journey
Geoffrey W. Hahn (USA)
5. Spirituality and the Prophet Jonah
Duncan Olumbe (Kenya)
6. Spiritual Warfare in Missions
Reuben Ezemadu (Nigeria)
7. Where There Is Lament
Miriam Adeney (USA)
8. The Journey’s Long Obedience
Valdir Steuernagel (Brazil)
Along the Journey: Identifying Issues
9. Spiritual Formation
Christine Raquel Taylor-Warner (USA)
10. Spiritual Direction
Christine Raquel Taylor-Warner (USA)
11. The Spirituality of Partnerships
Alexandre Araujo (Brazil-USA)
12. Culture Does Affect Our Spirituality
Kirk Franklin (Australia)
13. Legacy Racism, Living Realities
Benjamin Pillay (South Africa)
14. Spirituality and Justice
Abraham (Abey) George (India)
15. How to Discern the Will of God
David Tai-Woong Lee (Korea)
16. Embracing the Invitation to Brokenness and Deconstruction
Yvonne Christine DeAcutis Taylor (USA)
17. Spirituality and Planning
Rodolfo “Rudy” Girón (Guatemala, Spain)
18. Spirituality…It’s about Renewing Minds
Ellen Alexander (India)
19. The Spirituality of Professional Skills and Business
Peter Shaukat (Canada)
20. Engaging the Arts in God’s Mission
Katie Hoogerheide and Robin Harris (USA)
21. Stages of Spiritual Development: A Story and a Model on the Journey
William D. Taylor (USA)
22. Stages of Spiritual Development: Models and Applications for the Journey
William D. Taylor (USA)
Along the Journey: Discerning Organizational Spiritualities: Issues and Case Studies
23. Organizational Spirituality
Paul Bendor-Samuel, Interserve (England)
24. Case Studies
OMF, Patrick Fung (Singapore)
Assemblies of God, Greg Mundis (USA)
YWAM, Harry Hoffman (Germany, China)
WEC, Susan Sutton, (USA)
SIM, Geoffrey W. Hahn, with Joshua Bogunjoko (USA, Nigeria)
EMS, Nigeria, Simon Yako (Nigeria)
GMF, Korea, Steve Sang-Cheol Moon (Korea)
OM, Viv Thomas (England)
PMI, Latin America, Allan Matamoros (Costa Rica)
FMPB, India, Simon Ponniah (India)
Mizo Movement, L. N. Tluanga (North East India)
Along the Journey: Preparing and Engaging
25. Spirituality and the Missionary Call
Bruce Dipple (Australia)
26. Teaching and Learning to Nurture Spirituality
Ruth Wall (England)
27. Grappling with the Invisible Evil Powers
Margaretha Adiwardana (Brazil)
28. Risk along the Journey
Geoffrey W. Hahn (USA)
29. Preparing for Intentional Discrimination, Harassment, and Persecution
Wolfgang Häde (Germany, Turkey)
30. Harassment, Persecution, and Martyrdom on the Field
Antonia Leonora van der Meer (Brazil)
Along the Journey: Caring for Companions
31. The Reality of Suffering in Mission
David D. Ruíz (Guatamala)
32. Caring for Those on the Journey
Detlef Blöecher (Germany)
33. Healers
Laura Mae Gardner (USA)
34. A Model of Healing and Discipleship
Kyle Miller (USA)
35. The Broken, the Wounded Warrior, and Hidden Addictions
Dale Phillips (USA)
36. Serving Those Whose Plans Have Radically Been Changed
Gary Wittevrongel (USA)
37. Rest, Recreation, Sabbath
Jim Van Meter (USA)
Along the Journey: Finishing Well
38. Finishing Strong and Well
William D. Taylor (USA)
39. A Review and a Perspective
Editorial team: John Amalraj, with Geoffrey W. Hahn and William D. Taylor
Along the Journey: Appendix
Annotated Bibliography
Roberta Chiang (Hong Kong)

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