About the Book
Invites readers to embrace the language of exile and imagine a hopeful mission of the scattered church in the post-Christian West.
Many Christians in the West sense that traditional Christian teaching is losing traction in the public square. What does faithful Christian witness look like in a post-Christian culture?
Paul Williams, the CEO of one of the world's largest and oldest Bible societies, interprets the dissonance Christians often experience while trying to live out their faith in the twenty-first century. He provides constructive tools to help readers understand culture in myriad contexts and offer a missional response. Williams calls for a truly missional understanding of post-Christendom Christianity whereby local churches are reimagined as embassies of the kingdom of God and Christians serve as ambassadors in all spheres of life and work.
This book invites readers to embrace the language of exile and imagine a hopeful mission of the scattered and gathered church in the post-Christian West. It shows a clear pathway for fruitful missional engagement for the whole people of God, helping Christians make sense of the world in which they live, more authentically integrate faith with everyday life, and orient all of their efforts within God's missional purpose for the world.
From the Back Cover How to Be Ambassadors of Hope in a New Babylon
"This book comes at a most important time, when orthodox Protestant believers in particular are struggling. In some ways it is the age-old problem of how to relate Christianity to culture, but in other ways we are faced with some unique challenges--namely, how to engage not merely a pre-Christian or a non-Christian but a post-Christian society. Williams's book helps us avoid the twin dangers of being too at home in or
too withdrawn from our culture. We are exiles, but exiles on mission. Highly recommended."
, pastor emeritus, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Williams wants church leaders to prepare marketplace congregants for fruitful, faithful engagement in contemporary culture marked by three all-too-rare characteristics: the emotional maturity for coping with our status as exiles, the spiritual rootedness required for eschewing comfortable assimilation, and the deep understanding of our culture's beliefs, values, motivations, affections, and rituals that will enable our witness to 'translate' to nonbelieving neighbors and coworkers. Exiles on Mission
calls us to a far deeper and more intentional discipleship and provides fresh insights and tools for that journey."
--Amy L. Sherman
, author, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
"Exiles on Mission
is a passionate plea to rethink our calling as the people of the church, 'sent' by God into every sphere of our society as we go about our daily work. This book will be core in our training of church-planting pastors and their leader teams as they seek to embrace and embody the truth and love of the gospel in cities around the world."
--Katherine Leary Alsdorf
, founder, Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work; interim director, City to City's Global Faith & Work Initiative; cowriter with Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor
"I experienced so many 'aha!' moments reading Exiles on Mission
. Williams has written a perceptive, challenging, and ultimately hopeful account of how Christians everywhere can be the transformational community Jesus calls us to be."
, host, Unbelievable?
radio show and podcast
About the Author Paul S. Williams
(MA, MSc, Oxford University; MCS, Regent College) is CEO of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He is also research professor of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College in Vancouver and is an honorary professor at Alphacrucis College in Australia. His teaching has gained a worldwide audience through his ReFrame series, an innovative video curriculum that has been used at prominent conferences and colleges and by faith-at-work organizations. Williams was formerly chief economist and head of international research for DTZ, a multinational real estate consulting and investment banking group, and has worked as an economic policy advisor for the European Commission. He lives in the Cotswolds, near Oxford, England.