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When Charity Destroys Dignity: Overcoming Unhealthy Dependency in the Christian Movement

Author: Glenn Schwartz

Publisher: Author House, 2007

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From the back cover: “An important message about a crucial issue in missions: how to help churches be self-reliant.  A study book for missionaries, mission leaders and every short-term mission groups.” – Dan Fountain, M.D., MPH, Director Global Health Training Program, King College, Bristol, Tennessee

We Are Not the Hero

Author: Jean Johnson

Publisher: Deep River Books, Sisters, Oregon, 2012

From the back cover: “the author invites you on a learning journey–through Cambodia and other parts of the world–to discover ways to contribute to self-sustaining and reproducing church movements that are organic to the culture.  If you are a student, missionary, churchplanter, missions-oriented churh, or Great Commission-minded disciple, you will find this book both inspirational and valuable to your experience.

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

Author: David A. Livermore

Publisher: Baker Books, 2006

From the back cover: “Short-term mission trips are a great way to impact the kingdom.  Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants.  In this insightful and timely book, David A Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers.  Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas.”

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Mission Trips That Matter:  Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World

Author: Don C Richter

Publisher: Upper Room Books, 2008

From the back cover: “Sometimes we are so busy doing mission trips that we don’t take the time to be mission.  Don Richter encourages us to see mission differently – as a pilgrimage that transcends our personal experiences and connects us with the church’s mission throughout the ages, anchored in the mission of Jesus Christ.” Bob McCarty, Executive Director National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

The Ground of the Unity

Interprovincial Board of Publications and Communications, Moravian Church in America

A doctrinal statement adopted by the Unity Synod of the Unitas Fratrum, or Moravian Church, held at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 13 to 25, 1995.  This document is a revision of a similar statement prepared and approved by the Unity Synod of 1957 which marked the 500th anniversary of the Founding of the Unitas Fratrum, and reviewed by subsequent Unity Synods.  The material contained in the 1957 statement and in this 1995 version of “The Ground of the Unity” and “Essential Features of the Unity” is based on earlier statements about the beliefs and practices of the Moravian Church.

The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living

Formerly known as the Brotherly Agreement of the Moravian Church.

Interprovincial Board of Publications and Communications, Moravian Church in America

This document is an attempt to state in clear arrangement and contemporary form a document which has long served the Moravian Church.  It was adopted in its original form by the Moravian Church at Herrnhut, Saxony as the Brotherly Agreement on May 12 of the year that marked the Church’s spiritual renewal, 1727.  The Covenant was not intended to be a “discipline” forced on the congregation from above, but rather an “agreement” into which the members entered voluntarily.  Most of the Covenant deals with the Christian life, and since it is in terms of everyday life that the Christian witness is often most effectively borne, the document is subtitled “Principles by Which We Live and Bear Our Witness.”

Zinzendorf, the Ecumenical Pioneer: A Study in the Moravian Contribution to Mission and Unity

Author: A. J. Lewis

Interprovincial Board of Publications and Communications, Moravian Church in America, 1962.

The Moravian contribution to Christian mission is described through the Life of Count Zinzendorf

Power from on High

Author: John Greenfield

Publisher: Edinburgh: Marshall, Morgan, and Scott

An account is given of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during a Moravian communion service on Wednesday morning, 13 August, 1727. “Self love and self will as well as all disobedience disappeared and an overwhelming flood of graces swept us all out into the great ocean of Divine Love.” (1927:14)

My Utmost for His Highest

Author: Oswald Chambers

US 1935

Publisher: Barbour Publishing/2007/Hardcover

Oswald Chambers was gifted with extracting the essence of Biblical principles and condensing them into potent, thought-provoking, and life-changing devotions.  They don’t take a lot of time to read, but they can infuse you with the timeless truths of the Bible.

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