Understanding Christian Mission is a comprehensive introduction designed to help students, pastors, and mission committees understand contemporary Christian mission historically, biblically, and theologically. Scott Sunquist, a respected scholar and teacher of world Christianity, recovers missiological thinking from the early church for the twenty-first century. He traces the mission of the church throughout history in order to address the global church and offers a constructive theology and practice for missionary work today.
“Scott Sunquist has produced a rarity in this book that combines breadth of theological scope with depth of learning and life in equal measure….[A] book to savor, ponder, and return to again and again.” – Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership
“No mere pragmatic missiology, Scott Sunquist’s book is redolent with theology. This book shows us that we are steeped in suffering and in glory both across time and in today’s global and urban challenges. What a high calling.” – Miriam Adeney, Seattle Pacific University
“This is a clearly written, wonderfully ecumenical introduction to missiology and, indeed, mission theology. Its value lies in conceiving missiology as deeply theological and spiritual, not simply as tips and strategies for more successful evangelism.” – Stephen Bevans, SVD, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
“This is an outstanding one-volume introduction to missiology. It is creative, unique, and captivating. I will recommend this text to all my colleagues.” – Charles Van Engen, Fuller Theological Seminary
“A powerful primer on the history and theology of mission, this book brilliantly lays out a clear understanding of God’s mission….[A] must-read for students exploring Christian mission for the first time as well as a comprehensive resource for practitioners currently involved with global mission.” – Tom Lin, vice president of missions and director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference,
“This is a fresh and invigorating presentation of Christian mission for our day. Scott Sunquist draws on a recent burgeoning of biblical and theological studies that acknowledges the importance of the mission of God for understanding Christian existence….This is a rich resource.” – Wilbert R. Shenk, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
“Three mission books in one: Sunquist provides a sweeping history, a comprehensive theology, and an impassioned call for the church to be missional. Ambitious, inspiring, and sweeping. From Polycarp to Matteo Ricci and D. L. Moody, the range of this book is simply amazing.” – Alec Hill, president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Scott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as professor of world Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Sunquist is the author of numerous articles and coauthor, with Dale Irvin, of the multivolume History of the World Christian Movement. He is also coeditor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity
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