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Prefield Development Reading Assignments

As part of the prefield development journey, each prefield missionary is required to read a minimum of five assigned books. These books should be read thoroughly and brought to the corresponding training event, so that you can demonstrate your comprehension and participate in discussions.

Foundational Required Reading:

  • Cross-Cultural Connections by Duane Elmer ISBN: 9780830823093 (reading this book is a prerequisite for attending Field Preparation Seminar)
  • What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung ISBN: 9781433526909
  • Global Church Planting by Craig Ott, Gene Wilson, and Rick Warren ISBN: 9780801035807 (reading this book is a prerequisite for attending Essential Mission Components)

Additional Required Reading Assignments by Region:

AFRICA

All Countries (except The Gambia And South Africa) Required Reading

  • African Friends and Money Matters by David E. Marantz ISBN: 9781556711176
  • The World of the Spirits: A Biblical Study in the African Context by A. Scott Moreau ISBN: 9789966850911 (Read: foreword, preface, and chapter 4 through the conclusion)

The Gambia Required Reading

  • African Friends and Money Matters by David E. Marantz ISBN: 9781556711176
  • African Religions & Philosophy by John S. Mbiti ISBN: 9780435895914 (Read: introduction and chapters 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, and 20)

South Africa Required Reading

  • Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (video or book) ISBN: 9780743262170
  • People Who Have Stolen From Me by David Cohen ISBN: 9780958470858

LATIN AMERICA

Spanish South America, Central America, and Mexico Required Reading

  • The Gospel According to Rome by James G. McCarthy ISBN: 9781565071070
  • Understanding Latin Americans by Eugene Nida ISBN: 9780878081172

Caribbean Required Reading

  • Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean by Richard S. Hillman ISBN: 9781588266637

Brazil Required Reading

  • The Brazilians by Joseph A. Page ISBN: 9780201441918
  • Behaving Brazilian by Phyllis A. Harrison ISBN: 9780883773154

NORTH AMERICA

Canada Required Reading

  • The Fellowship Story, Our First 25 Years by Dr. J.H. Watt ASIN #: B000W20AUQ
  • Multiculturalism and Immigration In Canada: An Introductory Reader edited by Elspeth Cameron ISBN: 9781551302492

United States Required Reading

  • Planting Fast Growing Churches by Stephen Gray ISBN: 9781889638690
  • Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century by Aubrey Malphurs ISBN: 9780801065149

ASIA

Asia Pacific (excluding Hong Kong) Required Reading

  • One World/Two Minds: Eastern and Western Outlooks in a Changing World by Denis Lane ASIN #: B004MUE2XU

Central Asia

  • Church Planting in Muslim Cities: A Team Approach by Gregory Livingstone ISBN: 9780801056826
  • The Lost History of Christianity by John Philip Jenkins ISBN: 9780061472800

East Asia Required Reading

  • Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China And Changing the Global Balance of Power by David Aikman ISBN: 9781596980259
  • Encountering the Chinese: A Modern Country, An Ancient Culture by Hu Wenzhong, Cornelius N. Grove, and Zhuang Enping ISBN: 9781931930994
  • One World/Two Minds: Eastern and Western Outlooks in a Changing World by Denis Lane ASIN #: B004MUE2XU

Hong Kong Required Reading

  • Under the Shadow of the Dragon by Harry Ambacher ISBN: 9781888796339
  • One World/Two Minds: Eastern and Western Outlooks in a Changing World by Denis Lane ASIN #: B004MUE2XU

Thailand Required Reading

  • The dissertation paper: The Way of Meekness: Being Christian and Thai in the Thai Way by Ubolwan Mejudhon
  • The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges ISBN: 9780692338018

South Asia Required Reading

  • Planting Churches in Muslim Cities by Greg Livingstone ISBN: 9780801056826
  • Encountering the World of Islam by Keith Swartley ISBN: 9780989954501

EUROPE

Balkans (Albania, Croatia) Required Reading

  • Church Planting in Muslim Cities: A Team Approach by Gregory Livingstone ISBN: 9780801056826
  • Balkan Ghosts by Robert Kaplan ISBN: 9780312424930 OR The Balkans: A Short History by Mark Mazower ISBN: 9780812966213

Central Europe (Austria, Czech, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) Required Reading

  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller ISBN: 9781594483493
  • Enemies, Neighbors, Friends by Lonnie R. Johnson ISBN: 9780195100716

Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine) Required Reading

  • The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware ISBN: 9780141980638 OR Eastern Orthodox Christianity by Daniel Clendenin ISBN: 9780801026515 OR Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes by Donald Fairbairn ISBN: 9780664224974 OR Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism by Stamoolis, Packer, Nasif and Horton ISBN: 9780310235392
  • Revolution by Candlelight by Bud Bultman ISBN: 9780880704342

Ireland Required Reading

  • How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill ISBN: 9780385418492
  • Ireland, a History Little by Robert Kee ISBN: 9780349116761

Mediterranean

  • Answering Jewish Objections Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections by Michael Brown ISBN: 9780801060632
  • A Concise History of of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (4th Edition) by Ian J. Bickerton and Carla L. Klausner ISBN: 9780131900042

Western Europe Required Reading (excluding Ireland)

  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller ISBN: 9781594483493
  • Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis ISBN: 9781433502088

OTHER MINISTRIES AND REGIONS

Restricted Access Countries Required Reading

  • Church Planting Movements by David Garison ISBN: 9780974756202
  • Planting Churches in Muslim Cities by Greg Livingstone ISBN: 9780801056826

Translation Ministries Required Reading

  • Translating the Word of God by John Beekman and John Callow ASIN: B000VCHO5Q

Literacy Ministries Required Reading

  • A Guide for Bible Content Adult Literacy Primer Construction by Rice and Johnston ASIN:B0006RQP3S

Global Access Partnerships (GAP) Required Reading

  • Reading will be assigned individually based on where you are going and what you will be doing.