SUGGESTED READINGS

The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures by Jayson Georges


To enhance your ministry among the nations, learn how the Bible speaks to cultures of guilt, shame, and fear. Western theology emphasizes forgiveness of sins, but people in the Majority World seek honor or spiritual power. In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel of God's innocence, honor, and power. Is your gospel 3D?



A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Many missionaries these days are raising their own support to go on the mission field. It doesn’t have to be the grueling task of begging for money. This book helps understand the spirituality of fundraising.


 

The God Ask: A Fresh Biblical Approach to Personal Fundraising by Steve Shadrach

A Biblical approach to inviting others to join the Lord in what He is doing.


Both of these books are great autobiographical reads! Dr. Sam James served with the International Mission Board for over 50 years. Many of the experiences he writes about help us all understand more clearly how the call of a missionary is about ‘being not doing’. In these books Dr. James shares life and death experiences of his time in Vietnam during wartime but also his continued service once God moved him to around the world and even now, to his current call to his kitchen at home.


 

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and John Perkins

Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good.


 

When Everything Is Missions by Danny Spitters and Mathew Ellison

Matthew Ellison and Denny Spitters call us to refocus our gaze on the gospel and the Great Commission. They assert that thinking must come before doing and shape our world mission practices and priorities. When Everything Is Missions is for church and ministry leaders and all who look to clarify their own answers to questions like these:



Church Planting by the Book by Elbert Smith

Church Planting by the Book explains church planting in the first-century church and seeks to understand how Scripture can be applied to modern church plants. With its focus on the churches of Acts 2, Church Planting provides readers with a scriptural example of healthy churches and provides unique insight for modern church planters.



For more reading suggestions, visit our Pastor Bill Elliff's website that has all of his books available to purchase or download.

billelliff.com