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A leading expert in the field of Christian missions encourages the church to recover the apostolic imagination that fueled the multiplication of disciples in the first century. J. D. Payne examines the contemporary practice of Western missions and advocates a more central place for Scripture in defining missionary language, identity, purpose, function, and strategy. He shows that an apostolic understanding of the church's disciple-making commission requires rethinking every aspect of missionary engagement. The book includes end-of-chapter discussion questions and action steps to help pastors and church leaders develop an apostolic imagination.
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|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
J. D. Payne (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian ministry at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He has published thirteen books in the area of mission and evangelism and pastored churches for nineteen years. Payne hosts the Strike the Match podcast and writes frequently at www.jdpayne.org.
Table of ContentsContents
Part 1: Foundations
1. What Is the Apostolic Imagination?
2. Challenges to the Imagination
3. Apostolic Identity in the New Testament
4. Apostolic Function in the New Testament
Part 2: Reimagining Contemporary Missions
5. Reimagining Language
6. Reimagining Identity
7. Reimagining Priority
8. Reimagining Function
9. Reimagining Location
10. Reimagining Strategy
11. Reimagining the West
Conclusion: A Word to Pastors