Consuming Mission: Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage
New book on Mission and Evangelism from one of WME’s own.
Rob Haynes, WME Director of Education and Leadership, has a new book that provides key insights for anyone involved in evangelism and mission, particularly short-term missions.
Short-term mission trips are commonplace in American church life, yet their growth and practice has largely been divorced from theological education, seminary training, and mission studies. Consuming Mission takes important steps in offering a theological assessment of the practice of short-term mission and tools for subsequent mission training.
Using relevant academic studies and original focus-group interviews, Haynes offers important insights into this ubiquitous practice. While carefully examining the biblical and historical foundations for mission, Consuming Mission engages more contemporary movements like the Missio Dei, Fresh Expressions, the Emergent Church, and Third-Wave Mission movements that have helped shape mission.
Haynes uses original field research data to gather the implicit and explicit theologies of lay and clergy participants. Cultural influences are significantly influencing short-term mission participants as they use their time, money, sacrifice, and service, applied in the name of mission, to purchase a personal growth experience commonly sought by pilgrims. The resulting tensions from mixing mission, pilgrimage, and tourism are explored. Haynes offers important steps to move the practice away from using mission for personal edification.
Consuming Mission is already catching the attention of leaders in Mission and Evangelism:
“At last, a scholarly work that lays bare the realities of the mission trip industry, both the benefits and blemishes. Haynes leads us toward a much-needed foundation of mature theology to undergird this third wave of global missions. Excellent.” –Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity‚
“Combining rich theological reflection along with empirical, ethnographic data, Haynes offers a critical look at how the church can develop and engage short term mission as part of the missio dei. There is no other work currently available that does more to bring together the growing research on short term mission with theological resources at the service of the church than Robert Haynes’ work.” –Brian Howell, Wheaton College
Consuming Mission is available for pre-order on Amazon here.