Suggested Reading for Small Groups: Mission and Service

  • The Hole in our Gospel: the Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World.

“This book is excellent for small group discussion. It provides a fresh look at the gospel that challenges one to a deeper understanding of faith and one’s own call to demonstrate God’s love to a hurting world.”  (from Rev. Judy Ganz, Moravian Board of World Mission)

  • Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence.

“Livermore helps to challenge the assumptions that we take into another culture, providing excellent examples to help us appreciate some of the cultural differences that we may encounter and that we bring. This can be used easily with small group discussion. “(from Rev. Judy Ganz, Moravian Board of World Mission)

  • Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

    “This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.” (reposted from

  • The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

    “The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.”  (reposted from

  • The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

    “In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world… Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and ‘practicing resurrection’ in the forgotten places of our world.”  (reposted from

“This profound and thought-provoking book is one of the classics of modern missionary writing… For in what the author says about the method and content of evangelism; the meaning of the eucharist; and the nature of ministry, we are led back to the question our understandings of the mission of the church in all its contexts. For Donovan, his experiences in Africa meant a total reappraisal of the meaning of his faith, and therefore a rediscovery of his Christianity.”  (reposted from


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