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Strangers Next Door


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Table of Contents

1. Immigration, Migration and Kingdom Perspective
2. What in the World Is God Doing?
3. The World's Unreached in the West
4. Migration and Kingdom Expansion, Part 1
5. Migration and Kingdom Expansion, Part 2
6. Migration and the West, 1500-2010
7. Students on the Move
8. Refugees on the Move
9. Stories from the Field
10. Guidelines for Reaching the Strangers Next Door
11. A Suggested Strategy for Reaching the Strangers Next Door
12. Diaspora Missiology: A Conclusion or Just the Beginning?
Appendix 1: Unreached People Groups in the United States and Canada (Global Research)
Appendix 2: Unreached People Groups in the West, Excluding the United States and Canada (Global Research)
Appendix 3: Unreached People Groups in the West (Joshua Project)
Scripture Index

About the Author

J. D. Payne (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the pastor of church multiplication for The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He has pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana and served as a seminary professor for a decade. The author of several books and articles, Payne also serves as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal.


"I found Payne's book a very helpful attempt to look at mass migration from a Christian perspective and believe that it can be a useful resource for Christians and churches seeking to reach out in love to migrant communities."--Phillip Scheepers, Vox Reformata, 2016
"Payne's work is informative and compelling, presenting fascinating data and inspiring anecdotes. Furthermore, it offers practical strategies for local churches seeking to reach the 'stranger next door.'"--Church Libraries, Winter 2012-2013
"As migration continues and grows, churches must adjust to not only reach their communities but also fulfill their calling of missions. Payne provides an excellent rationale, vision and strategy for just that."--Aaron Davis, On Mission, Summer 2015
"For a fairly slim volume, this book has a wide scope, a hallmark of InterVarsity Press. In its target of a university-aged audience, it tends toward both the academic and practical. Its versatility includes grounding in scripture, technical definition of terms without being encyclopedic, spiritual depth, historical breadth, relevant present-day stories, sound statistics, and the book's applicability."--Allen Yeh, Religious Studies Review, Volume 39, No. 3, September 2013
"With this work J. D. Payne effectively reminds us that 'the world' can sometimes be right on our doorsteps. . . . I highly recommend this book to church leaders and individuals who are keen to think through the implications of being Christ's witnesses in our multi-cultural society."--Vox Reformata, 2013
"Payne's book is an important and much-needed clarion call for evangelicals first to see the opportunity for missions that the Lord has sovereignly brought to our doorstep and second to engage these unreached people groups among us with a thoughtful, long-term strategy."--John Wind, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 17.1, 2013
"Written in a popular and accessible style, Payne passionately argues that human mobility and migration are inextricably linked with God's divine purposes."--Matthew Krabill, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 37, No. 2

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