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Dr John Dickson is an author and historian, and the Distinguished Fellow in Public Christianity at Ridley College (Melbourne). A busy public advocate for the Christian faith, John also teaches 'Historical Jesus' at the University of Sydney, and is a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2016-2020). He is the presenter of Australia's top-rating religion podcast Undeceptions. He is married to Buff, and they have three children.
Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Shaping of things to Come; The Forgotten Ways; The Forgotten Ways Handbook; Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
He is currently co-writing four books to be released in 2011:
Right Here, Right Now with Lance Ford is being published through Baker Books and will provide a nuts and bolts approach to the missional lifestyle. The appeal is to the average Christian and away from Hirschs traditional leadership audience. On the Verge with Dave Ferguson integrates the missional movement with current models of church in the West. The 2011 Exponential Conference, a conference with the theme by the same name, will utilize this book as a centerpiece to bring missional ideology to established churches. The Permanent Revolution with Tim Catchim will be released at the 2011 Exponential Conference as well. This book elaborates on the apostolic element of mDNA by focusing on APEST, the five-fold ministry model from Ephesians 4, and its significance for the missional movement. The Faith of Leap with Michael Frost is a book concerning a theology of risk and adventure and its implications for church, mission, leadership and spirituality. -Editorial Review.
Charles H. Kraft (Ph.D., Hartford Seminary Foundation) is Sun-Hee Kwak Professor of Anthropology and Intercultural Communication in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California.
He is the author of Christianity in Culture; Deep Wounds, Deep Healing; Defeating Dark Angels; Anthropology for Christian Witness and Communication Theory for Christian Witness. He has served as a missionary in Northern Nigeria, a professor in African languages at Michigan State University and UCLA, and part-time professor of anthropology at Biola University.
Some of his recent popular books include Two Hours to Freedom: A Simple and Effective Model for Healing and Deliverance; Confronting Powerless ChristianityEvangelicals and the Missing Dimension and I Give You Authority: Practising the Authority Jesus Gave us
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Paul Borthwick is senior consultant for Development AssociatPaul Borthwick is senior consultant for Development Associates International and teaches missions at Gordon College in Wes International and teaches missions at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resoenham, Massachusetts. Through his speaking, writing and resource ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to particiurce ministry, Borthwick works to mobilize others to participate in world missions. Previously he served for more than tpate in world missions. Previously he served for more than tC
Vinoth Ramachandra (Ph.D., University of London) has served since 1987 as the South Asian regional secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Scholars, a global partnership of more than ninety autonomous national student movements. An Anglican lay-theologian, he also has an expository and teaching ministry that spans many denominations.
He has written on issues relating particularly to pluralism, globalisation and mission in books such as The Scandal of Jesus; The Recovery of Mission; Faiths in Conflict?; Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World and The Message of Mission.
Peter Corney is a well respected and well known retired Anglican vicar. He pastored St Hilary's, Kew, one of the biggest Anglican Churches in Melbourne and oversaw its growth until his retirement. He is the author of some very practical ministry books for the local church including Change and the Church, Developing Congregations into Caring Communities and The Welcoming Church . He also recently retired as Director of the Institute for Contemporary Christian Leadership at Ridley College in Melbourne.
Evans teaches Old Testament at London Bible College. She is the author of 1 and 2 Samuel in the New International Bible Commentary and Woman in the Bible, and she is a coeditor of The IVP Women's Bible Commentary.