From the Roots Up: A Closer Look at Compassion and Justice in Missions takes a close look at missions practice from the view of the local church in the United States, the missionary working in a culture not his or her own, and the indigenous national church. The book examines scriptural mandates and missiological principles in contrast to what has been observed to be actual missions and ministry practice.
Some of the topics covered are issues of holistic and integrated ministry, evangelism and social action, relief and transformational development, the church responding to injustice, donor dilemmas, sustainability and paradigm shifts.
The book challenges churches, missions agencies, missionaries and receiving agencies to examine their own motivations for going and giving and to assess and evaluate what people really want and need before making assumptions about “meeting needs.”
Finally, suggestions are offered as to how effective, sustainable and transformational ministry may be accomplished as the gifting and capacities of each of God’s creation are acknowledged and all are treated with dignity and respect.
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