History of the Modern Missionary Movement

As is the case with most of our present day life, today’s approach to missions is a result of the history behind it. Here is a rapid-fire, over-generalized overview of the modern missionary movement…


In summary, from this background, one can see how the Great Commission exists today in its modern effort to convert individuals without sensitivity towards poverty, culture, church, community, indigenous leadership, or personhood. However, as you may be aware, the last half-century has been a push against this paradigm. Evangelical Christianity has shifted towards a more holistic approach to evangelization (especially brought forth by the Majority World) that reconnects evangelism and social action. As you will see in “The Global Shift of World Christianity,” the Western world owes a debt to Majority World leaders, who have illuminated a more holistic view of the Christian life.



The Missionary Movement in Christian History by Andrew Walls

The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History by Andrew Walls

Transforming Mission by David Bosch

A History of Christian Missions by Stephen Neill

History of the World Christian Movement, Vol 1 and 2 by Dale Irvin and Scott Sunquist