• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)
  • MISSION FOCUS:

    2024 Mission Focus: Welcoming the Stranger





    Bible Study
     

    Who is the Stranger Bible Study
    The Strangers in Our Midst Bible Study



    Resources
     


    Building Lasting Bridges: An Updated Handbook for Intercultural Ministries, by Kathryn Choy-Wong, Lucia Ann McSpadden, and Dale M. Weatherspoon. With much of our media focused on divisiveness, this book helps readers understand the unity available through Christ, regardless of our backgrounds. Available via Judson Press.

    7 Creative Models for Community Ministry, by Joy F. Skjegstad. A practical guide for church leaders seeking to engage their congregations with the community. The author offers step-by-step instructions on seven ways to structure transformational community ministry. She also provides insights on assessing gifts and passions within the church and how to find a good fit between the church body and the community. Examples of how churches have implemented each model and pitfalls to avoid are included. Available via Judson Press.

    Church on the Move: a Practical Guide for Ministry in the Community by G. Travis Norvell. What is your church doing to make a real difference in others’ lives? That’s the theme of this book. Moving from the pews and into the community to welcome strangers and move toward renewal and social justice. The book provides practical ways for the church and individuals to begin implementing this movement. Available via Judson Press.

    Authentic Evangelism: Sharing the Good News with Sense and Sensitivity, by William Powell Tuck. Evangelism is an indispensable part of the church. But how does the church effectively share the Good News in a world full of strife? Taking into account today’s contemporary influences, the author offers practical ideas to help churches be evangelists with greater sensitivity and effectiveness than ever before. Available via Judson Press.

    Making Room: a Study of Biblical Hospitality, by She Reads Truth, a nonprofit organization of Christian women around the world. This helpful and free guide offers 14 lessons in biblical hospitality. Lesson 9 focuses on “Making Room for the Stranger,” but other lessons would also be useful. https://shereadstruth.com/plans/making-room-a-study-of-biblical-hospitality/

    Making Room Study Book, by She Reads Truth. This is the full-length resource to accompany the study above. The description says in part this book will help us, “. . . see what Scripture has to say about making room for others—our neighbors, the poor, our betrayers, strangers, widows, orphans, children, and more.” https://www.shopshereadstruth.com/products/making-room-study-book

    Welcoming the Stranger Guide, (World Relief) by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang. A free, downloadable guide to help individuals and church groups respond to immigration from a Christian perspective. https://worldrelief.org/guide-welcoming-the-stranger/

    Welcoming the Stranger, by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang. This book offers “a Christian response to immigration.” The authors debunk myths and works to clarify misconceptions about the current immigration processes. Available on Amazon.


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