Missions Smart: 15 Critical Questions to Ask Before Launching Overseas by David L. Frazier. For anyone considering long-term missions, this is the first book to read.  In it you will find the basic of topics such as calling, tentmaking, teaming, and counting the cost that are foundation to think through before continuing on the path towards overseas work.  

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty and Suffering without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself by Steve Corbert and Brian Fikkert. Alleviating poverty and suffering is a strong call of the scriptures and a great opportunity for the American church.  Doing this in a way that’s helpful to the people and not harmful is no easy task.  This book is a must for anyone considering work amongst the poor and needy at home and abroad.

When Mission Shapes the Mission by David Horner.  For church leaders, this book is a helpful guide for establishing a missions department within your local church.  It explores the questions of “who to send?” “where to send them?” “how to train missionaries?” and many more questions.

A Vision of the Possible: Pioneer Church Planting in Teams by Daniel Sinclair. As you move along in the process, have sent in an application, are looking to start establishing your team, your platform, and your vision, this book is a great basic guide into all of these areas.

The Sending Church Defined by Zach Bradley. What is the role of a sending church?  Why is it so important Biblically and practically. This book answers these questions and has formed some of the basis for Cornerstone’s desire to not just outsource missions but to be a sending church that is intentional in proactive in our pursuit to develop, send, and multiply overseas workers being sent from our midst.

Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer. Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? “Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us.” The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures.Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. Whether you’re going on your first short-term mission trip or ministering overseas for extended periods, this useful guide is essential reading for anyone who wants to serve effectively in international settings with grace and sensitivity.

Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Sendby J.D. Greear.

Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions by Steven Corbett and Brian Fikkert.



Business as Mission Websites


Sending Agency Websites

  • International Mission Board |The global sending agency of the Southern Baptist Convention has over 4,000 workers worldwide.
  • Crossworld | Crossworld is a leader in Business as Mission endeavors and have opportunities in many areas around the global for job-taking.