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Encountering the History of Missions is an accessible survey of how God has fulfilled his promise to bless all the nations. John Mark Terry and Robert L. Gallagher explain the sweep of missions history from the first century to today, including the roles of the Franciscans, Jesuits, Moravians, Methodists, and others. This text can be used as an excellent resource offering practical application of the lessons of the past, maps, sidebars, and even discussion questions for a classroom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801026962
ISBN-13: 9780801026966
Series: Encountering Mission

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This new addition to a highly acclaimed series portrays the sweep of missions history, revealing how God has fulfilled his promise to bless all the nations. Two leading missionary scholars and experienced professors help readers understand how missions began, how missions developed, and where missions is going. The authors cover all of missions history and provide practical application of history's lessons. Maps, tables, box inserts, sidebars, and discussion questions add to the book's usefulness in the classroom.

Author Bio

John Mark Terry (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of missions at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

Robert L. Gallagher (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is department chair and associate professor of intercultural studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he also directs the MA in intercultural studies program.

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wonderful History of Missions
    October 6, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Great Commission, which Christ gave to his followers before He ascended into heaven, is the mission at all who follow Christ must obey. It is their Earthly duty which glorifies God and bringing His people back to Him. Throughout the centuries, since Christ ascended into heaven, there have been many attempts to fulfill the Great Commission, each with a specific bent. The work, Encountering the History of Missions: From the Early Church to Today, by John Mark Terry and Robert L Gallagher, details the ongoing attempt to fulfill this obligation.

    Encountering the History of Missions, is an all-encompassing book which does the job it sets out to do and in just over 400 pages Terry and Gallagher give a phenomenal account of missions through the ages. Their study gives a good balance of the past 2000 years with a higher focus on the post early church time frame. While some of this work uses a broad brush stroke, the authors do hone in on a few areas, looking specifically at 17 different areas of missions.

    Each section details the specific theology behind a certain group or time period of missionaries as well as the movers and shakers of the group or time. Due to the structure of this work, it is best used as either a reference work or as a textbook for a college-level (or above) class. For use in academic study, specifically in the area of the history of missions, there are multiple case studies at the end of most chapters, which are then followed by a section of reflection and discussion. These sections are aimed at a student who is looking to apply the content to their daily life. This section is also of great value to a professor looking to use this work as a textbook in their class.

    With specific regard the readability of this work, Encountering the History of Missions, is easy to read comparatively to most textbook like works. Furthermore the detail in this work is outstanding, jam-packed with information without becoming unreadable to anyone but a scholar. Additionally the reference list, located in the back of the work, encompassing over twenty-pages, and would be suitable for any student college or above to use for further study in this area.

    As a pastor who is intimately familiar with the history of missions, I see this book as a great introduction to this most important Heavenly obligation. I therefore recommend it to all pastor, students of missions, and prospective missionaries who desire to know of Saints who came before them in the field of overseas missions.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
  2. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Methods of various missionaries and the results
    August 12, 2017
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Encountering the History of Missions" is a textbook about missions history. The authors started at around AD 100 and went up to 2017, but the book was only loosely in chronological order. They took groups (like the Jesuits or Moravians) or movements (church growth movement, etc.) and looked at their missionary efforts. The focus was on how various individuals and groups spread the gossip (methods) and what the results where--did the church last or send out missionaries of its own?

    They mainly looked at European and Asian missions efforts, though they did briefly touch on missionary work from all around the world. They looked at all Christian missions, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. However, they mostly looked at Protestant missions after describing the Reformation. They talked about missionary councils and congresses, movements, various specializations within missions (radio, Bible translations, etc.), and suggested what we can learn from past missionary efforts.

    Most of the early sections gave some background to explain why the missionaries acted as they did and then gave short biographies for the notable missionaries from that group. There were also case studies and side bars with discussion questions. Overall, I found the information interesting as it provided an overall arc that I've not gotten before. But while I grant that this is a textbook, it isn't likely to keep the attention of someone not already interested in the topic.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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