Communication in Mission

Communication in Mission

Global Opportunities and Challenges

Marcus Dean, Scott Moreau, Sue Russell, Rochelle Scheuermann


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Communicating the Gospel—To All People, By All Means 


Communication has always been the heartbeat of God’s interaction with humankind, and without thoughtful communication, mission is not fully effective. With the rise of technology and social media, the church faces a unique set of opportunities. At the same time, our shrinking world presents challenges and requires an increased sensitivity to social, cultural, and geopolitical triggers. 


With case studies that span the globe from Australia and Asia to the Black church and Muslim youth diaspora in the United States, this book closely considers what is working in the twenty-first century and what isn’t. From post-colonial contexts to creative-access countries, this collection doesn’t shy away from today’s complex issues. Communication in Mission pulls together diverse voicessome seem like shouts and others like gentle whispersbut each has an important contribution for all who will listen and learn. 


This synthesis of personal experiences from field practitioners and theoretical concepts from scholars lays a foundation for application, calling for careful and intentional communication in the ongoing work of missions. Full of hope, this book looks forward to the gospel being received as Good News around the globe.  


Marcus Dean:
Marcus Dean (PhD, Trinity International University) is professor of Intercultural Studies and Missions at Houghton College (Houghton New York). For six years he was book review editor for Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Before coming to Houghton College, he pastored and then served for fifteen years in theological education with the Wesleyan Church as a missionary in Colombia and Puerto Rico. |||Scott Moreau (DMiss, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of Intercultural Studies and the Academic Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School. For sixteen years, he was editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and general editor of Baker Books’ Encountering Mission series. He has written or edited over twenty books and three hundred articles, and received numerous recognitions for his writing, teaching, speaking and service to society. |||Sue Russell (PhD, UCLA and La Trobe University) is Professor of Missions and Contextual Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior, she was Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Biola University; and for seventeen years was with Wycliffe in S. E. Asia working with national pastors to complete the translation of the Tagal language Bible. |||Rochelle Scheuermann (PhD Intercultural Studies, TEDS) is an ordained minister and former church planter and has been in higher education for over ten years. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership and is the program director for three master’s programs at Wheaton College. She has co-authored/co-edited three books and authored multiple articles, focusing on preaching and culture, disability and mission, and theology of mission.