A Public Missiology

Somewhere in history, missions came to mean going to another place to share the gospel. Maybe overseas, maybe just to another part of the country, but you had to leave and go to someplace other than where you live. Gregg Okesson writes that though this type of missions is needed, it can lead to neglect of where most people spend their time.

Okesson contends that we should be doing missional work wherever we are, work, the grocery, or anywhere that we are around people. We each have a personal mission field where we can share to gospel, and this field is woven from a complex web of relationships and people. To help with this, he shares how some churches have put this into practice.

I agree with his point that we need to reconsider how missions are defined. Christians are told in the Bible to always be ready to give people an answer when asked about the hope we have in Christ. We shouldn’t limit mission work to “over there.” The one issue I had with the book is its readability. I grew up and still live in a rural area. This book, to me, seems to be aimed at people who are more urban. I could understand the points made, it just seemed to be addressed to a different type of audience.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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