Urges those on mission to take a new approach
Brings the needs of the lost into focus
Teaches ways churches and mission agencies can more effectively work
Changing the Mind of Missions: Where Have We Gone
Wrong?by James F. Engel & William A. Dyrness
Imagine its 1994, Rwanda. Thousands of Tutsis lie dead, brutally murdered.
Many who killed claimed to be followers of Christ.
And they were, at least according to the commonly accepted definition. They
heard the Word and came forward, but nothing in their lives changed. Their
hatred for other tribes and love for animistic beliefs remained intact. The
thinnest of veneers covered hardened hearts.
The authors, James Engel and William Dyrness, explain that God is a
missionary God who sent His Son into a hostile world. His one-to-one ministry
touched lives in practical, real ways.
Postmodern people dont respond to mass marketing techniques and are often
turned off by seeker-sensitive church services. What they want is personal,
eye-to-eye contact, caring that meets them where they are. And often where they
are is far outside our comfort zone.
Similarly, we need to apply creativity in dealing with other cultures,
stress the authors. They urge readers to take new, creative, more Christ-like
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