Eugene Stock, who also wrote the massive 4-volume History of the Church Missionary Society, provides a brief – but nonetheless comprehensive – introduction to Christian missions. My thanks to the Cambridge Centre of Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.
Eugene Stock [1836-1928], A Short Handbook of Missions. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1904. Hbk. pp.214. [Click to visit the download page for this title]
- Prefatory Note
- What is a Mission?
- The Purpose of Missions
- The Motive of Missions
- The Need of Missions
- The Methods of Missions
- The Mission Agencies
- The Missionaries
- The Administration of Missions
- The Support of Missions
- Missions and Governments
- The World’s Population: Races, Languages, Religions
- Non-Christian Religions and Christianity
- Objections and Criticisms
- Seventeen Centuries of the Christian Era
- The Eighteenth Century
- The Nineteenth Century—1801–1840
- The Nineteenth Century—1841–1872
- The Nineteenth Century—1872–1900
- General Progress since 1872
- Results of Protestant Missions
- Some Notable Missionaries
- Some Prominent Native Christians
- Some Auxiliary Helpers of Missions
- Missions of the Greek and Roman Churches
- Mission to the Jews
- Fields to be Worked
- Obstacles to be Encountered
- Opportunities and Resources
- “In This Generation”?
- Edification of Converts
- Building the Visible Church
- Aid for the Daughter Churches
- “I Believe in the Holy Ghost”
- Some Books for Study
- Chronological Table
The last few years have seen a great change in the attitude of the Christian public towards what are called Foreign Missions. There was in the past a great deal of earnest sympathy with them, and liberal support of them, although in comparatively limited circles; but the principles and methods, the history and environment, of Missions, were not systematically studied. It is in this respect that the change is apparent. Old missionaries on their forty or fifth or sixth furloughs say that, as they go about the country to preach and speak in behalf of the cause, they find an intelligent knowledge and appreciation of the work which is new. It is partly a cause and partly a result of this increase of knowledge that missionary books of all kinds are multiplying, and find a ready sale.
But still, for the direction of the study now becoming less uncommon, some more definite guidance seems to be called for…Page v.