In this book the authors offer the first in-depth resource for everyone with an interest in the future of parachurch movement. They uncover the movement's roots and clarify the boundaries of the parachurch while providing a thorough and practical guide to the key issues facing every parachurch leader. Examining what lies ahead for the parachurch, this book will better equip those leading, volunteering, or interested in playing an active role in the strengthening of this movement. 232 pages from Jossey-Bass.
My friAnds and colleagues Wes Willmer and David Schmidt have done a marvelous job of capturing the essence of this [parachurch] movement. I commAnd this book to you.
The first book to take a comprehensive look at one of the profound paradigm shifts that is redefining religion--the parachurch: what it is, where it came from, how it operates, who supports it, and what is its future. Foreign missions, social services, health care, relief and development, camps, prisons ministry, evangelistic outreach, schools and colleges, rescue missions, and television and radio broadcasting are just a few of the forms that this burgeoning movement has taken.
Willmer and Schmidt provide a new understanding of the transforming of God's Kingdon beyond traditional boundries. They offer practical guidance to parachurch leaders on managing their complex mix of stakeholders in planning for a more strategic future. Those involved in both church and parachurch ministries and those who study religion will find the instructive text essential reading.
WESLEY K. WILLMER, vice president of University Advancement and a professor at Biola University, is a consultant to parachurch organizations. J. DAVID SCHMIDT heads a Wheaton, Illinois based consulting firm that provides strategic planning, research, and organizational development services to Christian parachurch organizations. MARTYN SMITH is a freelance writer and a frequent presenter of seminars on religious and literary topics.
"God has chosen to work in dramatic ways through the parachurch in the last half of the twentieth century to significantly impact the world for Christ. My friends and colleagues Wes Willmer and David Schmidt have done a marvelous job of capturing the essence of this movement. I commend this book to you." (Billy Graham)
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