Out of the Comfort Zone
It's Time to Transform Global Missions
Respected missionary and Christian leader George Verwer sums up his life experience with mission work—as a sender, a doer and a trainer—and talks straight about what is really needed in missions in the 21st century. To get the job done, mission workers and organizations need a grace-awakened approach. No longer should mission agencies compete with each other or dwell on minor theological differences. In Out of the Comfort Zone Verwer identifies the key elements for working together to win lost souls for Christ.
Mission agencies have different strategies, and even within a mission or church there can be tension and division over strategy and details of how things should be done. Must we be so dogmatic on matters that the Bible is not clear about? Can't we accept that God works in different ways among different groups of people? The work of God is bigger than any fellowship or organization."
George Verwer has managed to write a book that is humble and hard-hitting at the same time. He doesn't pull any punches in his heart's cry for a 'grace-awakened' approach to mission, and wants to cut through any superficial 'spirituality' that may be lurking inside you. His approach to mission is down-to-earth, honest and thoroughly biblical. After 40 years of experience in mission George Verwer is still learning and open to change-and he expects no less of you.
He shows how many Christians have the feeling that someone else will take care of it and have a vague, detached and unrealistic attitude to what mission is about. This book will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and adjust your view of how missionary work is being done. George Verwer is known throughout the world as a motivator and mobiliser.
Out of the Comfort Zone should only be read by those who are willing to accept God's grace, catch His vision and respond with action in the world of mission. George Verwer is the founder and International Director of Operation Mobilisation. He has an international preaching ministry around the globe.
"...it would make a great study for a small group interested in a biblical approach to world evangelization." -- Church Libraries, Summer 2001
"Senders, trainers, supporters and missionaries will all benefit from accepting Verwer's challenge." -- Christian Retailing Magazine, January 8, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
George Verwer is the founder and International Coordinator of Operation Mobilisation which is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship training and church planting. George has a burning concern for vital, propagating and revolutionary Christianity in his own life and in those he meets. Saved at the age of 16 in a Jack Wyrtzen meeting in which Billy Graham spoke in Madison Square Garden, New York, George returned to his school in northern New Jersey. Within a year about 200 of his classmates had found a relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ. George had a growing conviction to share the Word of God on foreign soil. He started with distribution of Gospels of John in Mexico along with two friends. This continued with others during summer holidays - beginning in Mexico in 1957. Attending Maryville College after high school, he transferred to Moody Bible Institute where he met a girl, Drena, who was a fellow student and later became his wife. They were led together in discipling young Christians while concurrently carrying out a rigorous programme of world evangelism. George and his wife, Drena, have three adult children. They make their home in England, the international headquarters of OM. George shares the Christian revolution of love and balance right around the world. He starts at home emphasizing the need to worship God, to live in fellowship with one another by walking in the light, and live a disciplined life of victory as forgiven, repentant, Cross-centered Christians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.