American Society of Missiology Series

The purpose of the ASM Series is to publish, without regard for disciplinary, national, or denominational boundaries, scholarly works of high quality and wide interest on missiological themes from the entire spectrum of scholarly pursuits, e.g., theology, history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, health, education, art, political science, economics, and development, to articulate but a partial list. Always the focus will be on Christian mission.
By "mission" in this context is meant a cross-cultural passage over the boundary between faith in Jesus Christ and its absence. In this understanding of mission, the basic functions of Christian proclamation, dialogue, witness, service, fellowship, worship, and nurture are of special concern. How does the transition from one cultural context to another influence the shape and interaction of these dynamic functions?
Missiologists know that they need the other disciplines. And other disciplines, we dare to suggest, need missiology, perhaps more than they sometimes realize. Neither the insider's nor the outsider's view is complete in itself. The world Christian mission has through two millennia amassed a rich and well-documented body of experience to share with other disciplines.
Interaction will be the hallmark of this Series. It desires to be a channel for talking to one another instead of about one another. Secular scholars and church-related missiologists have too long engaged in a sterile venting of feelings about one another, often lacking in full evidence. Ignorance of and indifference to one another's work has been no less harmful to good scholarship.
The promotion of scholarly dialogue among missiologists may, at times, involve the publication of views and positions that other missiologists cannot accept, and with which members of the Editorial Committee do not agree. The manuscripts published reflect the opinions of their authors and are not meant to represent the position of the American Society of Missiology or the Editorial Committee of the ASM Series.
We express our warm thanks to various mission agencies whose financial contributions enabled leaders of vision in the ASM to launch this new venture. The future of the ASM series will, we feel sure, fully justify their confidence and support.
William J. Danker, Chairperson
ASM Series Editorial Committee

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  1. Bread for the Journey

    Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp

    Wipf and Stock / DEC 2001

    Bread for the Journey stakes out new territory for all who are engaged in the many facts of mission, whether in the urban deserts of the modern United States, working with AIDS sufferers in rural... read more »
  2. Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ

    Ralph Covell

    Wipf and Stock / JAN 2004

    To understand the position of Christianity in China today, one must review and assess the long sweep of the history - over thirteen hundred years - of the Christian faith in China. Confucius, the... read more »
  3. Dictionary of Mission

    Karl Muller, Theo Sundermeier, et al.…

    Wipf and Stock / JAN 2006

    "Conceived and developed by two of Europe's most eminent missiologists, in the country where the scientific and sustained study of mission first took shape, [the 'Dictionary of Mission'] represents... read more »
  4. Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology Today

    James J. Stamoolis

    Wipf and Stock / NOV 2001

  5. Henry Venn--Missionary Statesman

    Wilbert R. Shenk

    Wipf and Stock / JAN 2006

    Henry Venn was born and bred among the British evangelical aristocracy at Clapham. Wilberforce, Grant, Macaulay, Stephen, and Thornton were at the height of their powers -- leading the campaign... read more »
  6. Missiological Education for the Twenty-first Century

    J. Dudley Woodberry, Charles E. Van Engen, et al.…

    Wipf and Stock / JUN 2005

    Thoughtful and original contributions from twenty-one of the world's foremost missiologists, in a volume dedicated to Fuller Seminary's former dean Paul E. Pierson, outline an agenda for mission... read more »
  7. Missions and Unity

    Norman E. Thomas

    Cascade / NOV 2010

    This study is the first comprehensive history of the impact of the modern missionary movement on the understanding of and work toward Christian unity. It tells stories from all branches of the... read more »
  8. Understanding Spiritual Power

    Marguerite G. Kraft

    Wipf and Stock / AUG 2003

    While secularized cultures of the West have a great deal of difficulty dealing with the "spiritual" as a real, non-imaginary dimension of life, most of the world's peoples do not. Having worked and... read more »

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