Association of Professors of Mission
15 - 16 June 2017
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Our North American context immerses us every day in complex contemporary issues that arise from the public arena: issues of racial justice, immigration, gender and sexuality, ecology and environment, to name but a few. Speaking to such issues responsibly from a missional perspective requires awareness of how religious language is heard, as well as how to have gracious dialog and loving engagement. This conference will seek to consider this question: What should mission and the teaching of mission look like in our increasingly complex public arena?
Embodying a missionally informed perspective in today’s world can be challenging. We can be uncertain about what will offend and what will resonate, what is respectful of social difference and what is faithful to what we have seen and heard. This is especially pertinent as we prepare students for mission work globally; equipping them to appropriately interact with their various complex environments. Our students are wondering how to effectively engage in their complex public arenas in both biblically and missiologically informed ways.
We seek papers that consider how to negotiate contemporary landscapes in North America and worldwide with faithful Christian witness in our mission teaching and scholarship, including models of dialog and engagement.
• D.A. Carson – Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
• Evelyne A. Reisacher – Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Relations, Fuller Theological Seminary
• Daniel White Hodge – Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University