The Overseas Ministries Study Center engages in mission with the world Christian movement via our signature four-fold ministry:
(1) Residential COMMUNITY of Global CHURCH leaders, Research scholars, and artists
OMSC residents come from every nation and Christian tradition. Generally, they are with us for a full academic year, but some come for one semester or even a shorter period of residency. They are Global Church Leaders (local pastors, church leaders, cross-cultural missionaries, mission agency executives, and educational administrators), Research Scholars (seminary, university, and college professors, and PhD candidates in the dissertation stage), and visual, musical, or literary Artists. They come seeking intellectual and spiritual renewal, 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 a sustained time in community for worship, study, and rest, but with new visions for their particular ministries.
(2) International bulletin of mission research
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 thinkers in mission and world Christianity appear in the IBMR and as seminar facilitators at OMSC. Issues older than five years are available for free download.
(3) STUDY PROGRAm
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Our Study Program offers innovative seminars that focus on a rich range of subjects related to the world churches’ participation in God’s mission. With registration open to the public, OMSC’s seminars are designed to encourage “two-way traffic” among the participants and to foster more faithful Christian witness in our complex, multicultural world. 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
(4) 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 community. Since its inauguration in 2001, the OMSC Artist in Residence Program has hosted twelve outstanding visual artists, and we hope to expand this opportunity to musical and literary artists in the future.