Readings in Mission and World Christianity

Books that any student of mission studies or world Christianity must read.

From time to time, I’ve drawn up lists of the best books for those who are interested in reading about world mission (I’ll link to some of the posts at the foot of this one). I’ve tended to keep my lists fairly short and I’ve never tried to write an exhaustive list. However, Alistair Wilson is made of sterner stuff than I am and he has put together an excellent and very thorough reading list for anyone interested in mission studies and world Christianity.

At this point, I’m not worried if you don’t read the rest of my post; just go and visit Alistair’s blog and bookmark his list.

Do it.


I think that Alistair’s list is excellent. I’ve read just about everything on it and I reckon that all of the books that are there deserve their place. However, if I might be so bold, I think that there are a few books and resources that he hasn’t included that he should have. Here are my additions to his list.

Mission History

Sanneh, L.O., 1989. Translating the message : the missionary impact on culture, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Yates, T., 1996. Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Theology of Mission

Bevans, S.B. & Schroeder, R.P., 2004. Constants in Context, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Kim, K., 2009. Joining in with the Spirit, London: Epworth Press.

Skreslet, 2012. Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and prospects of Missiology (American Society of Missiology) 1st ed., Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

World Christianity

Adeney, M., 2009. Kingdom Without Borders, Nottingham: Inter Varsity Press.

I would also add a further couple of rubrics:

Contemporary Issues in Mission

Smith, D.W., 2003. Mission After Christendom, London: Darton, Longman and Todd.

Stott, J.R.W. & Wright, C.J.H., 2016. Christian Mission in the Modern World, London: Inter Varsity Press.

Regnum-Edinburgh series of online resources (make sure you go for free downloads and don’t pay for the books)


Corrie, J. ed., 2007. Dictionary of Mission Theology, Nottingham: Inter Varsity Press.

Moreau, A.S. ed., 2000. Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, Grand Rapids: Baker Books.

My Earlier Lists (these lists are old and in need of updating – it may – or may not – happen)

Best books on mission

Top Missiology Books

Best Online Missiology Resources

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