David J. Hesselgrave

I believe that Christian mission primarily consists of the proclamation of the gospel, the conversion of unbelievers and nonbelievers, and the gathering an discipline of converts in local churches—all of this worldwide but especially among unevangelized peoples in unreached areas.

David J. Hesselgrave (1924-2018) was Professor of Mission, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois and cofounder (with Donald A. McGavran) of the Evangelical Missiological Society. An ordained minister and in the Evangelical Free Church of America, he served as a missionary in Japan for twelve years. Most recent among his published books is Paradigms in Conflict: 15 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today, Second Edition (Kregel, 2018); more of his publications can be found here.


Paradigms in Conflict

15 Key Questions for Christian Missions Today

Paradigms in Conflict

The fog of pluralism and tolerance has settled over the Great Commission, forming new clouds of doubt over age-old questions. Does a loving God really send sincere people to hell? Isn’t there some good in all religions? Why must Jesus be the only way? 

Veteran missiologist David Hesselgrave tackles ten pressing issues that missionaries and students of missions face today. Using Scripture, social sciences, and history, he provides solid and satisfying answers to tough questions and concludes that the future of Christian missions depends more on the changes we do not make than on the changes we do make.


Around the Web

"5 Missions Books That Belong on Every Pastor's Bookshelf"
International Mission Board, Ivan Mesa | July 6, 2017

"Hope for the Future: Three Imperatives from David J. Hesselgrave"
The Exchange, Ed Stetzer | March 4, 2013

"The Authority of Scripture and the Christian Mission: A Closer Look"
The Exchange, Ed Stetzer | February 6, 2013

"Did Cape Town 2010 Correct the 'Edinburgh Error'? A Preliminary Analysis"
Southwestern Journal of Theology | Fall 2012

"David Hesselgrave on Holistic Mission and the Evangelical Consensus"
The Exchange, Ed Stetzer| March 27, 2012

"Influential Missiologist David Hesselgrave Receives Lifetime Service Award"
Christian Post, Michelle A. Vu | September 22, 2012

"My Pilgrimage in Mission"
International Bulletin of Missionary Research | July 2011

"Mission, Described and Defined: A Discussion around MissionSHIFT"
The Exchange, Ed Stetzer | January 2011

"What Happens When Apostles Disagree?"
Missio Nexus | April 1, 2010