Where do the language and idea of 'mission' come from? I have just finished reading Transcending Mission by Michael Stroope. Provocative, challenging but a great magisterial overview of the history of mission speak. Paying homage to Bosch’s Transforming Mission, this is an important book and a welcome addition to the literature on 'mission'. You can find it on Amazon here. 'Today the language of mission is in disarray. Where do the language and idea of 'mission' come from? Do they truly have precedence in the early centuries of the church? Michael Stroope investigates these questions and shows how the language of mission is a modern phenomenon that shaped a 'grand narrative' of mission. He then offers a way forward.'