BMH Books has just released Antioch Revisited: Reuniting the Church With Her Mission, by Tom Julien. This 119-page paperback discusses one of the greatest tragedies of church history: the divorce between churches and their mission.
Julien, a veteran missionary and former executive director of Grace Brethren International Missions, tells the fictional, but true-to-life story of “John,” a missionary who comes to a ministry-changing conclusion: “Missions is not what the church does for the missionary but through the missionary.”
Included in the book is a manual and four-part plan to help bring back together what God meant never to be separated. Useful to missions committees, missions pastors, and those who direct missions education for the local church, it is an outline of the concepts encountered and discussed in the story of “John.”
George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization, says, “This book must be read. I have spoken at hundreds of churches that have left the old paradigm, and now operate in a more Acts 13 biblical way. I hope this book will help you and your church to make the change.”
Dave Guiles, executive director of Grace Brethren International Missions, says, “Tom Julien has mentored a generation of pastors and missionaries in the critical importance of reuniting the church with her mission. I’m excited that his insights are now captured in an engaging manner that will impact many more who long to see the church fulfill her mission in the world.”
Tom Julien is a graduate of Bob Jones University (B.A.) and Grace Theological Seminary (M. Div., D.D.). Tom and his wife Doris served as missionaries in France for 28 years, where they began a ministry at the Chateau de St. Albain, a center for evangelism, training, and church planting. Julien was Executive Director of Grace Brethren International Missions in Winona Lake, Indiana, until 2000. He is currently involved in leadership training.
Antioch Revisited retails for $9.99, and may be obtained online at www.bmhbooks.com or by calling (toll free) 1-800-348-2756. The ISBN number is 978-088469-306-2.