You may know of the book Mission as Transformation by Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugdenm, a collection of 25 articles, conference reports and papers documenting the last 25 years of Evangelical work on the theme of transformation and holism in mission.
- Freedom as Development: Christian Mission and the Definition of Human Well-being
- Christian Theology on Setting Goals for International Development
Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
by Bryant L. Myers
The purpose of the book, in Myers’ own words, “is to describe a proposal for understanding the principles and practice of transformational development (positive material, social and spiritual change) from a Christian perspective. It is my intention to try to bring together the basic streams of thinking and experience. The best of the principles and practice of the international development community needs to be integrated with the thinking and experience of Christian relief and development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Then these two streams of experience need to be informed and shaped by a biblical framework for transformational development.”
Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel
by Ronald J. Sider
Promotes an authentic, biblical faith and suggests ways to combine evangelism with social action for effective witness in today’s world.
Gospel, Culture and Transformation
by Chris Sugden
“Mission as Transformation” has become a mainstream definition of mission in orthodox Christian circles, especially in the Two-Thirds World and among those involved with ministry to the poor. Gospel, Culture and Transformation explores the practice of mission especially in relation to transforming cultures and communities. This stirring book studies mission in the context of the work of leading Indian mission theologian, Canon Dr. Vinay Samuel.
- Frontier Ventures (previously US Center for World Mission)
- Mission Training International (MTI)
- International Journal of Frontier Missions
- Mission as Transformation
- Transforming Missions
- Trends in Missions
- 12 Theses on Kingdon Servanthood for Post-Communist Europe – Kuzmic
- Ignite a Spiritual Revolution
- International Christian Concern – Indonesia Trip – Persecution of Christians
- Missions in the 3rd Millenium
- More Cross Currents in Missions
- Omega Model of Missions
- The 10-40 Window
- Time – Western Missionaries in Muslim Context
- Toward Century 21 – Educating People for God’s Mission
- Insights from Peter Kuzmic
CHURCH AND SOCIAL CONCERN
Below are some resources I have found helpful in getting students started in thinking about the church and social concern. It is important that the church become more concerned for both society at large and we should enlarge out understanding of obligation to both neighbor and community.
- Word Made Flesh, an organization which serves many poor and vulnerable populations using a holistic approach
- World Vision Resources, several good resources for pastors who want to equip their congregations with practical tools for ministry
- Transformation Journal, OCMS’s scholarly journal
- Food for the Hungry International, an organization which practices the the Samaritan Strategy
- Book Review of Transformation as Mission
This article was written for the journal Transformation (and is quoted above). Willmer questions some of the premises of the book and asks questions about how we balance the “already/not yet” dynamic of the future reality of the Kingdom of God with the present reality of our humanity and contemporary society.
- Selected bibliography on evangelization and social concern
This is a selective bibliography, recommended and originally published by Transformation journal (1999).
God of the Empty-Handed: Poverty, Power & the Kingdom of God
by Jayakumar Christian
“Jayakumar Christian argues that in order to provide sustainable solutions to powerlessness, poverty and oppression, it is critical to challenge and redefine power from the perspective of the kingdom of God. Only when we realise that we are all ’empty-handed’ before God can broken relationships be restored.”