Appointed. Caleb O. Oladipo

Appointed. Caleb O. Oladipo to the chair of Christian evangelism and missions, CampbellUniversity Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC, effective August 1, 2016. He was professor of Christian mission and world Christianityand director of the Mission Immersion Experience Program at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Richmond, VA. A Nigerian, he is author of The Will to Arise: Theological & Political Themes in African Christianity and the Renewal of Faith and Identity (2006). Oladipo also succeeds George W. Braswell, Jr., distinguished professor of missions and world religions emeritus, as director of the university’s World Religions and Global Cultures Center.  

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Mission Nation Publishing Company

Mission Nation Publishing Company, an online company begun in January 2016, published its first title, The Resilient Missionary, the story of Yohannes Mengsteab, who was raised in Eritrea, evangelized by Swedish missionaries in Sudan, and sent to the United States to plant churches. He started six African immigrant churches in the Washington DC–Baltimore, MD area and later became world mission national director for new mission development with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), St. Louis, Missouri. Launching the publishing company was Robert J. Scudieri, formerly the LCMS director of new church development in North America and a cofounder of the Lutheran Society for Missiology. The company exists “to give a voice to the ‘Missionaries to America,’ . . . men and women who have taken the missionary nature of the church seriously, and have risked everything for the sake of the gospel.” Details:   www.missionnationpublishing.com.

Journal of African Christian Biography

Editors of the online Dictionary of African Christian Biography are publishing a selection of stories as the Journal of African Christian Biography, which will “make African Christian biographies more readily accessible and immediately useful in African congregations and classrooms,” said Jonathan J. Bonk, the JACB editor. Published in monthly installments with an annual cumulative volume available online, the JACB is “intended to promote the research, publication, and use of African Christian biography within Africa by serving as an academically credible but publically accessible source of information on Christianity across the continent,” he added.

The June 2016 monthly inaugural issue is available as a free download at www.dacb.org/journal-acb-issues.html. To receive the monthly and yearly electronic issues of the journal free of charge sign up at www.dacb.org/journal-acb.html. Suggestions of contributions and articles on African biography or church history germane to Christianity and Christians in Africa are welcome. Likewise, the editors welcome suggestions of recent publications, articles, or books, that should be brought to the attention of the journal's readers. Address editorial correspondence to Bonk, the former OMSC executive director and IBMR editor, at jjbonk@bu.edu and joacb@bu.edu.

Appointed. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)

Appointed. Biblical scholar and author M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) as Blanchard Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, IL, as of July 1, 2016. He was a distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, Denver, CO, and has been an adjunct professor at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Carroll is coeditor of Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World (2012) and author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible (2nd. ed., 2013).

Appointed. Ed Stetzer

Appointed. Ed Stetzer to The Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission,and Evangelism, a newly created chair at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, effective July 1, 2016. As executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, he will lead Wheaton’s existing programs, start new initiatives including creating a National Evangelism Leaders Fellowship, chair the college’s Evangelism and Leadership Program, and be publisher of Evangelical Missions Quarterly. He succeeds Paul Ericksen, who has served as the center’s interim executive director for three years. Stetzer was executive director of LifeWay Research and executive editor of LifeWay’s The Gospel Project and Facts & Trends, Nashville, TN, as well as teaching pastor and founder of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN. A church planter, he is coauthor of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (second edition, 2016).

United States Catholic Mission Association

The United States Catholic Mission Association will hold its 2016 conference October 28–30, at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati (Ohio) Airport; the theme is “Together in Mission: Celebrating Concrete Expressions of Missionary Discipleship Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” The plenary speakers will be Julie Lupien, executive director of From Mission to Mission, Longmont, CO, and Bill Vos, director of Catholic Relief Services, Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN.

In honor of USCMA’s thirty-fifth anniversary, the conference will “highlight the mission reality of US Catholics serving around the world and at home and reflect how these realities can help make our local communities a reflection of Jesus’ liberating spirit,” according to Donald R. McCrabb, executive director, who joined the USCMA staff in December 2015 from Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington, DC. For details, see www.uscatholicmission.org.

Died. Kenneth E. Bailey

Died. Kenneth E. Bailey, 85, research scholar, author, Presbyterian career missionary and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies, May 23, 2016, in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Bailey was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He spent forty years (1955–95) living and teaching in seminaries and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem, and Cyprus.For twenty of those years he taught at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, where he also founded the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. From 1985 to 1995 he was on the faculty of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem. In 1990 he accepted the additional responsibility of canon theologian for the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. He is the author of Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels (2008) and The Good Shepherd: A Thousand-Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament (2014).

Died. Roger S. Greenway

Died. Roger S. Greenway, 82, mission executive, professor, and author, April 30, 2016, a resident of Rockford, Michigan. After studying at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Greenway was ordained in 1958 and appointed by Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) to serve as a missionary in Sri Lanka. In 1963 he and his family moved to Mexico City, where he taught at Juan Calvino Seminary and later founded Instituto Mexicano Bíblico to train urban pastors and church planters. After completing a PhD in 1972, Greenway, author of Discipling the City: A Comprehensive Approach to Urban Mission (1992) and Fish: The Call of the Master Fisher (2013), was named CRWM’s Latin America secretary. Later, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; served as CRWM executive director; and taught missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary. He retired in 2001.

Died. Joseph R. Lang, M.M.

Died. Joseph R. Lang, M.M., 90, Maryknoll priest for 63 years, missionary and mission administrator, April 9, 2016, in Maryknoll, New York. After missionary service in Peru for fifteen years he was recalled to the United States to serve in the central administration of the Maryknoll Society, and then in Rome where he was director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, connected with the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

In 1981 he was co-organizer of the SEDOS Research Seminar in Rome and co-editor of the book Mission in Dialogue. Following that he was appointed executive secretary of the Maryknoll General Council until 1984 when he became the executive director of the US Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) in Washington, DC, where he served for six years. In that capacity he helped to organize the Ecumenical Mission Consultation on “Divided Churches/Common Witness: An Unfinished Task for US Christians in Mission.”

In 1989 he was a Vatican observer at the World Conference on Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches in San Antonio, Texas, and in 1991 he was a Vatican observer at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Canberra, Australia.

Before retiring in 2001, he served as a financial development officer for Maryknoll, and as a parish priest in Boca Raton, Florida.

Appointed. Paul Bendor-Samuel

        

Appointed. Paul Bendor-Samuel as executive director of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). After a period as executive director designate, he will replace Wonsuk Ma, who has been the center’s director for a decade, effective August 1, 2016.

Bendor-Samuel, 57, was international director of Interserve for twelve years (2003–15) and executive director (1995–2002) of ACT (the Association for Cooperation in Tunisia), Tunis. Prior to that he was a primary health care practitioner and team leader in southern Tunisia (1990–95) and a medical and surgical general practitioner in south Wales (1983–87). In 2000, Queen Elizabeth appointed Bendor-Samuel, who is British, to the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Prior to his appointment at OCMS, Korean Pentecostal mission scholar Wonsuk Ma was academic dean of the Asian Theological Seminary, Quezon City, Philippines. He was founder of the Asian Pentecostal Society, the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies and the Journal of Asian Mission. He wrote or edited seven books on the Old Testament and Pentecostalism.

Died. David L. Rambo

Died. David L. Rambo, 81, president, professor, and evangelical statesman, on March 11, 2016. Rambo was a pastor in Casco, Maine, and a missionary with his late wife, Ruth, in the Philippines (1962–1967), before being named professor of missions (1970–72) and president of Canadian Bible College and Canadian Theological Seminary (1972–78).

He was well known as president of Nyack College (1982–87) and Alliance Theological Seminary (1982–87 and 1996–2000), as well as president of the US Christian and Missionary Alliance (1987–96). Rambo, enjoyed speaking about “Teaching the Story of Jesus in Mission Contexts,” the subject of a mission seminar at OMSC, where he was a Board of Trustees member (1999–2001).

He was also an Executive Committee member of the National Association of Evangelicals (1987–98), a board member of the Evangelical Foreign Mission Association (1978–82), and three times a delegate to the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization.

Died. Virgilio Elizondo

Died. Virgilio Elizondo, 80, pioneer Latino/a theologian, March 14, 2016. Born in San Antonio, TX, and son of Mexican immigrants, Elizondo was a co-founder of the Mexican American Cultural Center (now the Mexican American Catholic College) in 1972.

He served for many years on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and his many books on Hispanic /Latino/a theology have become groundbreaking works in contextual theology.

A warm, personable human being, Elizondo was a pastor above all, and his academic work was always first and foremost in service of his missionary commitment. Fr. Elizondo died at his own hand—“an unspeakable tragedy,” as one of his longtime friends expressed it. As Roman Catholics observe 2016 as a “Jubilee of Mercy,” we can only commend this great theologian and pastor to God’s untiring and unwavering compassion and love.

Died. Chae Ok Chun

Died. Chae Ok Chun, 78, Korean Protestant mission scholar, educator, and administrator, April 14, 2016, in Seoul. After missionary service in Pakistan, she became a professor and dean of Ewha Woman’s University Graduate School of Theology. She was the founder and executive director of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Korea (now known as Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies), president of the Korean Society of Missiology, and president of the International Association for Mission Studies (1996–2000). Chun was a member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Died. Timothy Yates

Died. Timothy Yates, 80, Anglican mission scholar, teacher and author, January 16, 2016, in Sheffield, England. With degrees from Cambridge and Uppsala, and Anglican ordination, he served several parishes in England, was a tutor at St. John’s College, University of Durham, and was director of ordinands for the Derby diocese.

Since 2006 he was a research supervisor at the University of Manchester while teaching at Cliff College. He was an honorary canon of Derby Cathedral and an honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Durham.

His many publications include Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century (1994), The Conversion of the Maori (2013), and Twentieth-Century Missiology: Issues and Thinkers (2014).

Died. Ted W. Ward

Died. Ted W. Ward, 85, professor of education and missions, ministry consultant, and noted seminar leader, on January 9, 2016, of complications with diabetes and renal failure. In 1956, Ward was appointed professor of education and curriculum research at Michigan State University, where he taught for thirty years. He focused on educational development and had a passion for developing teaching resources for non-formal education.

In 1985, during his final year at Michigan State, Ward began teaching part time at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Soon he was appointed professor of Christian education and mission, and later dean of international studies, mission, and education.

A native of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he retired in 1994, but continued an active teaching role until 1999, serving as consultant to the Ph.D. programs in educational studies and intercultural studies. Many considered Ward to be one of the fathers of Theological Education by Extension in the 1960s, and was one of the foremost authorities on non-formal theological education. He gave significant leadership to dozens of national governments of developing nations in the 1970s and 1980s regarding effective and nontraditional (non-schooling) approaches to educating children and designing national leadership development programs.

Active on many ministry boards and a consultant to evangelical organizations, Ward influenced a generation of educational leaders to serve around the world. He was a frequent and popular seminar leader at OMSC.

African Christian Biography Conference: Narratives, Beliefs, and Boundaries

Michèle Miller Sigg

In late October 2015, approximately sixty scholars and graduate students converged on the School of Theology, Boston University, from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Great Britain, and various universities in the United States and Canada to present papers and discuss issues related to the theme of African Christian biography. Representing an intersection of scholars in religious studies and scholars in African studies, the conference was a venue for cross-fertilization between the various fields represented. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB, www.dacb.org).

In the opening plenary, DACB project director Jonathan Bonk presented a brief historical overview by looking at the What, the Why, the How, and the Now What of the project. In the Friday morning plenary address, Lamin Sanneh of Yale University focused his talk on Sir Samuel Lewis, whose extraordinary life illustrated the power of human example in the service of religion and society in nineteenth-century West Africa. The afternoon plenary panel featured noted scholars Kathleen Sheldon, Richard Elphick, and Diana Wylie, who addressed the challenge of portraying belief in biography, as well as the various uses of biography in historical writing. The dinner plenary by Boston University professor Linda Heywood offered an opportunity to explore the life of Queen Njinga, a notable seventeenth-century Kongo figure.

In the concurrent sessions, questions raised either in the papers or in the subsequent discussion included the role of biography in pedagogy, orality and memory in biography, and the use of biography for highlighting the stories of women in the Global South. Almost a third of the papers examined the stories of African women, exploring their roles as helpers and leaders, most often unrecognized in the historical record. The discussions also looked at the role of biographers as portrait artists who must paint their subjects with humility and empathy.

In the closing session, the progress of the DACB was praised, and many participants offered ideas and challenges for new developments in the future. Conference organizer Dana Robert offered a few words about the book that will be published as a fruit of the conference.

Michèle Miller Sigg is a doctoral student at Boston University, and project manager of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography. —mmsigg@bu.edu

 

Memoria Indígena Conference: Indigenous Spirituality and Identity of Missions

Memoria Indígena Conference: Indigenous Spirituality and Identity of Missions

Drew Jennings-Grisham

Thirty people from eleven countries, representing twelve indigenous people groups and other nonindigenous peoples, gathered September 11–13, 2015, in Lima, Peru, to discuss the history of missions to, with, and from indigenous groups and churches in Latin America. The majority of participants were indigenous Christians who are active as pastors, teachers, or workers in literacy programs teaching their people to read in their own language in order to have better access to the Bible in their own language. Organized by Memoria Indígena (MI, www.memoriaindigena.org), along with Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (FTL, Latin American Theological Fellowship) and Peace and Hope International, the conference provided the setting for participants to propose a project to record and publish the stories of God’s work among indigenous peoples throughout history in Latin America from the perspective of indigenous peoples themselves. MI hopes to advance the project by organizing similar events throughout Latin America and building a network of collaborators.

Papers at this inaugural conference addressed (1) the perspective of indigenous groups regarding missions/the church, (2) the Word of God and oral cultures, and (3) the use of the local language for the survival of the local church and culture. Participants found much encouragement from a presentation by Jonathan Bonk, director of a similar project, the Dictionary of African Christian Biography (www.dacb.org), who described the history, methodology, and materials used to facilitate the project across Africa.

The church in Europe and North America, as well as the urban/mestizo church in Latin America, is full of stories of missionaries and their labor to share the Gospel and plant churches in the name of Christ. But the story of evangelical missions work is more than the story of the effort made by North American and European missionaries, and it likewise goes beyond the criticisms of anthropologists. It is also about the reception and use of the Gospel in the places that received it. But even there the story does not end with the first people in a place to hear and receive the message, nor is that necessarily the high point.

The story of the missionary is only one side of the story. What about the perspective of the indigenous community that received the Gospel? How can listening to and learning history from another point of view be useful to the church? Historically, churches have perceived indigenous communities to be a “field white with harvest” for the work of evangelism, and at the same time they have typically seen little of value in their cultures and ways of living, resulting in a one-directional mission, with one side doing all the giving, and the other only receiving. The missionary becomes the protagonist, and we tend to forget that the community hears the Gospel with their own ears and receives it in their own context. When the church fails to see indigenous people as protagonist or to see any value in their culture, the larger body of Christ loses an opportunity to learn many important things from the perspective of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

The Latin American church currently gives little space to hearing the voice of indigenous sisters and brothers. For this reason we see the necessity of organizing an effort throughout Latin America to document the stories of evangelical missions among indigenous peoples from the perspective of these same people. This work seeks to rescue the memory of the first indigenous believers, as well as the collective memory of the community of faith in indigenous groups.

MI has the following objectives for this Christian Story Project:

Locally: to help self-evaluate and consolidate the very identity of the churches so that they have a better understanding of their roots within the culture and history of their communities and a better knowledge of where they have come from, who they are, and where they are going. The process of telling these stories can give us a better understanding of generational processes in the history of the churches in indigenous communities and how they themselves perceive their community of faith.

Regionally: to create intercultural dialogue between indigenous and nonindigenous (urban or mestizo)churches, which will help to improve relations and the balance of power between them. It can also demonstrate to the urban churches the importance of the use of a community’s native language in the transmission of the Gospel.

Internationally: to help churches in “developed” nations (the West or Global North) to construct new paradigms of mission “without conquest”—a mission that is humble (recognizes the value of each culture) and seeks to listen and learn from the voice of the other (recognizes the power of the Holy Spirit to work in the life of any person or culture), with the understanding that all followers of Christ are pilgrims that are walking along the same path together.

Drew Jennings-Grisham is the director of Memoria Indígena. —djenningsg@gmail.com

 

Korean-Global Leadership Conference: Measuring Megachurch Accountability on a Global Scale

Daniel J. Nicholas

What happens when megachurches—defined as churches with at least 2,000 attendees in weekly worship—focus their considerable financial and personnel resources onto the world stage? How do megachurch pastors, leaders, and members evaluate their own effectiveness in fulfilling the world mission mandate? What role, if any, should a megachurch’s denomination or its parachurch mission partners play in issues of accountability? How can the various parties effectively evaluate the performance of the others? These were some of the thorny questions considered November 3–6, 2015, by some seventy Korean-Global Mission Leadership Forum (KGMLF) participants, who came to South Korea from every continent on earth.

The theme of the conference was “Megachurch Accountability in Missions: Critical Assessment through Global Case Studies.” The assembled pastors, professors, mission executives, and others considered an array of interconnected topics, including contextualization, missionary recruitment and training, member care and evaluation, the impact of globalization, the perceived need for professionalism, uses of media, support resources, financial policies, the benefits of networking, the role of parachurch agencies, diaspora and urbanization, retirees as mission workers, ethnic diversity, biblical models for mission, short-term mission experiences, church planting dynamics, cross-cultural realities and expectations, challenges from rapid church growth, and a myriad of issues surrounding moral integrity.

“The rise of megachurch networks indicates that in urban settings today Christianity often functions as a network of interactions in which social relationships and structures and patterns of belief become increasingly global and interconnected,” said anthropologist and theologian Miranda Klaver of VU University, Amsterdam, speaking about her case study of the Hillsong Church network, based in Sydney, Australia. “As a consequence,” she noted, “for the sake of developing a contextualized theology, church planting ministries in global cities need to evaluate the relevance and meaning of the concepts of culture and ethnicity.”

In his plenary paper, Chang Ju Kim, professor at Ambatonakanga Faculté de Theologie and a Presbyterian mission coworker in Madagascar, highlighted both the negative and the positive results of pursuing deeper accountability: “Honest, candid analysis of the Korean church and the accountability of megachurches in their mission efforts could bring pain and regret. It could disturb and frustrate some of us. But it also has the potential to energize our development and to provide a fresh starting point, offering a new pathway for the future of the Korean church.”

The 2015 conference, the third KGMLF gathering, was held at a hotel in mountainous Sokcho, South Korea. It was cosponsored by the Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut, publisher of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (www.omsc.org, ibmr.sagepub.org); the 75,000-person Onnuri Community Church, Seoul (www.onnuri.org); and the Korea Research Institute for Mission, Seoul (www.krim.org). Previous KGMLF conferences, held at OMSC, also addressed the topics of accountability: “Mission, Missionary, and Church Accountability Issues” (February 2011) and “Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (June 2013). Jin Bong Kim, OMSC director of international church relations and coordinator of the three KGMLF conferences, this time invited an equal number of participants from Korea and from the rest of the world. As with the first two conferences, the proceedings will be published in Korean and in English. A fourth KGMLF conference is being considered for 2017 in Hong Kong.

Daniel J. Nicholas, IBMR managing editor, is OMSC director of communications, publications, and church relations.

Died. Richard J. Wood

Died. Richard J. Wood, 78, divinity school dean, philosophy professor, and Japanese religion specialist, on August 1, 2015, in Avon, Indiana. Wood was dean emeritus and professor emeritus (adjunct) of philosophy at Yale Divinity School (YDS), New Haven, Connecticut. He was the Y.D.S. dean from 1996 to 2000. Wood’s experience with Japan is said to have helped the divinity school maintain its international vision.

Following his Yale tenure, Wood was president (2001–05) of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, New York and Hong Kong. During his years there, he oversaw the creation of the Hong Kong office and the eventual shift of most program staff from New York to Asia. Wood also helped inaugurate four core programs: the United Board Fellows Program, Asian University Leaders Program, Faculty Scholarship Program, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theology.

After completing work with the United Board, Wood became president (2006–09) of the Japan Society, New York, where he is said to have strengthened and deepened understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan, steered the society's centennial celebration, and created new programming opportunity globally.

In 2010, the government of Japan awarded Wood the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for his distinguished achievements. Bestowed in the name of the Emperor, the order is the Japanese equivalent of knighthood.

Before joining the YDS faculty, Wood was president of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

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The Evangelical Missiological Society will hold its northeast regional annual conference April 2, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Flushing, Queens, New York. Participants will consider a dozen papers that call attention to “Mission(s) and the Local Church.” Enoch Wan, professor of intercultural studies, Western Seminary, Portland, OR, will address “The Practice of Diaspora Missions in Local Congregation”; John R. Morgan, strategic initiatives and research coordinator, Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, New Cumberland, PA, will look at “Global Trends and the American Church in Mission”; and Xiyi (Kevin) Yao, associate professor of world Christianity and Asian studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, will examine “Biola in China and Chinese Christians: A Historical Case Study of American Missionaries and Chinese Church. John Wang, Chinese and Spanish pastor at First Baptist Church of Flushing, is EMS Northeast vice president. Some of the papers will be given in Spanish and Mandarin. Details: www.emsweb.org/regions/northeast.

 

The American Society of Missiology will hold its annual meeting June 17–19, 2016, at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota. “Missiology and Public Life: Mission’s Constructive Engagement with Societies, Change, and Conflict” will be the theme and speakers will include Sebastian Kim, chair in theology and public life, York St. John University, York, UK; Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and peace studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana; Ruth Padilla DeBorst, a networking team member of the International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation, Costa Rica; Mario Vega, general director of Misión Cristiana Elim, El Salvador; and ASM 2016 president Gregory Leffel of One Horizon, Lexington, KY. Details: www.asmweb.org.

Just before the ASM gathering, the Association of Professors of Mission will hold their annual meeting, June 16–17, 2016, at the University of Northwestern–St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota. Participants will discuss “Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of World Christianity.” The speakers will include Peter Phan, professor of Catholic social thought, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Mai-Anh Le Tran, associate professor of Christian education, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri; and Philip Wingeier-Rayo, associate professor of evangelism, mission, and Methodist studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas. The APM president is Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell, assistant professor of evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Details: www.asmweb.org/content/apm-calendar.

 

“Conversions and Transformations: Missiological Approaches to Religious Change” will be the focus of the fourteenth assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies, August 11–17, 2016, at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Seoul, South Korea. Participants will examine issues of conversion and religious change from the multiple perspective that shape contemporary mission studies. Speakers will include Hyung Keun (Paul) Choi, professor of mission studies at Seoul Theological University and general secretary of the Korea Lausanne Committee; Christine Lienemann-Perrin, professor emerita of ecumenics and mission studies at Basel University, Switzerland; Elsa Tamez, who teaches at Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica and is author of Struggles for Power in Early Christianity: A Study of the First Letter to Timothy (2007); and Joel Robbins, professor of social anthropology at University of Cambridge, who has studied conversion and religious transformation among the Urapmin of Papua New Guinea. Conference planners are seeking papers on mission, conversion, transformation and the various missiological approaches to religious change from the perspective of the main fields of the IAMS Study Groups, as well as from other scholarly fields of study. Details: http://missionstudies.org.