The following books are a selection of works that I regularly recommend to pastors and ministry leaders in local churches to suggest and use with their congregations. These books cover a ranger of topics under the broader umbrella of missions. They take up topics such as: evangelism, church planting, global missions, revitalization and replanting, missionary biographies, and sending for missions.
Akin, Daniel L. Ten Who Changed the World. Nashville: B&H, 2012.
Anderson, Courtney. To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson. Anniversary Edition. King of Prussia, PA: Judson Press, 1987.
Ashford, Riley. Gospel of Our King. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019.
Clifton, Clint. Church Planting Thresholds: A Gospel-Centered Guide. New City Network, 2016.
Coleman, Robert. The Master Plan of Evangelism. 2 edition. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2010.
DeYoung, Kevin, and Greg Gilbert. What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.
Elliot, Elisabeth. Through Gates of Splendor. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale Momentum, 2002.
Elmer, Duane. Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry. Unknown edition. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1993.
———. Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting In Around the World. IVP Academic, 2002.
———. Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility. Downers Grove: IVP, 2006.
Fries, Micah, and Keith Whitfield, eds. Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2018.
Greear, J. D. Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.
Green, Michael. Evangelism in the Early Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
Hesselgrave, David J. Paradigms in Conflict: 15 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today. Expand updated edition. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2018.
Scott Hildreth, D. Together on God’s Mission: How Southern Baptists Cooperate to Fulfill the Great Commission. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2018. g
Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.
Lanier, Sarah A. Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot and Cold Climate Cultures. Hagerstown, MD: McDougal Publishing, 2000.
McKinley, Mike. Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things. Wheaton: Crossway, 2017.
Newman, Randy, and Lee Strobel. Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017.
Packer, J. I. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Downers Grove: IVP, 2012.
Payne, J. D. Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission. Downers Grove: IVP, 2012.
Piper, John. Filling up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.
———. Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.
Stott, John. Christian Mission in the Modern World. Downers Grove: IVP, 2015.