History and Research

If you would like to assist in research efforts concerning African American missions, please check this page.  Particularly if you are currently an African American crosscultural missionary, knowing about you is of great interest. Please take time to complete a brief survey.

African Americans have pioneered in cross cultural missions since the 1700s. For a brief perspective on the history of African American missions, see pp. 33-68 of this document.

The African American Experience in World Mission: A Call Beyond Community, edited by Vaughn Walston and Robert Stevens, is probably the best contemporary reader in this branch of Christian global outreach.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matt. 6:21 (NIV). In tabular form, giving to overseas missions in some major Black denominations is compared with giving 40 years previous, and with various White denominational foreign missions giving.  Go here for this document.

What have been the impediments to global missions outreach and why are there no excuses to pursue global missions? See this chart for an overview.

What mission structures has the Black church used and now uses? See this chart.

Vaughn Walston compiled an excellent print bibliography concerning African American missions.

A bibliography through 1998 for researchers of African American missions is located here.

Scholarly websites for African American and Africana studies abound. Go here for links to some selected sites, which themselves link to hundreds of other locations. Links were good as of 1/2006.