The Facilitator Era
Some time ago, Ralph Winter brilliantly identified three eras of modern missions: Era 1: William Carey focused on the coastlands; Era 2: Hudson Taylor focused on the inlands; Era 3: Donald McGavran and Cameron Townsend focused on unreached peoples. With...
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Some time ago, Ralph Winter brilliantly identified three eras of modern missions: Era 1: William Carey focused on the coastlands; Era 2: Hudson Taylor focused on the inlands; Era 3: Donald McGavran and Cameron Townsend focused on unreached peoples. With all the fast and furious changes swirling around us today in twenty-first century missions, have we entered a Fourth Era? If so, who are the people primarily involved? How are they selected? How are they trained? How long do they serve? Has the Third Era ministry focus--reaching the unreached--changed? If so, to what? Are there any successful case studies out there? Have McGavran and Townsend passed the baton to a new leader(s)? If so, to whom? This book seeks to answer these and related questions.Contributors include:Dr. Ben Beckner?Dr. Monroe BrewerDr.?Don FinleyMike GriffisDr. Gary Hipp, MDJerry HogsheadKaikou Maisu?Judy Manna?Kenn Oke?Dr. A. Sue RussellDr. Robert Strauss?Peter Swann?Bryan ThomasDiane Thomas?Dr. Mike WilsonDr. Sherwood G. Lingenfelter
Tom Steffen (D.Miss., Biola University) is professor of intercultural studies at Biola University and director of the doctor of missiology program. Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is the author of a number of missionary texts including Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions; Reconnecting God's Story to Ministry: Cross-cultural Storytelling at Home and Abroad; Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry and Passing the Baton: Church Planting that Empowers.