We periodically try to highlight additional resources, other than what you might find here at Multiply, that will be helpful in making disciples. This week we wanted to direct you toward a little book by J.D. Payne called Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration, and Mission.
Up until recently, J.D. was the Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the last several months, however, he has been serving at The Church at Brook Hills as the Pastor of Church Multiplication. If you would like an overview of Strangers Next Door, it was recently reviewed by Mark Morris for the Gospel Coalition, and there he gives a very helpful, but brief, assessment of the book.
Suffice to say, though, if you are someone who wants to have world impact through disciple-making, and be a part of literally making disciples of all nations, then this book is for you. Strangers Next Door outlines how the nations are literally coming to our doorsteps through immigration, and how these people are a part of vast social networks through which the gospel can travel into some of the most dangerous and unreached areas in the world. We would highly recommend picking up a copy today, for the impact it may have tomorrow!
Before moving to Birmingham, J.D. served for ten years with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. While at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, he directed the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting.
Check out J.D.’s blog, Missiologically Thinking