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.
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.
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
- A Surprising Discovery
- Family and Mission: Laying a Biblical Foundation
- Families in Mission
- Family and Church
- Growing Family-Centred Churches
- Becoming a Missional Family
- Family Mission in Practice (1)
- Family Mission in Practice (2)
- Families in World Mission: A Unique Challenge
- Epilogue: The Family Is the Path of the Church
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
- Index of Scripture