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“Jean Johnson has, out of her own hard-won experience and copious reading and research, distilled for the rest of us what we might struggle to gather, compile, and make sense of over several lifetimes—a way forward. In we are not the hero, the author presents, in an eminently readable style, church planting gold. She takes on tradition, institutionalism, dependency, and scores of the other enemies of church multiplication in a manner that allows any believer to grasp and apply these crucial issues. This is no ivory tower book of pontification and pronouncement; this is a field manual smeared with mud from the front-line trenches. Get it. Read it. Use it. And see your people, neighborhood, region, even your world, transformed.”
-BRIAN HOGAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, YOUTH WITH A MISSION’S CHURCH PLANTING COACHES; AUTHOR OF THERE’S A SHEEP IN MY BATHTUB: BIRTH OF A MONGOLIAN CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT.
We are thinking missional in our own backyard, while making Western cultural Christianity the way to God around the world. If you plan to do any ministry, at any level, in other parts of the world, this book is for you.
While globalization gives North American Christians unprecedented opportunities to influence the world, we need to take care not to slip into a type of postmodern colonialism in which we make ourselves the experts or the ‘hero come to save the day.’ Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, not to spread Western cultural Christianity or “solve the world” with American dollars.
In We Are Not the Hero, the author invites you on a learning journey—through Cambodia and other parts of the world—to discover ways to contribute to self-sustaining and reproducing discipleship movements that are organic to the culture.
“NEW TESTAMENT GUIDELINES FOR MULTIPLYING CHURCHES LEAP OUT WITH STARTLING CLARITY FROM SHARP, ACTION-PACKED EXAMPLES THAT NEED NO ABSTRACT EXPLANATION. HAD I READ THIS BEFORE GOING TO THE FIELD, I’D HAVE AVOIDED SERIOUS AND PAINFUL CULTURAL ERRORS.”
- DR. GEORGE PATTERSON, ORIGINATOR OF TRAIN AND MULTIPLY AND AUTHOR OF CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION GUIDE.
JEAN JOHNSON SPEAKS FROM REAL-LIFE, HARD-EARNED EXPERIENCE. SHE HAS SEEN FIRSTHAND THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF MINISTRY MEANT TO HELP THE POOR THAT ACTUALLY DEEPENS THEIR POVERTY. HER BOOK PROVIDES IMPORTANT INSIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO DESIRE TO SERVE EFFECTIVELY, ENGAGING BOTH THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR MINDS.
-DR. ROBERT LUPTON, PRESIDENT OF FCS URBAN MINISTRIES; BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF TOXIC CHARITY.
“A TREASURE OF INTERESTING PERSONAL INCIDENTS AS WELL AS THE GLEANINGS FROM OTHER LIKE-MINDED EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF MISSIONS. I ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSE (JEAN’S) BOOK AS A CONVINCING INCENTIVE TO REVIEW OUR MISSION VISION AND TO MODIFY OUR MISSION EFFORTS!”
-STEVE SAINT, MISSIONARY TO THE (ECUADORIAN) WAODANI TRIBE, AUTHOR OF END OF THE SPEAR AND WALKING HIS TRAIL, NARRATOR OF BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR.
Jean Johnson served as a career missionary for sixteen years in Cambodia in the areas of pioneer church planting, on-the-job leadership training, and oral strategies. Presently, she is a missionary with World Mission Associates, promoting church sustainability and multiplication. Jean holds a B.A. in cross-cultural communications from North Central University, Minneapolis, MN, where she had the opportunity to teach as a missionary-in-residence.