Modern Missionary Movement

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A History of Missions course taught by Howard Culbertson at Southern Nazarene University

Course resources

I like Ralph Winter's easy-to-remember, over-simplified 400-year eras of missions history. Here's how he breaks down the history of world evangelism over the last 2000 years:

  1. 0-400 AD Winning the Romans: Evangelizing the empire of the Caesars
  2. 400-800 AD Evangelization of the Barbarians [ read more ]
  3. 800-1200 AD Evangelization of the Vikings [ read more ]
  4. 1200-1600 AD Evangelization of the Saracens / Muslims
  5. 1600-2000 AD Evangelization of the Ends of the Earth [ read more ]

Researcher David Barrett has also divided that same period into five eras of global outreach. Approaching it from a statistical point of view, his epochs of missions history are a little different from those of Ralph Winter:

  1. 30-500 AD The Apostolic Era (Luke and Paul)
  2. 500-1750 AD The Ecclesiastical Era (Cosmas Indicopleustes and Francis Xavier) [ read more ]
  3. 1750-1900 AD The Church Growth era
  4. 1900-1990 AD The Global Mission era (John R. Mott and Kenneth Grubb)
  5. 1990- present The Global Discipling era

from "Five Statistical Eras of Global Mission" by David Barrett, published in Missiology, January 1984

Video viewing guides

Sample assignments

Links

Links to missions resources on the Internet

Zinzendorf's world outreach prayer

German Count von Zinzendorf pushed the Moravians into becoming a major world missions force in the 1700s. John Wesley translated some of his written prayers from German into English. Here is one with a world evangelism flavor:

"My dearest Savior! We beg of you this same blessed look, this same irresistible look, which you always fix on the souls who like to look upon you, who like to receive you, who are ready to share your wounds, and who are even prepared to die for you.

"May all souls on earth, high and low, rich and poor, yearn for your look. And let us on our part testify amongst those we meet to your sacrificial love, that the number of those who succumb to your look may grow and grow. Indeed, we promise that we shall not rest until we are able to look upon you, and say: 'Lord, we have filled every place in heaven, by bringing every soul on earth under the bright light of your love.'"

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Want to visualize history better?

NextThere's been some great films made of missions heroes and great moments in missions history. [ read more ]

Other SNU missions course resources and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics   Mexican Field Studies    Missions Strategies    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
 
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