"As is the case with long-established churches, 'mission' churches founded and supported by Northern churches in the South cannot exist without money; but neither do they necessarily thrive if money is available in abundance. Dramatically illustrating and calling attention to this problem, we have in our hands a penetrating discussion of missions and money by Jonathan Bonk, a Canadian Mennonite. A basic argument of this book is that an imbalance in the relative wealth of evangelizer-missionaries and those among whom they work distorts the transmission and inculturation of the Gospel. Professor Bonk makes a cogent argument for this thesis, chiefly as it applies to Protestant missions, and especially to those from North America". -- Foreword, p. ix.
Contents: Preface to the Series / James A. Scherer, Chair, Mary Motte, Charles R. Taber, ASM Series Editorial Committee -- Foreword: Missions and Foreign Money / Walbert Buhlmann -- Foreword: Wealthy Missionaries: an African Viewpoint / Zablon Nthamburi -- Introduction -- Part I: The Context of Western Missionary Affluence -- The Fact and Extent of Western Missionary Affluence -- The Historical and Cultural Context of Missionary Affluence -- The Rational for Missionary Affluence -- Part II: Consequences of Western Missionary Affluence -- Relational Costs of Missionary Affluence -- Communicatory and Strategic Consequences of Missionary Affluence -- Theological, Ethical, and Biblical Considerations on Missionary Affluence -- Part III: The Challenge of Western Missionary Affluence -- Grappling with Affluence -- Notes -- Select Bibliography -- Index.