The following list is based on something Kevin Guttman published circa 1994. I have edited it using the recommended resources I published last month as well as several other lists of recommended resources in order to come up with a more current list than the 1994 version and a more comprehensive list than the one I published last month. The two main criteria I used in selecting resources were: (1) Is it a classic or does it have enduring value? and (2) Is is generic enough to be used in any context? I'm hoping to use it as the basis for a seminar I'm teaching on church mission resources at the Connection Conference in Denver next month- let me know of any corrections or tweaks that should be made! I will post updates on the web at whttp://home.att.net/~nathan.wilson/church1.html - in fact you might want to go there now to read it. ~Nate Wilson, Editor
If you have a relationship with a denomination or other mission agency, we encourage you to contact them for specific resources that can help you.
CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD - Tyndale House, 351 Executive Dr., Carol Stream, IL 60188 - A monthly two sided insert with highlights of what God is doing around the world.
FRONTIER SCAN - U.S Center for World Mission, 1605 Elizabeth St,. Pasadena, CA 91104 - A monthly dual-sided insert focusing on the unreached/frontier areas that the Gospel has yet to penetrate
LET THE NATIONS REJOICE - 32 powerful mission hymns and choruses from across the English speaking world. Includes sheet music, CD, and instrumental tracks. email@example.com
DISCIPLETHENATIONS.ORG - Lists of Music and arts resources by Grace Weibe
CALEB PROJECT MOBILIZATION SKITS (15 popular skits) and KID MISSION SKITS (20 creative presentations to take your kids to the world) CalebProject.org (303-703-4170)
WHO WILL FILL OUR SHOES? - 13 dramatic sketches for missions awareness: New Hope, P.O. Box 12065, Birmingham, AL 35202-2065 (205-991-4933)
EE-TAOW! - New Tribes Mission, 407-323-3430 - The #1 missions video. An inspiring story of a missionary who brings the Gospel to an unreached tribal group (30 minutes.)
CHRISTIANVIDEOS.ORG - Lots of lists, Look under "English Christian Videos" for an extensive list a list of mission videos, including profiles of unreached peoples. Christian videos in many languages of the world with the addresses of where to buy them.
BEHIND THE SUN - Gripping, feature-style movie. Only available through Open Doors OpenDoorsUSA.org (949-752-6600)
GOSPEL FILMS - GospelDirect.com (800-253-0413) Feature-style missions films like "The Wait of the World" & "Guess Who's Coming to America," and true-life films like "Bamboo in Winter"
VISION VIDEO - GatewayFilms.com (800-523-0226) Half-hour missionary classics in their catalogue include: "First Fruits," "Peace Child," "The Harvest," and they also have feature-length mission films like "Candle in the Dark," "China Cry," and "Inn of the Sixth Happiness."
FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY - MountCarmel.com (800-272-2442) Current Christian music and videos at wholesale prices, but only for missionaries. They have most of the titles above.
ADVANCING CHURCHES IN MISSIONS COMMITMENT - (ACMC.org) Provides regional conferences and consulting for church mission leaders. Also has a good website and quarterly magazine. Resources include mission conference handbook and mission policy handbook.
ANTIOCH NETWORK - AntiochNetwork.org (602-589-7777) Annual conferences and other resources to provide support and encouragement to local churches who send missionaries.
CALEB PROJECT - CalebProject.org (303-730-4170) Media tools and learning experiences which equip the Church for strategic involvement among unreached peoples.
DESIGN YOUR IMPACT - DualReach.org (949-248-1236) Workshop facilitated by locally-trained consultants that helps church leaders discover their congregationís key characteristics and resources and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church.
PULSE, P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189 (WorldPulseOnline.com) A bi-weekly publication of missions news from around the world.
MISSION FRONTIERS http://MissionFrontiers.org, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104 Published bi-monthly from the U.S. Center for World Mission, focuses on mission strategy particularly among the unreached peoples in the world.
Weekly posting from Doug Lucas of Team
Expansion. Contains about 10 brief descriptions of mission-related
MISSION NETWORK NEWS MNNonline.org The best source on the Internet for daily world news from a Christian perspective.
Let The Nations Be Glad - by John Piper (Baker, 2nd Ed. 2003). The #1 missions book shows from the Bible that missions is all about worshipping God.
The Great Omission (Gabriel, 2nd Ed. 2002) Classic introduction to missions by Dr. Robertson McQuilken. Short and easy-to read.
Unveiled At Last - By Bob Sjogren (YWAM, 1998). The best Bible overview on Missions. Bob's more recent book, Cat & Dog Theology (Gabriel, 2003), helps Christians develop a truly God-centered way of thinking.
Passion For The Heart Of God - By John Zumwalt (Heart of God, 2002). Very fresh, exciting reading; very convicting and challenging, too.
Catch The Vision (Bethany, 1991) and Run With The Vision (Bethany, 1995) - by Bill and Amy Stearns. Very readable and engaging, full of great stories and practical plans for involvement in missions.
Loving The Church, Blessing The Nations (Gabriel, 2003) By George Miley of Antioch Network.
Faith Promise - By Norm Lewis (Gabriel, 1988). Details the practice of faith giving to support missions.
Heroes Of The Faith - A whole series of missionary biographies developed in the 1990's by YWAM Publishing. Highly Recommended.
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (Moody Press, 1932), Classic devotional book based on the life of the pioneering missionary to China.
Peace Child - A modern missionary classic, chronicling Don Richardson's work among the Sawi people of Papua New Guinea (Regal Books, 1975). Don wrote another book, ETERNITY IN THEIR HEARTS (Regal Books, 1985) which shows that every culture in the world has been prepared in unique ways to hear and understand the Gospel.
Bruchko - Bruce Olsen's best-selling autobiography of hair-raising adventures and evangelism in the jungles of South America (Creation House, 1989)
Shadow Of The Almighty - By Elizabeth Elliott (HarperCollins, 1989). Classic missionary biography containing diary excerpts from Jim Elliot, one of the missionaries killed by the Aucas/Waoranis in South America. This book has been compared to the 18th Century diary of David Brainerd in its extraordinary influence on mobilizing young people for missionary service.
From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya - By Ruth Tucker (Zondervan, 1983) The best one-volume encyclopedia of Christian missionaries from the time of Christ to the 20th Century, containing brief sketches of their lives and mission work.
Death Of A Guru - By Ravi Maharaj. (Harvest House Pub., 1986) The story of a Hindu who came to Christ.
And the Word Came with Power - By Joanne Shetler (Multnomah Press, 1992) How God met and changed a tribe in the Philippines through Bible translation.
MARC, 121 E. Huntington Dr. Monrovia CA 91016 (818-303-8811) - Specialized books that address the needs of the poor & marginalized people in the world.
(719-531-3599) - Best source of world maps detailing mission strategy.
OPERATION WORLD by Patrick Johnstone (Paternoster, 5th Ed. 2001) The #1
resource on prayer for the world, this book profiles every country in the world
along with prayer requests from missionaries in each country.
Available as a book, a CD-ROM, and a website: OperationWorld.org
WINDOW ON THE WORLD by Daphne Spraggett with Jill Johnstone (Gabriel, 2001). This is the family edition of "Operation World" with 100 countries and peoples from A - Z in full-color layout.
OPERATION CHINA by Paul Hattaway (Piquant, 2001) Profiles in full color almost 500 distinct people groups and tribes in the world's most populous country.
TOUCH THE WORLD THROUGH PRAYER by Wesley Duewel (Zondervan, 1986) - A modern classic with inspiring stories.
CALEB PROJECT UNREACHED PEOPLES PRAYER GUIDES and UNREACHED PEOPLES PRAYER CARDS (2003) CalebProject.org or call 303 730-4170
GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA 91104 (Global-Prayer-Digest.org) A daily prayer guide for unreached nations & peoples. Comes out monthly in magazine format or daily as a text email.
PRAY! and PRAYKIDS! Magazines, P.O. Box 469085, Escondido, CA 92046 9627 (NavPress.com/Magazines)
PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT - This is the #1 missions course, a 15-week, college-level study on the Bible, the history of missions, missions strategy, and culture. Hosted every semester in local churches - find one near you at Perspectives.org or call 626-398 2125. There are many shortened forms of the Perspectives course, including: WorldWide Perspectives and Perspectives Exposure (Meg Crossman), Discovering and Embracing God's Global Purposes (Caleb Project), Life from God's Perspective (Ken & Martha Shirkey), Path to God's Glory (Joe Marliluke), Catch the Vision (Bill & Amy Stearns), and Vision for the Nations (Stearns and Imboden)
GOD'S HEART FOR THE NATIONS by Jeff Lewis - Top notch introductory Bible study on missions with profiles on unreached people groups. Second Edition 2003 from CalebProject.org (303-730-4170)
SHAPING ETERNITY - Expose your congregation to missions through 5 minute video clips that show the Biblical basis for missions and how ordinary Christians can find a fulfilling part. First class videos and graphics from CalebProject.org (303-730-4170)
EXPERIENCING GOD, by Henry Blackaby (LifeWay, 1990) A life-transforming study that helps you be on mission with God. Deals more with the Christian walk with God than with missions directly, but the application is clearly there.
SEND ME! YOUR GUIDE TO THE NATIONS - Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor (World Evangelical Fellowship, 1999) This workbook is for people who feel called to missions, it is one of the best resources for helping them in the process of getting to the field.
SERVING AS SENDERS by Neal Pirolo (Emmaus Road Int'l.,1991) ERI.org (858.292.7020) - The premiere guide on supporting missionaries - practical teaching and ideas to help Christians serve as "senders." Pirolo finished another book in 2002 on helping missionaries upon RE-ENTRY to their country of origin.
BECOMING A WORLD CLASS CHRISTIAN book & study guide by Paul Borthwick (Gabriel Books, 2000) A practical way to help people think globally & act locally. Paul has also written A Mind for Missions (Navpress, 199?) and several other good books.
UNVEILED: GOD'S HEART FOR HIS PEOPLE by Bob Sjogren - The best video Bible study on missions. http://unveilinglory.com
TEACHER'S TRAINING MANUAL FOR THE "TOP LINE - BOTTOM LINE"
By Bob Sjogren and Jill Harris Manual includes instructional DVD, lesson plans, slides, and CD with slides in digital format.
It is available from http://unveilinglory.com
KIDS AROUND THE WORLD (Caleb Project, 2001) Videos and curriculae help children understand the different cultures around the world from a missionary perspective. (303-730-4170) or CalebProject.org
GOD'S GOT STUFF TO DO (Caleb Project, 2002) Building on the M&M Kids and Kids Around the World curriculums, this extensive package equips teachers to help children find a place of strategic involvement in fulfilling the Great Commission. (303-730-4170) or CalebProject.org
GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX from Wycliffe Bible Translators in Canada (2003) http://www.wycliffe.ca/home/HTML/home.html (800-992-5433) This CD-ROM is packed full of "Bright Ideas" for teaching missions to all ages.
SHORTTERMMISSIONS.COM - Information on short-term missions and a directory of current short-term opportunities.
INTO ALL THE WORLD from Berry Publishing Services, P.O. Box 40519, Pasadena, CA 91114 (626-798-2712) - An annual magazine-style guide to short-term missions.
COMMIT MINISTRIES may be found at http://www.commitministries.com/index.php?pg=44.
AD2000 & BEYOND ADOPTION GUIDANCE PROGRAM - AD2000.org/adoption - A great place to start for information on adopting a people group.
ADOPT A PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE AdoptAPeople.org (708-367-8513) - A clearinghouse of information on unreached people groups & who is working with them.
JOSHUA PROJECT II JoshuaProject.net Another clearinghouse of information on people groups and who is working with them. They have more information on peoples than the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, but fewer tools for developing a program in a church.
CALEB PROJECT CalebProject.org(303-730-4170) Has a fantastic video on people group adoption, called Ordinary People/Extraordinary Love. Also has extensive information on a limited number of unreached people groups, research teams to do field research, and consultants with experience in helping churches impact unreached peoples.
ADOPT A PEOPLE CD-ROM - National Target 2000, PO Box 8501, Perth Business Centre, Perth WA 6849, AUSTRALIA (firstname.lastname@example.org) Clear, 30-step process of adopting and engaging an unreached people group, from gaining an initial understanding of the Biblical mandate for missions to researching an unreached people group to sending missionaries to the field.
Persecution.com (918-337-8015) - Resources on the persecuted church, including a great printed magazine and lots of projects to get involved with.
(800-353-5949) Franklin Graham's agency that offers aid in the name of Christ. Their Christmas shoeboxes are a popular project. They also have a Prayer Point bulletin.
Christian organization focused on action to help the persecuted church.
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL , 3955 Cragwood Dr., CO Springs, CO 80933 Offers a sponsorship program where you can pay a monthly charge to provide food, clothing, and Christian education to a needy child. You get a picture of the child and opportunities to correspond with that child through as translator as well.
Partners International - PartnersIntl.org (800-966-5515) Great reputation.
(205-879-3367) Focus in partnering with Evangelism Explosion.
EHC.org (719-260-8888) Active in about 100 nations.