"A beguiling image for the mission of the Church in our time. It combines the Samaritan parable's deceptive
simplicity with a realism about what the Church is up against in this world."--Mark Trotter, Pastor, First United
Methodist, San Diego. After describing the biblical mandates for the mission of ministry, Dr. Messer calls church leaders to:
-understand the world as God's body -live as a covenant of global gardeners -work as bridge builders -form a company of
star-throwers and peacemakers -embrace a community of fence movers
About the Author
Donald E. Messer
Donald E. Messer is a United Methodist theologian and author of twelve books. Currently the Executive Director of the Center
for the Church and Global AIDS, Messer was President of Dakota Wesleyan University from 1971-1981 and President of Illiff
School of Theology from 1981-2000. He was named both President Emeritus and the Henry White Warren Professor Emeritus of
Practical Theology at The Iliff School of Theology. Concern for the escalating global HIV/AIDS pandemic has prompted Dr.
Messer to travel and speak in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as to initiate a Center for the Church and Global AIDS
that serves as a catalyst for Christian involvement in the major issues related to global HIV and AIDS, world hunger, and
clean water. A college and seminary president for 29 years, Messer holds a Ph.D. from Boston University in social ethics. In
2005 he was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from a medical university in India for his humanitarian
work. Among other awards received over the years was being named "One of American's Ten Outstanding Young Men"
in 1976 by the United States Jaycees. Throughout the world, the Center supports various projects of education, prevention,
care and treatment, aimed at helping to create an AIDS-free and hunger-free world.