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Serving With Eyes Wide Open

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More than one million people participate in short-term mission projects outside of North America every year--and millions more are involved in domestic cross-cultural missions right here at home. This is encouraging news. But the work is not done. There are...


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More than one million people participate in short-term mission projects outside of North America every year--and millions more are involved in domestic cross-cultural missions right here at home. This is encouraging news. But the work is not done. There are weaknesses in our approach and practice. And these volunteers need resources to help them prepare for effective cross-cultural engagement. Serving with Eyes Wide Open helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions. In three parts, author David A. Livermore will take a broad look at what the twenty-first-century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it takes to adapt effectively to new cultural contexts. Perfect for all who engage in short-term missions trips--either at home or abroad--Serving with Eyes Wide Open will equip readers to serve more sensitively.
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Your passport to learning how short-term missions can best serve Christ's kingdomShort-term mission trips are great ways to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naivet on the part of participants. In this insightful and timely book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas."Every youth worker thinking of leading a short-term trip needs to read this book!"--Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties"A challenging, well-supported, and carefully crafted tool that will transform your missions and service ministries into opportunities."--Chap Clark, professor of youth, family, and culture; Fuller Theological Seminary"Livermore does a terrific job of looking at the world today, asking stimulating questions about our approach to missions, and giving practical insights into cultural intelligence."--Daryl Nuss, international coordinator, National Network of Youth Ministries"Livermore draws on his formal training, personal experience, theological insight, and contemporary research to challenge our cultural understanding of short-term mission experiences and their impact on our service and ministry."--Terry Linhart, assistant professor of youth ministry, Bethel College (Indiana)"This is a must, not only for church mission committees, but for anyone who participates in short-term--or long-term--missions."--Ruth Tucker, associate professor of missiology, Calvin Theological SeminaryDavid A. Livermore is executive director of the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and is cofounder of Intersect, a ministry that provides leadership training and consulting to emerging leaders in ministries around the world.
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"David Livermore is passionate about effective cross-cultural ministry. In this must-read book, he draws on his formal training, personal experience, theological insight, and contemporary research to challenge our cultural understanding of short-term mission experiences and its impact on our service and ministry. This challenge will be resisted by some and welcomed by others, but it's a helpful text that should be widely-used, from local youth ministry groups to seminary classrooms."--Terry Linhart, assistant professor of youth ministry, Bethel College (Indiana)"This is a must, not only for church mission committees, but for anyone who participates in short-term--or long-term--missions. And not just missionaries but everyone who travels and lives abroad. It's a highly readable manual for the 21st century follower of Jesus who is often viewed as an 'ugly American.' The chapter on the use and misuse of the Bible cross-culturally offers a common sense approach that is most insightful."--Ruth Tucker, associate professor of missiology, Calvin Theological Seminary"In Serving with Eyes Wide Open, Dave Livermore has provided a deep and rich resource that will not only enhance our perspective of short-term missions in general, but will help us and those we lead to grow as globally-oriented followers of Jesus Christ. This is a long way from a simplistic 'how-to' handbook, but a challenging, well-supported, and carefully crafted tool that will transform your missions and service ministries into opportunities for lifelong growth in service in the kingdom of God. I will be using this book in classes for years to come."--Chap Clark, Ph.D., professor of youth, family, and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary"Finally! The wave of short-term missions in youth ministry has been wonderful, but not always thoughtful. And many of us have been concerned for years that we've created a monster, doing more damage than ministry. Dave Livermore isn't a short-term missions basher; just the opposite. But Dave wants us to be culturally intelligent and intentional. Every youth worker thinking of leading a short-term trip needs to read this book!"--Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties"Serving with Eyes Wide Open is very insightful and helpful for anyone interested in effective cross-cultural ministry. David Livermore does a terrific job of looking at the world today, asking stimulating questions about our approach to missions, and giving practical insights into cultural intelligence. David's opening analysis of globalization and the church is worth the price of this book."--Daryl Nuss, international coordinator, National Network of Youth Ministries"Some of us live in our own small world; others have a 'global perspective.' The difference is travel, but the result in our understanding of the cultures and needs of our brothers and sisters worldwide can be vast. Dave Livermore's book can be the means of 'filling in the gaps' and extending our perspectives enormously. It's a major antidote to sympathetic ignorance and helps us to help our world in the name of Jesus."--Rev. Dr. Clive Calver, former president, World Relief
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 233968
  • Product Code 0801066166
  • EAN 9780801066160
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Missions
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Apr 2006
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.281kg

David Livermore

David Livermore (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is president and partner of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and author of several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence; Serving with Eyes Wide Open and What Can I Do?: Making a Global Difference Right Where You Are He is a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has consulted with and trained leaders in one hundred countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. www.davidlivermore.com

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