2016–2017 OMSC Study Program
September 8–9, 2016
US Churches Today
Rev. Geoffrey A. Little, All Nations Christian Church, New Haven, CT, provides an overview with a guided tour of New Haven and area churches.
FOR RESIDENTS ONLY
September 13–16, 2016
Transforming Mission Theology
Dr. Charles E. Van Engen, Latin American Christian Ministries, Holland, MI, and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, surveys current theological challenges and opportunities facing students of mission.
September 22–23, 2016
How to Develop Mission and Church Archives
Ms. Martha Lund Smalley, Yale Divinity School Library, helps missionaries and church leaders identify, organize, and preserve essential records.
October 3-7, 2016
Culture, Values, and Worldview: Anthropology for Mission Practice
Missiological anthropologist Dr. Darrell Whiteman shows how one’s worldview and theology of culture affect cross-cultural mission.
October 17-20, 2016
Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others
Dr. Harriet Hill, Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society, and Karen Mahan, The Rivendell Institute, help participants use Scripture and basic mental health principles to find healing of emotional pain and equips them to help others.
November 1–4, 2016
The Core of Our Mission: Making Disciple-Makers
Dr. Denny Heiberg, The Mission Society, Norcross, GA, focuses on Jesus’s disciple-making mandate. Participants will search the Bible for practical tools for making disciples.
November 8–11, 2016
Practical Theology and Transformative Practice
Dr. Ravi David, OMSC senior mission scholar in residence, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, explores transformative methods and models of practical theology that help participants understand its relevance for contextual, cultural, and contemporary mission.
November 15–17, 2016
Dr. Volker Küster, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, discusses how Christian faith and other religious traditions influence each other, as well as how to understand Christian theology as intercultural.
December 6–8, 2016
The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic Engagement with the Peace of Islam
Dr. David W. Shenk, Eastern Mennonite Missions, explores the church’s calling to bear witness to the Gospel of peace in its engagement with Muslims, whether in contexts of militancy or in settings of moderation.
January 17–20, 2017
Worship, Music, and Mission
Dr. James Krabill, Mennonite Mission Network, builds upon insights from musicology and two decades of missionary experience in West Africa to unfold the dynamic role of music in worship and mission.
January 30–February 3, 2017
The Orality Fad: Something New or Something Old?
Dr. W. Jay Moon, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, discusses the implications of oral and print learning preferences for theological training, cross-cultural discipleship, contextual theology, evangelism, and church planting. Participants will select a specific cultural context to make practical applications concerning the interplay of orality and literacy.
February 14–17, 2017
Faith Reliance: Biblical Fund-Raising for Mission
Mrs. Barbara Shantz, global fund development strategist for TWR (Trans World Radio), looks at “biblical fund-raising” and leads a financially transforming study that exposes the biblical principles of giving and receiving in world mission. She explores the challenge of how ministry can and should be funded predominantly from local, rather than foreign, donations.
March 7–10, 2017
Care and Counsel as Mission
Dr. Ravi David, OMSC senior mission scholar in residence, South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India, considers pastoral care and counselling, and encourages participants to develop best practices for missional counselling.
April 25–28, 2017
Spiritual Renewal in the Missionary Community
Rev. Stanley W. Green, Mennonite Mission Network, and Dr. Christine Sine, Mustard Seed Associates, blend classroom instruction and one-on-one sessions to offer counsel and spiritual direction for Christian workers.
May 2-5, 2017
Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others (An Advanced Equipping Session)
Dr. Harriet Hill, Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society (TraumaHealingInstitute.org), helps participants use Scripture and basic mental health principles to find healing of emotional pain and equips them to help others. Participants must have completed completed the initial equipping session and have led two healing groups.
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Meals are not included; bring extra funds for meals at a nearby college cafeteria or local restaurants.
OMSC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race and sex for admission to all programs.
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Due to the labor involved in obtaining visas, applicants from a number of countries are encouraged not to apply for study periods shorter than six months.