Spanning over thirty years of the literature of evangelism and missions, this book presents essays from experts in the field previously published in over a dozen magazines and books. A decidedly more liberal overview - addressing universalism and social justice, among other issues - and focused more on modern missions that historical aspects, the editors here attempt an exploration of what the mission of the Church is, should be, and can yet be.
Christians and communities of faith today are rediscovering evangelism as an essential aspect of the church's mission. Many of the resulting books in the marketplace, however, have a hands-on orientation, often lacking serious theological engagement and reflection. Bucking that how-to trend,The Study of Evangelism offers thirty groundbreaking essays that plumb the depths of the biblical and theological heritage of the church with reference to evangelistic practice. Helpfully organized into six categories, these broad, diverse writings lay a solid scholarly foundation for meaningful dialogue about the church's practice of evangelism.
Paul W. Chicolte is professor of historical theology andWesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio.
Laceye C. Warner is executive vice dean and associateprofessor of the practice of evangelism and Methodiststudies at Duke Divinity School, North Carolina.
Christians and communities of faith today are rediscovering evangelism, not just for the sake of institutional survival, but as an essential aspect of the church's mission. Many of the books flooding the marketplace as a result have a "practice" orientation, often lacking serious theological engagement and reflection.
In The Study of Evangelism Paul W. Chilcote and Laceye C. Warner collect some of the increasing number of texts that buck this "how to" trend. The writings offered here plumb the depths of the biblical and theological heritage of the church with reference to evangelistic practice, but resist offering guidance to specific application in life.
These thirty groundbreaking essays on the practice of evangelism have been gathered into a single volume in order to enhance serious theological and contextual engagement with this aspect of the church's mission in the world. The book lays a solid, scholarly foundation for future discourse, speaking to all who practice and study evangelism from many different Christian perspectives. Through this book Chilcote and Warner aim to encourage reflective and open dialogue about the practice of evangelism within the community of faith.
Paul W. Chilcote is visiting professor at the practice of evangelism at Duke Divinity School.
Laceye C. Warner is associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies at Duke Divinity School.
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"The wait has been worth it. Finally we have a collection of essays on evangelism to treasure that will only appreciate in value. The tone of the editors and the texture of their selections make this a book that will be invaluable for years to come."
Fuller Theological Seminary
"In The Study of Evangelism Paul Chilcote and Laceye Warner bring together the writings of outstanding international scholars who have also engaged in evangelism through the church. This groundbreaking volume crosses the barriers of tradition and culture to engage in topics that cannot be ignored if the church is to truly be missional today. It is refreshing to have such a diverse range of issues and perspectives in a single volume. True to their goal, the authors combine the best of missiology and theological insights for serious students of evangelism."
"This book is especially welcome. There are too few texts that study the biblical and theological roots of evangelism. This work goes to the head of the short list."