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I have made time to keep reading the IBMR, which remains the best possible publication for monitoring the remarkable phase of world Christian history in which we are living.

Established in 1950 as the Occasional Bulletin from the Mission Research Library, the current International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR) is a reputable peer-reviewed journal with the highest circulation rate in the field of Mission Studies and World Christianity.

The IBMR is committed to expanding the field by examining diverse geographical, political, ecclesiastical, and social contexts. The IBMR is committed to engaging with primary sources, whether through archives, oral histories, or ethnography. The IBMR provides an editorial voice that is dispassionate, analytical, and nonpartisan.

The IBMR includes:

  • Feature articles and book reviews written by leading scholars on Christian mission and world Christianity from around the world—scholars from varied academic disciplines and theological perspectives.
  • The “Legacy” series with engaging accounts of pivotal mission leaders of the last two centuries and the equally engaging “My Pilgrimage in Mission” series that provides intimate insight into the lives of some of today’s most distinguished mission scholars and practitioners.
  • Regional surveys and analyses of important mission documents and consultations.
  • The feature “Ten Outstanding Books in Mission Studies, World Christianity, and Intercultural Theology” appears each April.
  • English translations of Christian scholarship from the majority world.


* IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RESEARCHERSThe SAGE IBMR website (ibmr.sagepub.comis now hosting the search engine (keywords, title, author, DOI) for all previous issues of the IBMR (1981–present), as well as our predecessor journals, the Occasional Bulletin from the Missionary Research Library (1950–1976) and the Occasional Bulletin of Missionary Research (1976–1980). This material is password protected and may be read only by current, paid subscribers. 

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