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ISBN: 9781783688104
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 14
Publication Date: 30/06/2020
Pages: 268
Language: English

Family in Mission

Theology and Praxis


Innumerable books have been written about successful outreach and evangelism, yet almost none address the centrality of the family as God’s intended vehicle for experiencing life, community, and growth. In this timely and powerful book, Johannes Reimer urges us to rediscover the family as a primary agent for mission in the world. Offering both a theological and practical foundation for understanding the role and significance of families in the vocation of the church, this book also provides creative ideas for implementing a family-centered praxis that offers preparation and support to families living out their calling to make Christ known.

To ignore the family, Reimer warns, is to ignore the church’s greatest resource for transmitting truth, communicating love, and embodying the gospel. If we are to be effective in making disciples of all nations, we must start in our own homes.

Author Bios

Johannes Reimer

JOHANNES REIMER was born and raised in the Soviet Union. As a young convert to Christianity, he spent two years in a labour camp in the east of modern day Russia. Today, Dr Reimer teaches Missiology and Intercultural Theology at the University of South Africa (UNISA), from where he gained his DTh, and the Ewersbach University of Applied Arts in Germany. He is the Global Director of the Peace and Reconciliation Network of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).


Dr Johannes Reimer’s book is a long overdue work on the important subject of family. It is a must-read for every Christian and especially those in leadership of churches and mission organizations, who have shifted the emphasis of faith and praxis to the individual.

CB Samuel
Theological Advisor,
Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Commission of Relief (EFICOR)

This book is an incredibly important piece with the author’s deep insights about the relation between God’s mission, church, and family. Dr Reimer has a gift of incorporating contemporary issues and problems of the global church with revealing answers in the Holy Scriptures, understanding missio Dei and emphasizing role of local churches.

Vladimir Ubeivolc, PhD
President, Beginning of Life NGO
Senior Pastor, Life to the World Church, Chisinau, Moldova

Dr Reimer is asking an overarching question: when it comes to the current scholarly discussion regarding mission and evangelism, why is it that our families are not included whatsoever? Considering my experience as a pastor and theologian in Latin America and all the biblical and theological insights Dr Reimer presents here, it is puzzling and somewhat shameful that we haven’t given the attention this crucial issue deserves. The Christian family is God’s trinitarian gift, his intelligent design for the salvation of the world, and the most natural place for mission. Thus, Dr Reimer is right – family and mission belong together.

Rubens Muzio, PhD
SEPAL (OC International) Missionary
Professor, Faculdade Teológica Sul Americana (FTSA), Londrina, Brasil

Thoughtful, scriptural, and thought provoking, this accessible book is brimming with theological and practical insights. It is a breath of fresh air in mission literature by looking at the family as the indispensable missional unit of the church and advocating for its place of primacy in the evangelistic outreach activities of the whole people of God.

Parush R. Parushev, PhD
Rector, St Trivelius Theological Institute, Sofia
Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Study Centre, Amsterdam

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Abbreviations
  3. A Surprising Discovery
  4. Family and Mission: Laying a Biblical Foundation
  5. Families in Mission
  6. Family and Church
  7. Growing Family-Centred Churches
  8. Becoming a Missional Family
  9. Family Mission in Practice (1)
  10. Family Mission in Practice (2)
  11. Families in World Mission: A Unique Challenge
  12. Epilogue: The Family Is the Path of the Church
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index of Names
  15. Index of Subjects
  16. Index of Scripture