A Public Missiology: How Local Churches Witness to a Complex World

A Public Missiology: How Local Churches Witness to a Complex World

by Gregg Okesson


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Christianity Today 2021 Book Award Winner (Missions/Global Church)

How can Christians witness to the complexity of our world? Gregg Okesson shows that local congregations are the primary means of public witness in and for the world. As Christians move back and forth between their churches and their neighborhoods, workplaces, and other public spaces, they weave a thick gospel witness. This introduction to public missiology explains how local congregations can thicken their witness in the public realms where they live, work, and play. Real-life examples from around the world help readers envision approaches to public witness and social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098079
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,168,576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gregg Okesson (PhD, University of Leeds) is dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and the Ira Gallaway and D. M. Beeson Professor of Leadership Development, Mission, and Evangelism. He previously served in East Africa as a church planter, educator, and administrator.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Public Witness
1. Why Congregational Witness?
2. What Publics? Where Publics?
3. The Missio Dei—a Thick, Public Story
4. What Is Public Missiology?
5. Thick Congregational Witness
Part 2: Congregations and Public Witness
6. How to Study Congregations
7. Thick Doxology and Witness to Land—Africa Brotherhood Church, Machakos Kenya
8. Thick Place and Witness to Montreal—St. Jax Anglican Church, Montreal
9. Thick Identity and Witness to All Nations—Bethel World Outreach Church, Nashville
Conclusion: How Local Churches Witness in a Complex World
Appendix Public Missiology: A Brief Introduction by the Public Missiology Working Group

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