Favorite Mission Books

The Mission of God's People

The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission | Christopher J.H. Wright

Wright provides a fascinating overview of the biblical story and how God calls and engages His people in mission. An eye-opening work for church members and church leaders, this is biblical theology at its best. Beautifully written, the book speaks clearly and passionately to God's heart for His people and His world.



When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself | Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Many approaches to poverty alleviation dishonor the poor and fail to create opportunity. When Helping Hurts illustrates the complexities of poverty and offers biblical guidelines for helping the material poor while honoring their dignity and promise.



Walking with the Poor

Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development | Bryant L. Myers

Myers shares a framework for Christian mission and transformation that encompasses biblical theology and best practices from the international development community. This is a key work on holistic transformation and development among the poor.



Let the Nations Be Glad

Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions | John Piper

An invaluable resource for missionaries, pastors, and lay people, this book illustrates what it means to do missions and shows that the call to mission is really a call to worship.





In the Land of Blue Burqas | Kate McCord

Beautifully told, an honest and riveting story of a woman who served as an aid worker in Afghanistan for nine years. Kate's story is moving and shares deep insights into culture and how to build relationships across cultures and faiths.




Christian Mission in the Modern World

Christian Mission in the Modern World | John Stott

In this modern classic, John Stott shows how Christian mission responds to both physical and spiritual needs and incorporates evangelism as well as social action. 



Serving with Eyes Wide Open

Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence | David A. Livermore

Short Term Mission Trips have grown exponentially in the recent past, but some suggest these trips do more harm than good. David Livermore exposes Western cultural assumptions, and helps short term teams embrace an attitude of humility, learning, and cultural respect to build lasting relationships and serve with cultural intelligence.

The Call


The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life | Os Guinness

Thoughtful and provocative, Os Guinness explores the meaning and purpose of life and what it means to be called to a life of faith and service.

Anthropological Insights for Missionaries



Anthropological Insights for Missionaries | Paul Hiebert

An expert anthropologist and missionary shares a wealth of practical insights into how to understand and communicate cross-culturally.



Missionary Methods

Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours | Ronald Allen

An Anglican missionary in China from 1895 to 1903, Ronald Allen offers timeless principles for Christian mission that are thought-provoking, fresh and relevant today.