In 1789 Carey became the full-time pastor of a small Baptist church in Leicester. Two years later he published this groundbreaking missionary manifesto. This short book consists of five parts. The first part is a theological justification for missionary activity, arguing that the command of Jesus to make disciples of all the world remains binding on Christians. The second part outlines a history of missionary activity, beginning with the early Church and ending with David Brainerd and John Wesley. Part 3 comprises 26 pages of tables, listing area, population, and religion statistics for every country in the world. The fourth part answers objections to sending missionaries. Finally, the fifth part calls for the formation by the Baptist denomination of a missionary society.
Author: William Carey