The Overseas Ministries Study Center engages in God’s mission with the world Christian movement through our signature three-fold ministry:
(1) Residential Study Program
Designed for Global Leaders (pastors, church and mission executives, and cross-cultural missionaries), Research Scholars (seminary, college, and university professors, administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase), and Artists, our Study Program offers innovative seminars and lectures that focus on a broad rich range of subjects related to the churches’ participation in God’s mission. With registration open to the public, our Study Program seminars seek to encourage “two-way traffic” among participants and to foster more faithful Christian witness in our complex, multicultural world. Residents who complete the Study Program receive a Certificate in Mission Studies & World Christianity. Recent seminars and facilitators include:
“Music and Mission,” James Krabill
“The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic Engagement with the World of Islam,” David Shenk
“World Christianity in Indo-Myanmar Mountains of Northeast India,” Atola Longkumer
“Integrating Spirituality and Mission,” Bo Karen Lee
“Human Rights in Christian Perspective,” Allyson McKinney Timm
“Global Mission After Christendom,” Darrell Guder
“African Christianity in the Americas and in Africa,” Andrew and Ingrid Walls
“Silence and Beauty: The Future of Missiology,” Makoto Fujimura
“Training Theologically-Grounded Mission Leaders,” Charles Van Engen
(2) International Bulletin of Mission Research
OMSC’s quarterly, peer-reviewed academic journal, published by SAGE. With in-depth analysis of Christian mission and world Christianity, the IBMR 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 thinkers in mission and world Christianity appear in the IBMR. Issues older than five years are available for free download.
(3) Artist in Residence Program
Each year, OMSC offers a unique opportunity for one artist from the majority world to pursue their work freely while participating in the life of our Residential Study Program. Since its inauguration in 2001, the OMSC Artist in Residence Program has hosted twelve outstanding visual artists, and we plan to expand this opportunity to musical and literary artists in the future.