Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches)
“In Missions, Andy Johnson argues that the church glorifies God not only in working to gather true worshipers from all peoples, but also in using the means he has outlined in Scriptures to fulfill those ends. Because there is much debate about what missions is, how to do missions, and who is a missionary, Johnson spends a great part of the book helping us find answers that are rooted in scriptural commands, examples, and principles. If you desire to do missions in a way that only God gets the glory, youll want to read this book and pass it around to others who love God and love to see unbelieving people become followers of Jesus Christ.”See All
Juan R. Sanchez
senior pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; author, 1 Peter for You
“The church has been tasked with the mission of making disciples of all nations. Too often the local church is pulled in several directions without a clear guiding vision for its mission efforts. As a pastor, I am grateful for Andy Johnsons book because it helps church leaders to develop a plan for their mission pursuits that is well-intentioned instead of ambiguous and proactive instead of reactionary. I highly recommend this book to all church leaders who desire a well-thought-out vision for engaging the nations with the gospel.”See All
lead pastor, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas
“A seasoned missions pastor, Johnson hands out insightful, practical guidance to help churches reshape their missions strategies more biblically and faithfully. Especially valuable is his emphasis on the role of the local church, too often underplayed in missions circles today. I will eagerly hand this book out to all our church leaders and missionaries.”See All
senior pastor, The United Church of Dubai
“As a pastor, I could not be more thankful for this book by Andy Johnson. Although books on missions abound, this one fills a void felt by any local church trying to discern how best to be involved in taking the gospel to the nations. Not only does it lay a much-needed foundation and framework for missions; it also answers the practical questions that inevitably arise. Both challenging and helpful, particularly for local church leaders, it is the book Ive been looking for since I first began my pastoral ministry. I will make it available and encourage every member to read it.”See All
J. Josh Smith
lead pastor, MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
“This book is biblical, thoughtful, challenging, encouraging, and gospel-centered. I really appreciate the way Andy Johnson emphasizes two main points: (1) the Great Commission continues to be the priority of the plan of redemption, and (2) pastors of local churches and their members must embrace this call because it is their primary responsibility rather than the role of missionary agencies. In addition, Johnson helps churches know how to make the missionary enterprise more Bible-based and therefore more God-honoring. The application of the teachings of this book should revolutionize the long- and short-term mission programs of most local churches.”See All
senior pastor, International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; president and founder, Wisdom & Integrity Ministries
“Andy Johnson has given us a doctrinally sound yet highly practical blueprint to guide the local church in going global in the twenty-first century. I pray that this volume will be widely circulated among pastors and lay leaders.”See All
pastor, Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama
“In an increasingly post-Christian society, you may feel the mission pinch. How can we give our time, energy, attention, finances, and personnel to global missions when the needs are so great, and growing, here at home? If you feel buried in local needs, this short book may be exactly what you need to lift your head to Gods international work and glory, open your eyes to the global cause in which we minister, and expand your heart to be more like his. Perhaps what your busy and bruised church needs is precisely a vision and passion for what God is up to around the world and not just around the corner. Cultivating a heart for Gods global glory and sending our best people and resources into his cause will not detract from ministry at home. It will make it powerful and real.”See All
executive editor, desiringGod.org; pastor, Cities Church, Minneapolis; author, Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
“Johnson has given the church a gift in this practical guidebook for launching, sending, and sustaining missional endeavors in your local church. Every believer should read this book!”See All
lead pastor, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee
“Andy Johnsons plain-spoken book is rooted in Scripture and informed by his wealth of experience both in pastoral ministry and in many forward-operating bases of gospel advance. This book answers a plea for help I often hear from churches that want their missions program to be more than a line item in the budget or a map filled with pins. This book helps churches to effectively and joyfully engage in Gods worldwide mission!”See All
executive director, Frontline Missions International; author, Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the Worlds Difficult Places
“I love this book. I love the way it begins and ends with the glory of God in the gospel. I love the way it places the local church at the center of both sending missionaries and the task of mission. I love the way its driven by biblical principles yet full of practical advice. All the ingredients are here to transform the place of world missions in your congregation. World mission is our responsibility, your responsibility.”See All
pastor, Grace Church, Boroughbridge, United Kingdom; faculty member, Crosslands; author, Good News to the Poor and Mission Matters
“I am grateful for Johnsons wise, sensitive, and practical insights for the local church committed to going global. While written by a North American, this book is neither culturally bound nor ethnocentrically blind. The issues addressed apply to any healthy local church anywhere in the world. In other words, Missions is thoroughly biblical. And for this reason, those like me who minister in another culture will find its lessons doable. I heartily recommend it, praying that God will grant it a wide readership, for his global glory.”See All
Doug Van Meter
pastor-teacher, Brackenhurst Baptist Church, Johannesburg, South Africa
“What a helpful book! Andy Johnson has a clear eye on the gospel as he helps us think through the basic principles a sending church needs to have in place before anyone leaves for the field. Drawing on years of experience as a missions pastor, Andy skillfully and winsomely tackles what it means to have healthy mission partnerships. He then helps us think through a number of modern missionary issues: short terms, the international church, and more. I long for every church with a shred of missions interest to read and apply this book.”See All
J. Mack Stiles
author, Evangelism; Marks of the Messenger; Mack and Leeanns Guide to Short Term Missions; and Speaking of Jesus
Who is responsible for global missions?
Even though most Christians will never move overseas, the Bible enlists every Christian and every local church in the grand project of global missions. The local church is the engine of world missions. But where should a church begin?
Churches don‚Äôt need a complicated missions program. They need the Bible and the wisdom to know how to apply it. This book points to Scripture and offers practical steps for training and supporting missionaries, forming international partnerships, sending short-term teams, and engaging the nations both at home and abroad.
Forward by David Platt.