Amplify Mission Library

Recommended titles to inspire and equip you to live on mission.



The Facilitator Era: Beyond Pioneer Church Multiplication by Tom Steffen. This conversationally written book explores the shifting trends in global mission paradigm. It presents an optimistic view of the role people of all ages and professions can play in the mission landscape today.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, Editors.

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity by Philip Jenkins. This scholarly, yet accessible, book paints a riveting picture of major shifts at play in the Global Church.

Church Unique by Will Mancini. Some churches realize that they need greater clarity on their overall mission, values, and strategy. Church Unique provides a helpful template.

Bridges of God: A Study in the Strategy of Missions by Donald McGavran. Sheds light on the process of how peoples become Christian and helps direct the attention of those who love the Lord to the highways of the Spirit along which His redemptive Church can advance.

When Everything Is Missions by Denny Spitters and Matthew Ellison. In an age of deconstruction and rethinking, the Church should not be surprised to find itself confused by words like mission, missions, and missionary. Some struggle to redefine these categories and some seek to reclaim them, while others reject them outright, with or without providing new terms to guide us forward.

The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission by Lesslie Newbigin. Aimed at bringing contemporary concerns in mission theology to a wide-reading public, this volume flows from Newbigin’s extensive experience in the mission field and from lectures developed especially to prepare men and women for missionary service. Newbigin describes the Christian mission as the declaration of an open secret—open in that it is preached to all nations, secret in that it is manifest only to the eyes of faith.




Serving the Vulnerable


When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. This excellent resource vividly illustrates how much of our well-intentioned financial giving and volunteering have done more harm than good. It is a must-read, especially for churches engaging in compassion ministry.




Cultural Adaptation


Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David Livermore. This book challenges a lot of the presuppositions North Americans bring to global mission work, ultimately adding knowledge to the short-termers zeal.

Short-Term Missions Workbook: From Mission Tourists to Global Citizens by Tim Dearborn.

One World, Two Minds: Eastern and Western Cultures in a Changing World by Dennis Lane. This short book is helpful for North Americans working in East Asian fields.

Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation by Jason Mandryk.




Wesleyan Voices


World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit by Darrel Whiteman. 

The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker by Howard A Snyder. This analysis of Wesley’s strategy for renewing the church offers inspiration to those working to bring about that renewal.

Yes in Christ: Wesleyan Reflections on Gospel, Mission, and Culture by Howard Snyder.

The Use of the Old Testament in a Wesleyan Theology of Mission by Gordon Snider. 

Journey to a Better Way: A Wesleyan Perspective on Doing Mission Better by John Bailey.