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Global Mission Bookshelf

Welcome to our Global Mission Bookshelf! See below for our recommended global mission books and resources, or view GEMN’s annotated Global Mission Bibliography (PDF).

GEMN’s Global Mission Favorites



When Helping Hurts challenges us to look more closely at how we do mission in various contexts.


Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles. Landmark book on modern Africa.


Building Communities From the Inside Out is the classic text on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

Books By GEMN Members & Friends



Waging Reconciliation, by missiologist Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut, addresses our understanding of the role of mission in a global community.


Going Global With God, by Canon Dr. Titus Presler describes the changing shape of mission activity in a less institutionalized and more differentiated world.


A Pastoral Response to Haitian Voudou by The Rev. Kesner Ajax of the Diocese of Haiti, for those who want to better understand ministry in Haiti and its particular challenges.

Global Mission Movie Suggestions




Gandhi, with Ben Kingsley: a must see film. An engrossing, reverential look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who introduced the doctrine of nonviolent resistance to the colonized people of India.



Romero, with Raul Julia. This powerful movie documents the life and assassination of the Catholic Archbishop of El Salvador Oscar Romero.



The Mission, with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons;  Still well worth watching to ponder questions of mission and colonialism.



Our bibliography is drawn from our Global Mission Agent Formation Program, Asset-Based Community Development, recommendations of our members, books by GEMN friends and members, and new additions to the literature of global mission. Is there a book that you would like to see listed? Please let us know by email at gemn@gemn.org.

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