OMSC engages in mission with the world Christian movement via a three-fold ministry:

Residential programs for missionaries, church leaders, and Scholars

OMSC residents come from all over the globe. They come in need of a refueling—physical, spiritual, and intellectual—having spent years pouring themselves out in some of the remotest communities on earth. They leave not only with the renewed vitality that comes through fellowship and rest, but with expanded visions and new skills for their work in cross-cultural ministry, thanks to OMSC’s world-class educational offerings.

Advancing mission scholarship through research and publication

With in-depth analysis of Christian mission and world Christianity, the International Bulletin of Mission Research is a premier source of information on the world church in mission. It provides an editorial voice that is analytical and nonpartisan. Many of today’s foremost missiologists and mission thinkers appear in the IBMR and as lecturers at OMSC. Issues older than five years are available for free download.

“Through its widely acclaimed International Bulletin and its residential and educational facilities, OMSC serves as a major force in mission and world Christianity.”
— Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School

Continuing education in Intercultural Christian mission

OMSC offers innovative mission seminars throughout the academic year. Open to the public, these seminars are designed to encourage and equip our resident missionaries and others with intercultural ministry commitments and experience to become more effective ambassadors for Christ. Study program participants gain new insights and readily applicable skills from seminars such as:

  • Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for Ourselves and Others  
  • Culture, Values, and Worldview: Anthropology for Mission Practice
  • Faith Reliance: Biblical Fund-Raising for Mission
  • Nurturing and Educating Transcultural Kids
  • Kagawa Toyohiko (1888–1960): The Missional Art of a Great Japanese Evangelist
“OMSC creates a distinctive opportunity for conversation and mutual learning between mission leaders and scholars. No one goes away unchanged from the encounter at OMSC.”
— Darrell L. Guder, Princeton Seminary