On Being a Missionary by Thomas Hale

Hale, a medical missionary in Nepal for 25 years, has written "for everyone who has an interest in missions, from the praying and giving supporter back home to the missionary on the field or about to be," discussing virtually every aspect of missionary life including the call to missionary work, how to prepare for living and working on the mission field, the adjustment to life on the mission field, understanding cultural differences and indigenisation of the gospel, how to deal with culture shock and stress, the missionary's role in the local church and their lifestyle, interpersonal conflict and working on a missions team, the importance of prayer and the Holy Spirit in missionary work as well as maintaining one's focus on the goal of reconciling people to God, and finally the practical issues related to singleness and marriage on the mission field, children, and home visits.

The Missionary Call: Find Your Place in God's Plan for the World by M. David Sills

Sills has produced a wonderful book on the missionary call, what the Bible says about it, thoughts of missions leaders, how to discern one's call, and what to do about it.

Six Dangerous Questions to Transform Your View of the World by Paul Borthwick

Borthwick's book asks questions about who Jesus is, what heaven and hell are, the significance of Christianity, and God's purpose for our lives, causing the reader to re-evaluate their life in light of the answers to these questions. A brilliant book for instilling a heart for missions in the reader.

I Think God Wants Me to Be a Missionary: Issues to Deal With Long Before You Say Goodbye by Neal Pirolo

Pirolo's book contains the stories of four young adults who believe that God has called them to be missionaries, their struggles, and the advice they receive from their pastors. This is a great introduction to issues that should be considered and dealt with before leaving for the mission field. (Available from

Ministering Cross-Culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships by Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin K. Mayers

Lingenfelter and Mayers use the incarnation of Christ as a model for cross-cultural ministry, explaining the need for those in missionary service to be socialized into a new cultural context, becoming what they call 150-percent persons. They examine six pairs of contrasting traits, time versus event orientation, task versus person orientation, dichotomistic versus holistic thinking, status versus achievement focus, crisis versus non-crisis orientation, and concealment of vulnerability versus willingness to expose vulnerability, looking at the Biblical perspective of each and the implications for cross-cultural ministry. This book is absolutely essential for anyone who is serious about entering into ministry in a cross-cultural setting.

Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are DVD series by David Livermore available from

In this DVD series, Livermore describes ten cultural differences and how they affect culture and behavior in the ten largest cultural clusters in the world. While the series is not geared specifically for missions, its content is relevant and helpful in improving one's cultural intelligence.

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper (Many of Piper's books, including this one, are available to download for free here.)

Piper examines missions from the perspective that it is the result of our worship, "the inner stirring of the heart to treasure God above all treasures of the world;" that it is powered by prayer, which preserves His supremacy and brings Him glory; that it is moved forward by the joyful acceptance of suffering, showing the supremacy of God over all else; and that it is necessary in order to reach every people group with the testimony of Christ, that God may be glorified among all nations. Tom Stellar closes the book with an afterword concluding, "There are only two ways for us to respond to the truth we have been considering about the supremacy of God in missions. We must either go out for the sake of his name, or we must send and support such people who do, and do so in a manner worthy of God."

Global Mission Handbook: A Guide for Cross-Cultural Service by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor

A revised edition of Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations, Hoke and Taylor's Global Mission Handbook is an excellent, practical book guiding individuals as they prepare for long-term missionary service. Containing a combination of short articles, worksheets, and narratives of missionaries, the handbook includes chapters on understanding one's personal spiritual formation, the call to missions, ministry identity, cultural sensitivity, training and education, support raising, choosing a sending agency and ministry role, lifelong learning, and finishing well.

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It by Robert D. Lupton

Drawing on his experience in urban ministry in Atlanta, Lupton explains how charitable giving can and often does cause more harm than good to the communities that individuals are wanting to help because, "Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people." Instead, he espouses community development which focuses on working with those in need, identifying and building on local assets, identifying what the local community sees as the most important needs, investing with the poor, developing local leadership, and working at a pace that the community is comfortable with in order to bring about lasting change.

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor... and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Corbett and Fikkert explain that an incomplete definition of poverty in terms solely of material poverty in combination with the God-complexes of the materially non-poor and the feelings of inferiority of the materially poor lead to harm being done to both the materially poor and non-poor. They articulate strategies to develop policies and programs that will help a community by addressing both broken systems and broken individuals using a highly relational approach.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility by Duane Elmer

Elmer raises the point that servanthood is culturally defined and looks at how missionaries can portray the servant spirit in a way that will be seen and valued by local people. In the first half of the book, he explains the steps in becoming a servant: openness, acceptance, trust, learning, understanding, and serving. Elmer goes on to look at the need for humility, the proper exercise of power in service to others and the importance of walking in faithful obedience even when we are unaware of God's purposes, concluding with an examination of Joseph as an example of humble servanthood.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, edited by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne

How to Be a World-Class Christian: Becoming Part of God's Global Kingdom by Paul Borthwick

Prepare for Battle: Basic Training in Spiritual Warfare by Neal and Yvonne Pirolo

Life and Work on the Mission Field by J. Herbert Kane

Encountering Missionary Life and Work: Preparing for Intercultural Ministry by Tom Steffen and Lois McKinney Douglas

The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends by Michael Pocock, Gailyn Van Rheenen, and Douglas McConnell


Living Overseas: A Book of Preparations by Ted Ward

Home Away From Home: Turning Your International Relocation Into a Lifetime Enhancement by Beverly D. Roman


Serving as Senders Today by Neal Pirolo

Pirolo describes the need for a strong support team for missionaries, not just in terms of finances and prayer support, but in moral support, logistical support, communication support, and re-entry support. Written primarily to those who will form the support team, instructing them how to most effectively support their missionaries, the book is also excellent for missionaries who are developing their support team, helping them to anticipate their needs and plan accordingly by building a team that will support them in all these areas. (Available from


Friend Raising: Building a Missionary Support Team that Lasts by Betty Barnett

Barnett explains how to build a support team by developing relationships which are based on generosity, communication, and mutual prayer. Her book combines principles of support raising with personal testimonies and practical tips and includes a list of related resources and various forms for self-evaluation, budgeting, and record-keeping.


The God Ask by Steve Shadrach

Shadrach, the Executive Director of the Center for Mission Mobilization, which sponsors Support Raising Solutions Bootcamps, guides prospective missionaries through the process of support raising, first examining the biblical foundation for raising support to work in ministry, then discussing all the steps to work through to raise full support. His strategy is based on being confident of one's calling and having a right perspective, keeping focus on the vision for the ministry, then dealing with the nitty-gritty of setting aside several months of full-time work namestorming, developing a presentation, and arranging for face-to-face appointments with those you are asking onto your support team. He closes the book with a short description of the ongoing responsibility to maintain relationships with one's supporters. Included in the appendix are Bible study suggestions and support-raising worksheets and templates.

People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Funds by William P. Dillon

Dillon, the founder of Inner City Impact and People Raising, a ministry that provides fundraising training for missionaries, begins by helping his readers to develop a healthy attitude toward fundraising. The bulk of the book explains the twelve steps of fundraising which include identifying prospective donors, keeping records, making appointments, conducting visits, and mainting contact. He concludes the book by giving a donor's perspective, discussing the role of a coach in fundraising, and stressing the importance of prayer in the process.

Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising by Pete Sommer


Never Do Fundraising Again: A Paradigm Shift from Donors to Lifelong Partners by Ken Williams, Ph.D. and Gaylyn R. Williams


Funding Your Ministry: An In-depth Biblical Guide for Successfully Raising Personal Support by Scott Morton


Facing Danger: A Guide Through Risk by Anna E. Hampton

Hampton seeks to develop a biblical understanding of risk in order to increase the resiliency of cross-cultural workers from a risk-averse culture and reduce attrition rates. Stressing the need to look to God in times of risk and highlighting the Holy Spirit as our advocate to come alongside us and help us through risk, Hampton also looks at emotions in risk situations and gives practical information on stewardship in risk situations and preparation for risk situations. Additionally, she discusses the importance of shepherding people in the way that Christ modelled. Hampton's website Better Than Gold contains further resources including a list of risk myths, book lists and articles for additional reading, risk videos, resources for developing a theology of risk, information on the Risk Assessment and Management Training that Hampton and her husband offer, and more.


Western Christians in Global Mission: What's the Role of the North American Church by Paul Borthwick

Borthwick addresses the role of the church of the West, particularly the North American church, in light of the nine challenges that he identifies in the modern world. Initially examining the state of the church both in the West and in the Majority World, he goes on to discuss how the Western church can be involved in global mission by building relationships and partnering with the church in the Majority World.


Operation World by Jason Mandryk

The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone

Mission Handbook: U.S. and Canadian Protestant Ministries Overseas edited by Linda J. Weber


Evangelical Missions Quarterly

Established in 1964, Evangelical Missions Quarterly publishes four issues each year on a wide variety of topics relevant to missions. No longer offering a print version of the magazine, a subscription to the online periodical includes access to previous issues.

There are a tremendous number of books available in the area of missions preparation. We hope to update this list regularly. 

Following is the book list from the Calvary Chapel Bible College School of Missions.

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson

Bold as a Lamb: Pastor Samuel Lamb and the Underground Church of China by Ken Anderson

Business As Mission: The Power of Business in the Kingdom of God by Michael R. Baer

Dorothy Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey by James R. Beck

Christian Heroes: Then and Now series by Janet and Geoff Benge

Vision for God: The Story of Dr. Margaret Brand by Margaret Brand and James Jost

The Gift of Pain by Dr. Paul Brand with Phillip Yancey

The Small Woman (life of Gladys Aylward) by Alan Burgess

Daylight Must Come: The Story of Dr. Helen Roseveare by Alan Burgess

The Gobi Desert: The Adventures of Three Women Traveling Across the Gobi Desert in the 1920's by Mildred Cable

Vision for God (life of Isabel Kuhn) by Carolyn Canfield

Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy by Marie Chapian

Killing Fields, Living Fields by Don Cormack

Mountain Rain: A Biography of James O Fraser, Pioneer Missionary to China by Eileen Fraser Crossman

Torches of Joy: Dynamic Story of a Stone Age Tribe's Encounter With the Gospel of Jesus Christ by John Dekker

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards

A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot

The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

Before We Kill and Eat You by H.B. Garlock

By My Spirit by Jonathan Goforth

Climbing by Rosalind Goforth

How I Know... God Answers Prayer by Rosalind Goforth

Once Caught, No Escape: My Life Story by Norman Grubb

C.T. Studd: Cricketer and Pioneer by Norman Grubb

Distant Fields by Jed Gourley

Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees: The Adventures of an American Surgeon in Nepal by Dr. Thomas Hale

Acquainted With Grief: Wang Mingdao's Stand for the Persecuted Church in China by Thomas Alan Harvey

William Carey: The Pioneer of Missions to India by Per H. Jones

Re-Entry: Making the Transition from Missions to Life at Home by Peter Jordan

Second Mile People by Isobel Kuhn

By Searching by Isobel Kuhn

In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn

Ascent to the Tribes by Isobel Kuhn

Nests Above the Abyss by Isobel Kuhn

Precious Things of the Lasting Hills by Isobel Kuhn

Stones of Fire by Isobel Kuhn

Green Leaf in Drought by Isobel Kuhn

Incessant Drumbeat: Tragedy and Triumph in Irian Jaya by Mary Beth Lagerborg

Foreign to Familiar by Sarah A. Lanier

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary by W. P. Livingstone

God Spoke Tibetan: The Epic Story of the Men Who Gave the Bible to Tibet by Allan Maberly

David Livingstone: The Truth Behind the Legend by Rob Mackenzie

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold by David McCasland

In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

A Story of Grace by Phil Metzger

The Autobiography of George Muller by George Muller

Humility by Andrew Murray

Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper

High Adventure in Tibet: The Life and Labors of Pioneer Missionary Victor Plymire by David Plymire

A Foreign Devil in China by John Pollock

The Cambridge Seven by John Pollock

Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson

Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson

Peace Child by Don Richardson

Evidence Not Seen by Rose Darlene Deibler

Digging Ditches: The Latest Chapter of an Inspirational Life by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Give Me This Mountain by Dr. Helen Roseveare

He Gave Us a Valley Living Fellowship by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Living Holiness by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Living Sacrifice by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Living Fellowship by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Living Faith by Dr. Helen Roseveare

Enough by Dr. Helen Roseveare

End of the Spear by Steve Saint

And the Word Came With Power by Joanne Shetler and Patricia Purvis

Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman by Brian Sibley

Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story by Patricia St. John

Hudson Taylor in the Early Years: The Growth of a Soul by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission: The Growth of a Work of God by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Howard Taylor and Gregg Lewis

God's Grace to Nine Generations by James Hudson Taylor III

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Amazing Love by Corrie Ten Boom

Defeated Enemies by Corrie Ten Boom

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker

At the Foot of the Snows: A Journey of Faith and Words Among the Kham-Speaking People of Nepal by David E. Watters

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Jeff Jackson of Shepherd Staff Ministries has generously shared a recommended reading list for missions.

Recommended Reading:

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker

A Concise History of the Christian World Mission by J. Herbert Kane

A Biblical Theology of Missions by George W. Peters

A Mind for Missions by Paul Borthwick

Six Dangerous Questions by Paul Borthwick

Ministering Cross-Culturally by Lingenfelter

Operation World 2001 by Patrick Johnstone

The Great Omission by Robertson McQuilkin

The Great Omission by Steve Saint

On Being a Missionary by Thomas Hale

Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

Friend Raising by Betty Barnett

Re-Entry by Peter Jordan

Serving as Senders Today by Neal Pirolo

Getting Sent by Pete Sommer

We Cannot But Tell by Ross Tooley

Witnessing to This Generation by Roger Oakland

Inspirational Reading:

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Greg Lewis

Faithful Witness (William Carey) by Timothy George

Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot

Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger

Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Gladys Aylward by Jane and Geoff Benge

The River God Forgot by Jim and Janice Walton

Resource Books:

Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner

Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson

Great Commission Handbook (Magazine) by Bill Berry

Fishers of Men (Re-Entry Guide) by Lisa Espineli Chinn

Personal Growth Books:

Your God Is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan

Journey of Desire by John Eldredge

31 Days With the Master Fisherman by Larry Moyer

A Future and a Hope by Jon Courson

Resource Books and Publications:

Calvary Chapel Magazine

Mission Frontier

Evangelical Mission Quarterly

World Pulse

Language Acquisition:

Language Acquisition Made Practical by Thomas Brewster

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale provides their list of required and recommended reading for their missions preparation class:

Mandatory Reading:

The Bible

Calvary Chapel Distinctives by Chuck Smith

The Grace Awakening by Chuck Swindoll

Living Water by Chuck Smith

Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses by Andrew Murray

On Being a Missionary by Thomas Hale and Gene Daniels

The God Ask by Steve Shadrach and Scott Morton

Serving as Senders Today by Neal Pirolo

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Recommended Reading:

Operation World by Jason Mandryk

Spiritual Equipping for Mission by Ryan Shaw

The Making of a Man of God by Alan Redpath

Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

Redemption by Mike Wilkerson

Calvary Chapel Scripture Reference Guide

The Extra Mile:

Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Cultures by Darrow Miller

Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper

A Wind in the House of Islam by David Garrison

Honor and Shame: Unlocking the Door by Roland Muller

The Insanity of God by Nik Ripkin

Radical by David Platt

The Missionary Handbook by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor



Missions   Resource  Connection

Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.


While our primary focus is to missionaries and senders within the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, we welcome all to glean from this collection of missions resources.

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