Online Research Resources

In addition to the material in the archives and library of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, there are a number of internet resources that broaden and deepen the study of mission, theology, and global Christianity.

  • iDiscover eResources: the Cambridge University offers access to a rich collection of online resources. We provide access to these on a designated computer within the library; staff and students of Cambridge University have access on their own tablet/ laptop/ iPhone using their Raven password. See the ebooks LibGuide.
  • Hedwig: the CTF eLearning server provides access to another range of CTF eResources to Cambridge Theological Federation staff and students.
  • Free access eResources: listed below. We welcome suggestions for further material that relates to mission or non-western Christianity to add to the list, by emailing the Librarian, Ruth MacLean. We do our best to keep links up-to-date but occasionally links do change.


Online databases and encyclopaedias

The Dictionary of African Christian Biography is a constantly-growing and invaluable collection of biographies of the people who have shaped African Christianity in the past and in the present. It also publishes a monthly e-newsletter that highlights new additions to the collection.

Doctoral Dissertations on Mission from 1894 is hosted by the Overseas Ministries Study Centre and allows users to search a wide range of dissertations on mission-related topics.

The International Mission Photography Archive is hosted by the University of Southern California and contains an immense amount of images related to the missionary encounter with peoples around the world.

Yale University Library has a helpful list of reference databases and guides to the study of mission and world Christianity. This includes Mission Periodicals Online: Church Missionary Society periodicals (Adam Matthew database).

The Documentation of Christianity in Hong Kong Database is hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University.

The Gospel and Our Culture Network was founded by Lesslie Newbigin and its resources page now offers extensive bibliographies related to his work and the broader significance of a missional engagement with western culture.

The Newbigin Resources website contains an extensive collection of material by Lesslie Newbigin, including articles, books, and speeches.

The Gospel and Our Culture Network in the United States also has its own set of online resources.

The Mundus Database is a gateway to the more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom, including the CCCW archive.

The Lausanne Movement inherits several generations worth of evangelical thinking about mission. Its website includes many important texts that have shaped mission-thinking around the world.

The World Council of Churches and its Commission on World Mission and Evangelism has been a forum for mission thinking for generations. Its website includes a number of important mission-focused texts.

The website of the Vatican includes a number of important Catholic texts on mission.


Online eJournals

In addition to the journals that the CCCW library holds, a number of journals focused on mission or the world church are available online. These include:

Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology A scholarly evangelical theological journal offering articles and book reviews relating to theology and ministry in Africa.

Anabaptist Witness A global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission.

Asian Christian Review

Biblical Studies Digitised material of rare and out-of-print theology books and articles, detailed bibliographies, and a single access point to ‘Theology on the Web’.

International Journal of Frontier Missions

Journal of Global Christianity

Missio Dei: a Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis


Online mission documents

The Lausanne Covenant

The Cape Town Commitment The Lausanne Movement.

Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation World Council of Churches.

The Healing Mission of the Church World Council of Churches.

Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes World Council of Churches.

Redemptoris Missio: on the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate Vatican.

Evangelii Nuntiandi: on Evangelization in the Modern World Papal encyclicals online.


Online interfaith statements

A Common Word: the ACW Letter

“A Common Word between Us and You is an open letter, dated 13 October 2007, from leaders of the Muslim faith to leaders of the Christian faith. It calls for peace between Muslims and Christians and tries to work for common ground and understanding among both faiths.”