Evangelism, Compassion, and Mission(s)
Jerry Ireland shares biblical principles and best practices for compassion in missions
When compassionate missions stand apart from evangelistic efforts and apart from the work of the local church, the uniquely redemptive role of the Church is either diminished or lost altogether,” writes Dr. Jerry Ireland in For the Love of God.
“Therefore, missionaries must find ways to engage in compassion in ways that are more directly linked to the evangelistic calling of the Church.”
In this episode of the Influence Podcast, I’m talking to Dr. Ireland about the relationship between evangelism and compassion in the Church’s mission. I’m George P. Wood, executive editor of Influence magazine and host of the Influence Podcast.
Dr. Ireland is chair of the Intercultural Studies and Ministry, Leadership, and Theology departments at the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. An ordained Assemblies of God minister and former missionary to sub-Saharan Africa, he is author of Evangelism and Social Concern in the Theology of Carl F. H. Henry and editor of For the Love of God: Principles and Practice of Compassion in Missions.
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