Van Engen, Charles God’s Missionary People: Rethinking The Purpose of the Local

(Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Books, 2001) 223 pages, paperback, $16.99. Obtain from Baker Books, P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287.

Van Engen has hit a home run. His view of the relationship of the church to mission is clear and compelling. The author examines the biblical reasons the essence of the Church cannot be seperated from her commission in mission to world. Any Christian interested in the true identity and mission of the church needs to read this book.