Jesus does not write a book to transmit the good news to succeeding generations. Instead, he chooses, prepares and commissions a community to make the goal of universal history known.
“Figuratively speaking, when we first encounter the God of the Bible, we see him in work boots and overalls, not a Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops.” This is a book which deserves to be very widely read.
God does not carry out mission by commissioning a roster of individual contractors
Though Jesus was actually sending a community into the world, his words in the Great Commission often have been used as the rationale by which churches send individuals into cross-cultural settings.
The role of mission societies should be to come alongside the congregations with their expertise and administrative structures to equip the church for its missionary task
A link to an excellent talk by Mike Goheen giving an overview of the big picture of the Bible.
Seven world trends, four definitions of mission and eight issues of concern in missiology: the Introcution to Mike Goheen’s book