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OCMC News - Missions Bibliography

by Fr. Luke Veronis (Posted 9/11/2008)

The following books, journals, and magazines contain information on the history, philosophy, and practice of Orthodox missions. Many of these publications can be found at Orthodox booksellers like Light & Life Publishing or Conciliar Press

Missiological Books

  • A History of Christian Missions, by Stephen Neill.
  • Alaskan Missionary Spirituality ed. by Michael Oleksa.
  • Changing the Mind of Missions: Where Have we Gone Wrong? by James Engel and William Dyrness.
  • Contextualization: Meanings, Methods and Models by David J. Hesselgrave and Edward Rommen.
  • Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology Today, by James J. Stamoolis, Light & Life.
  • From Earth to Heaven: The Apostolic Adventures of St. Innocent of Alaska by Monk Andrew Wermuth (St. Herman of Alaska Press).
  • Indications of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven by St. Innocent, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands.
  • Keys of the Kingdom by A.J. Cronin.
  • Language Acquisition Made Practical by E. Thomas Brewster and Elizabeth S. Brewster.
  • Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem by Jonathan Bonk.
  • On the Edge of the World by Nikolai Leskov.
  • Operation World by Patrick Johnstone
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader ed. Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne.
  • Psychology of Missionary Adjustment by Marge Jones.
  • Raising Resilient MKs: Resources for Caregivers, Parents and Teachers ed. Joyce M. Bowers.
  • Re-Entry: Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home by Peter Jordan.
  • Saint Nikolai Kasatkin and the Orthodox Mission in Japan, ed. Michael Van remortel and Dr. Peter Chang.
  • St. Paul?s Methods or Ours by Roland Allen
  • Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds by David Pollack and Ruth Van Reken.
  • Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Missions by David J. Bosch.
  • World Shapers: A Compilation of Missionary Quotes
Missiological Journals and Magazines
  • INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH (IBMR): One of the most serious missiological journals which offers a scholarly and practical perspective of missions. Ecumenical in nature (Archbishop Anastasios is one of the contributing editors), yet covering every perspective involved in missions today. This Bulletin comes out quarterly.
  • INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MISSIONS: This is the missiological quarterly of the World Council of Churches. While its focus is ecumenical missiology, it also gives a voice to other perspectives, such as those from Pentecostal and Evangelical theologians.

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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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