Book Study Suggestions

Celebrate World Mission Sunday, Lent or Advent this year by starting a global mission book study at your church or diocese! We highly recommend the books below for groups or individuals interested in studying and thinking about where God is leading us in partnership, reconciliation and accompaniment.



Walking With the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development takes a comprehensive, yet accessible look at theology, poverty and development. This book is for groups who want to go beyond the economics of poverty alleviation to the concept of transformational development in the work that God calls us to do.


Going Global With God. This book inspires us to look at stories and practicalities in the light of theological insight, leading us to a vision of reconciliation in a world of difference. Dr. Presler’s approach is engaging and creative, and a study guide is included for groups or individuals using the book.


When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself shows how some poverty alleviation efforts have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.


Serving With Eyes Wide Open. Taking 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 various cultural contexts, this work helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions.

Our Global Mission Bibliography (PDF):

Click below on our GEMN Global Mission Bibliography (PDF) for a comprehensive list of global mission books, movies and resources.

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