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BookTALK: PTS Community Series

This guide contains resources that complement the PTS Community Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library

Library & Online Resources

Hunter Farrell (doctor of anthropology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) joined the staff of Pittsburgh Seminary as the Director of the World Mission Initiative (WMI) in 2017. He has been a professor in DR Congo, coordinator of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s mission work in East and West Africa, community organizer addressing issues of poverty and justice in Peru, and director of World Mission for the PC (USA) in Louisville. He has published articles in periodicals including MissiologyThe Journal of Latin American Theology, and Christianity Today.


Bala Khyllep is the associate director of the World Mission Initiative of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Bala grew up in Northeast India. He belongs to a Khasi people group, which is an indigenous group that was evangelized by the Welsh Presbyterian missionaries back in the 1840s. He attended Shillong College, India, for his Bachelor of Science; Serampore College, India, for his Bachelor of Divinity (equivalent to M.Div.); and Princeton Theological Seminary for his Master of Theology. Prior to joining WMI, Bala co-pastored a church along with his wife in Britton, South Dakota. Bala enjoys working with people from different cultures and he is excited for the opportunity to engage churches in the area and students at PTS in global and cross-cultural mission.

Read an excerpt of Hunter and Bala's book Freeing Congregational Mission at 



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These books are not currently in the Barbour Library collection. The links below will take you to either (which supports local bookstores) or, where you can purchase the book.

Haynes, Robert Ellis. Consuming Mission: Towards a Theology of Short-Term Mission and Pilgrimage. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2018.

Scott, David W., Daryl R. Ireland, Grace Y. May, and Casely B. Essamuah, eds. Unlikely Friends: How God Uses Boundary-Crossing Friendships to Transform the World. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2021.

Weaver, Gary R., ed. Culture, Communication and Conflict : Readings in Intercultural Relations. Boston: Pearson Publishing, 2000.

Wesley, David. A Common Mission: Healthy Patterns in Congregational Mission Partnerships. Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, 2014. 

Printable Bibliography

You may download/print this list of recommended resources on display at the library.

Books in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only. See the Printable Bibliography for a complete list of resources on display at the library.

Library Resources by Subject

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The articles below without links are not available in the Barbour Library journal collection - please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies of these.

Flick, Elisabetta. “New Ways of Mission Today in an Intercultural Reality.” SEDOS Bulletin (Online) 48, no. 5–6 (May 2016): 46–56.

Lupton, Bob. "Colonialism or Partnership?" Focused Community Strategies (blog), January 22, 2014.


Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Arroyo Bahamonde, Marcos. 2007. “Contextualization of Mission: A Missiological Analysis of Short-Term Missions.” Journal of Latin American Theology 2 (2): 227–48.

Farrell, B. Hunter. 2013. “From Short-Term Mission to Global Discipleship: A Peruvian Case Study.” Missiology 41 (2): 163–78.

Farrell, Hunter. 2007. “Short-Term Missions: Paratrooper Incursion or ‘Zaccheus Encounter’?” Journal of Latin American Theology 2 (2): 69–83.

Jones, Todd. 2019. “Moving from Cross-Cultural to Intercultural Collaboration in Missions.” Lutheran Mission Matters 27 (1): 100–106.

Malpica-Padilla, Rafael. 2008. “Accompaniment as an Alternative Model for the Practice of Mission.” Trinity Seminary Review 29 (2): 87–98. 

Ott, Craig. 2015. “Globalization and Contextualization: Reframing the Task of Contextualization in the Twenty-First Century.” Missiology 43 (1): 43–58. 

Robert, Dana L. 2018. "Cross-Cultural Friendship in the Creation of Twentieth-Century World Christianity." International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35(2): 100-107.