Journal of Applied Missiology, Volume 1, Number 1


APRIL, 1990

Ed Mathews, Editor

God is doing amazing things. The iron curtain has been raised. The Berlin wall has come down. Marxist-Leninist ideology is being repudiated. Countries long considered closed are slowly opening.

These are exciting developments. More are likely to surface tomorrow!

The church is poised for a fresh burst of evangelistic enthusiasm. Money is being raised to support mission efforts that until recently seemed impossible. People are volunteering to go where few if any have gone during this century.

Indeed, these are exciting times. Yet, more than excitement is needed to generate and sustain mission efforts that will glorify God with souls converted and churches planted.

"It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way" (Proverbs 19:2).

Hence, as never before, those interested in missions need sound missiological moorings for the work ahead. The Journal of Applied Missiology speaks to this need. Each issue will contain current principles of cross cultural evangelism that have been developed by the best thinkers in the business.

The Journal of Applied Missiology will inform present and potential missionaries and their supporters of contemporary strategies for successful mission work. The academic discipline called MISSIOLOGY gathers the thinking of theology, history, church growth, anthropology, evangelism, psychology, and research into a body of effective cross cultural principles. The Journal of Applied Missiology will encourage the application of these principles to the realities of the mission field.

Those who believe that the Gospel must be preached to every creature, who understand their task as completing what the Lord set out to do, will find themselves encouraged, stimulated, challenged, and equipped by this and subsequent issues of the Journal of Applied Missiology.

Your comments and questions are welcome. May God bless all of us in finding and folding the lost for His sake.


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