Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Here is our pick for the top eight books. They probably should be required reading. If your church doesn’t have a specific training program for ministry candidates, this reading slate should provide a skeletal for newbie candidates. There are lots of other good books that should be required in the training process. See Propempo’s recommendations here on the website.
Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper — this provides the biblical foundations for everything missions in the big picture of the glory of God.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer — this provides a biblical perspective on the essential nature of the Gospel and God’s gracious role in salvation
Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung — this provides a clear mandate to get going in obedience and wisdom toward ministry goals
Don’t Waste Your Life, Jn Piper — this provides stimulus to plan for direct involvement in strategic ministry, spending your life for God’s purposes
HERE to THERE: Getting From CROSS to Your Mission Field, David Meade — this provides a practical pathway from initial commitment in missions to actual departure for the field
Test, Train, Affirm, & Send Into Ministry, Brian Croft — this provides an argument and pattern for church leaders to approve and launch people into ministry
Serving As Senders, Neal Pirolo — this provides a pattern for developing a strong support team behind the candidate as they prepare to go out
When Helping Hurts, Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert — this provides important practical wisdom to an area that often trips up workers on the field in developing countries/regions
Besides missions-specific training, these eight will be a strong platform for building further training and preparation skills for the field. Our goal in Propempo is not simply to see a whole bunch of green-horn, ill-informed, ill-equipped, over-zealous, proud, ethno-centric workers foisted on the experienced workers and national believers across the world. Our goal is to see confirmed, skilled, well-equipped, well-supported, humble, wise, servants go out to strategic involvement in establishing and building strong biblical indigenous local churches among the unreached peoples of the world.