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Mission and Development

God's Work or Good Works?

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ISBN-13: 9781441108111
Published: 26/01/2012
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This title offers a constructive appraisal of the relationship between secular development and Christian mission, demonstrating the opportunities and problems associated with the work of faith-based organizations. This book considers the implications, consequences, opportunities and constraints faced when mission and development endeavours coincide. This is explored from various perspectives, including that of history, theology and those involved in mission work and missionary organizations. Despite eighty percent of the world's population professing religious belief, religion has been largely excluded from consideration of those seeking to aid development in poorer countries. Moreover, the work of missionaries has often involved the provision of basic welfare services that in many parts of the world predate the interventions undertaken by 'professional' secular aid workers. Are missionaries doing development work or is development a critical aspect of mission?
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'This collection makes a valuable contribution to understanding developments in Christian mission and the links between mission and development activities, mainly in the Pacific island states. The authors write from the perspective of mission organisations associated with a variety of denominations about theology and practice, historical and contemporary engagement with development activities (including service delivery, community development and political movements), the links and distinctions between mission and evangelism, foreign and local churches, mission organisations and donor agencies. They claim that Christian missions make important and positive contributions to the achievement of development objectives but also, importantly, recognise and explore some of the contradictions and challenges.'--Sanford Lakoff

Author Information

Matthew Clarke

Matthew Clarke is Associate Professor and Acting Head of the School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University, Australia.

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