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Author: Andy Johnson


How the Local Church Goes Global

Who is responsible for global missions?

Even though most Christians will never move overseas, the Bible enlists every Christian and every local church in the grand project of global missions. The local church is the engine of world missions. But where should a church begin?

Churches don’t need a complicated missions program. They need the Bible and the wisdom to know how to apply it. This book points to Scripture and offers practical steps for training and supporting missionaries, forming international partnerships, sending short-term teams, and engaging the nations both at home and abroad.

Part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by David Platt
Introduction: Missions at a Crossroad

  1. A Biblical Foundation for Missions
  2. First Things First
  3. Sending and Supporting Well
  4. Getting the House in Order
  5. Healthy Missions Partnerships
  6. Reforming Short-Term Missions
  7. Engaging the Nations by Other Means

Conclusion: Stepping toward the Nations
General Index
Scripture Index


About the author:

Andy Johnson (PhD, Texas A&M) serves as an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.


“What a helpful book! Andy Johnson has a clear eye on the gospel as he helps us think through the basic principles a sending church needs to have in place before anyone leaves for the field. Drawing on years of experience as a missions pastor, Andy skillfully and winsomely tackles what it means to have healthy mission partnerships. He then helps us think through a number of modern missionary issues: short terms, the international church, and more. I long for every church with a shred of missions interest to read and apply this book.”  ~J. Mack Stiles, pastor; author, EvangelismMarks of the MessengerMack and Leeann’s Guide to Short Term Missions; and Speaking of Jesus

“I am grateful for Johnson’s wise, sensitive, and practical insights for the local church committed to going global. While written by a North American, this book is neither culturally bound nor ethnocentrically blind. The issues addressed apply to any healthy local church anywhere in the world. In other words, Missions is thoroughly biblical. And for this reason, those like me who minister in another culture will find its lessons doable. I heartily recommend it, praying that God will grant it a wide readership, for his global glory.”  ~Doug Van Meter, pastor-teacher, Brackenhurst Baptist Church, Johannesburg, South Africa

“I love this book. I love the way it begins and ends with the glory of God in the gospel. I love the way it places the local church at the center of both sending missionaries and the task of mission. I love the way it’s driven by biblical principles yet full of practical advice. All the ingredients are here to transform the place of world missions in your congregation. World mission is our responsibility, your responsibility.”   ~Tim Chester, Pastor, Grace Church Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire; Faculty Member, Crosslands Training