August 29, 2011
The WEA’s Mission Commission announces the release of its new book in the “Globalisation of Mission” series called Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church. It is edited by the veteran missiologist, Rose Dowsett.
Global Mission is divided into two sections: ‘Reflections and Foundations’ comprised of nine essays and ‘Contextualization at Work’ with twenty one essays. The contributing authors come from five continents, varying backgrounds, ages and credentials. Each is passionate about God’s mission, about building bridges for the gospel that is absolutely faithful to Scripture yet sensitive to specific contexts. “North and South, East and West, demonstrate precious unity in Christ in our common calling,” says Rose Dowsett.
Each essay provides a unique glimpse of the birthing of faith in the grace of the Holy Spirit in a different society. They each tell stories of trial and error, of triumphs and struggles, and present Christ in a way that is both helpful and comprehendible. Following the thought processes and specific conclusions of each contributor make this book valuable and transferable to many other parts of the global church.
Contextualization is complex. Not all authors agree on every point, nor are they self-proclaimed experts especially when addressing difficulties of mission in Muslim and Hindu worlds. No attempts are made to standardize different approaches allowing for robust conversations to develop. Rose Dowsett remarks “Each essay is thoughtfully written out of love for God and love for his world. Thus we can give thanks to God for all that he is wonderfully doing around his world and stimulate our prayers for those who work cross-culturally, especially in pioneer situations.”
Study questions useful for personal reflection, group or class discussion are provided after each chapter. The book is deliberately targeted for lay people yet is also stimulating to career missionaries and academics.
This new volume is the product of years of work by the Mission Commission’s global missiology task force and a worldwide team of committed colleagues and writers. It comes as a partner to the WEA Theological Commission’s book called, Local Theology for the Global Church: Principles for an Evangelical Approach to Contextualization, eds. Matthew Cook, Rob Haskell, Ruth Julian, Natee Tanchanpongs, also published by William Carey Library in 2010.
The book will be released in late September for the North American Mission Leaders Conference in Phoenix. A special pre-print offer provides a 65% discount off of the retail price of $17.99. For information on orders, contact William Taylor at [email protected] or the STL Distributions order desk or [email protected] or call 1.800.647.7466.