Church On The Oceans

About 1.3 million seafarers work away from home for months or years at a time. The vision for a thriving church on board every seafaring vessel is a 21st-century missionary vision that addresses the plight of those easily overlooked and vulnerable workers of today's global marketplace.

How does one start a church on board a ship? Is it possible for such a church to survive? How can churches on shore support churches on the sea? Martin Otto addresses these and many other practical questions in this book, drawing on his personal experience over many years in seamen's missions.

Table of Contents:

Chapter Title Page
1 Finally – A Church for Seafarers! 1
2 The Image Problem – What Seamen’s Mission Is All About 5
3 New Challenges – New Ideas 9
4 What History Reveals about Churches for Seafarers on Ship and on Shore 15
5 Existing Churches on Ships 19
6 Living Church on the OM Ships 36
7 Seafarers are Longing for a Church 40
8 Seafarers who are Disappointed and Hiding from Church 46
9 The Social Aspect of Church on Board 49
10 Guidelines for Planting a Church on Board 52
11 Examples of Church Planting from Ports around the World 55
12 What Seafarers Think about a Church on their Ship 76
13 Starting, Growing and Multiplying Churches on Board 82
14 Difficulties in Planting Churches and Keeping them Alive 93
15 Opportunities and Challenges 100
16 A New Vision for Both Seafarers and Missionaries 111
Appendix: Defining "Church" 115

Resources from: Seamen's Christian Friend Society
Author: Martin Otto
About The Author: Martin Otto has been in full-time ministry since 1987 reaching out seafarers with the Gospel. He and his wife, Monica, are based in Hamburg, one of the largest ports in the world, where he works in association with the Seamen's Christian Friend Society.

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