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2: Annual Meeting


Annual Meeting


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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY

2018 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Our 2018 gathering will take place at St. Mary's College on the campus of Notre Dame University, South Bend Indiana.

The dates are June 15 - 17, 2018 and the theme will be "Interfaith Friendships as Incarnational Mission Practice."

Registration information will be available early in 2018.

 


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3: Travel Pool


Travel Pool


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The basic purposes of the travel pool are to allow us

 

1. To minimize the total travel costs of the ASM meeting (by choosing a central location);

2. To avoid discrimination against those members who live at a great distance from the central site chosen;

3. To avoid paying out funds that some institutional budget would have covered had this travel pool not existed.

 

The measures we have taken to accomplish these purposes are

 

1. To incorporate into the registration fee for everyone a modest amount in excess of the expected expenses of the annual meeting. This amount will be available for a travel pool.

2. To focus on that portion of everyone's travel costs (excluding ground transportation to and from an airport) which the member her/himself would have to pay were there no travel pool, and which is not in excess of the lowest cost air fare - night coach, economy, excursion, or super saver where possible, whether or not the member takes advantage of this fare. While not required, a stand-by fare (clergy or otherwise) is encouraged where this is feasible to the member. Where several come in a car, they should each submit the proportion of the 45 cents per mile chargeable to them should that be less than the lowest air fare.

3. Only those who have been ASM members for at least six months immediately prior to the annual meeting are eligible to participate in the travel fund.

4. This travel pool is available to all ASM members, regardless of their country of residence. 

 

 

Our actual process is as follows:

 

1. We compile a list of those who are eligible, putting down their actual travel costs or minimum air fare, whichever is less.

2. We subtract $125 from the amount defined in #2 above and call the remainder the "reimbursable portion."

3. If the travel pool amounts to less than the total of reimbursable amounts, e.g., 75%, then 75% of each person's reimbursable portion will be repaid.

 

 

To apply for the travel pool, follow the link below to the travel pool form, print it and fill it out, and send it to the ASM Treasurer.

 

ASM Travel Pool Request Form


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4: Regional Gatherings


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Regional Gatherings


 

 

Information is forthcoming. Annual Mtg - Registration Table


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5: AETE


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AETE

Meeting Announcement for the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE)

For information on our annual meeting, contact Bob Whitesel, AETE President, atBob.Whitesel@indwes.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017!


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6: Position Openings


Position Openings


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If you or your institution would like to announce a job opportunity on this page, please email missiology@biola.edu. 

 

Faculty Search: Associate Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies
(Available as of 21 August 2017)

 

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track associate professor in mission and intercultural studies. Applicants should hold an earned PhD in intercultural studies, anthropology or a cognate discipline, should have teaching experience, international experience with competency in a foreign language, and be able to mentor doctoral research projects. Candidates must also evidence strong Christian commitment and affirm without reservation Trinity's statement of faith.

 

Primary responsibilities for this position include teaching graduate level courses in missions, cultural anthropology, and social science research methods, as well as advising students and directing masters and doctoral research.

 

Trinity is committed to excellence and diversity in its faculty, staff and students. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by sending a current c.v. and cover letter via mail or email to:

 

Dr. David M. Gustafson

Mission and Evangelism Department Chair

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

dgustafson@tiu.edu

 

 

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL

Buies Creek, North Carolina

 

Applicants should apply online at http://www.campbell.edu/about/employment/ and should attach a letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, and a statement of personal faith and calling. In addition, applicants should outline their own theological understanding of Christian mission.

 

Applications are welcome from all candidates whose profile matches the position description, especially those from traditionally under-represented populations. The committee reserves the right to fill the position at any time or to extend the search.

 

Transcripts, references, and additional material may be requested if needed for further consideration.  Campbell University maintains a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Accordingly, the University is committed to administering all educational and employment activities without discrimination as to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law, except where appropriate and authorized by law. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, the following employment decisions and practices: hiring; upgrading; promotions; demotions or transfers; layoffs; recalls; terminations; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; selection for training, including apprenticeship; and recruitment or recruitment advertising.


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7: Forums


Forums


Thank you for your patience as we get continue working to activate each of the forums listed below. The "Future of the Discipline of Missiology" forum is active; others are soon to follow. We appreciate your participation!

 

 

The Future of the Discipline of Missiology  

 

This Forum contains papers being presented at the Annual Meeting of ASM on Saturday afternoon, June 18. The initial paper is a reflection by Craig Van Gelder on the Future of Missiology entitled "Historical Development of the Discipline of Missiology: From a Western Tradition to a Global Enterprise." The responses that follow are from those who will serve on the Response Panel. Please join the discussion and post your response.   

 

 

ASM General Forum  

 

Is there a particular puzzle, dilemma, problem you think needs some fresh insight? Post a topic, a question, a hypothesis, a wild idea. See where it leads. Have you been pondering a particular missiological issue and/or forming a new (you think) take on it? Are you ready to launch the idea among friends and see if it floats? Pose it. Show what brought you to it. Say what you would like to test, and the kind of responses you would be eager to hear. (Being brief and to the point helps!)   

 

 

Missiology: An International Review Forum  

 

In this Forum you will have an opportunity to read a lead article in the most recent issue of Missiology and engage the author in a discussion about its content, theory, proposals and implications.   

 

 

Scholar in Residence Forum  

 

Each month, ASM member(s) will host a discussion focused on their particular area of expertise, field of study, and/or current research pursuit. Join in the discussion to engage top scholars in the Field of Missiology-ask questions, explored new ideas, and engage our scholars around important issues for you in your mission pursuits.   

 

 

Mission Research Forum  

 

Post a few notes on your current research interest or project, in order to explore who else might be traveling down a similar path. Let connections spark and new collaborative relationships flourish!  You may want to probe what other people find to be critical bibliographic resources for your line of research. Or as you begin teaching in a particular area, you may want to discover from veteran teachers in the field what pedagogical strategies have been found to be useful.   

 

 

ASM Student Forum  

 

Join other students actively engaged in formal Mission Study Programs. Share your own research ideas. Ask for the critique and insight of others. Seek out others who may be traveling the same educational and research path you are on. Create new study and research communities as you find like-minded colleagues in the same pursuits. (Let us know and we will be happy to create a new sub-forum for your group.) 


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8: Facebook


Facebook


Facebook

Be a Friend/Fan on the ASM Facebook page and keep up with what's happening with other folks in the Society.

 

 

 

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9: Twitter


Twitter


Note: This page is still under construction. Please come back again soon.

 

testFind out which ASM members are tweeting, and choose which ones you want to follow.

  • Register your Tweet ID (members only)
  • Go to (list of members who are tweeting)


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10: Global Connections


Global Connections


The church consists of a patchwork of local theologies around the world. Each local theology has the need to be in dialogue with other local theologies and the larger church tradition as it develops and bears witness to God's presence in Jesus Christ within its own cultural context. Staying connected and encouraging participation in Global and North American mission conferences and events is one way the American Society of Missiology supports the essential dialogue necessary for the global church and its mission calling.

 

 

Global Events:

There are no upcoming global events currently listed. To include an event here, please contact Allan Effa, the ASM secretary.

 


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11: Manuscript Submission


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For Missology: An International Review: Most articles come from unsolicited submissions, which are always welcome. For information on how to submit a manuscript, please visithttp://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mis.

For the ASM Series: Volumes in the Series are monographs on critical themes in mission studies. They are selected for their high merit and wide interest in the study of mission.  Correspondence regarding submitting manuscripts for review should be addressed to Robert Hunt at roberth@smu.edu.

For the ASM Scholarly Monograph Series: Authors wishing their dissertations or monographs to be considered for the Series must first submit an abstract, table of contents, and a letter explaining the relevance and importance of the study to the ASM Scholarly Monograph Series Editorial Committee Chair, James Krabill. If the topic is deemed of interest and appropriate, the Chair will request three hard (i.e., printed, not electronic) copies of the dissertation, one to each member of the Committee. These will not be returned. Members of the Series Committee, who may request assistance from expert readers on specialized topics, judge the dissertations. Every effort will be made to make a decision on the publication on the dissertation within three months.


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12: Membership Renewal


Membership


Membership Renewal

American Society of Missiology members enjoy several benefits, including

 

  • a subscription to the society's quarterly journal,Missiology: An International Review
  • occasional ASM newsletters and other informative materials, such as the yearly meetings' announcements and registration forms
  • travel pool privileges to the annual ASM meeting
  • name, contact, and other general information for all members are available to other members online (in addition to what is listed every other year in the April issue of Missiology)

 

If you would like to become a member of ASM, or if you would like to renew your membership, please submit your dues (which include the Missiology subscription fee) via the ASM Access Portal.

 

View ASM Membership Rates (ASM Membership comes with a subscription toMissiology)


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13: Subscription


Subscription


SubscriptionThank you for your interest in the American Society of Missiology and in subscribing toMissiology: An International Review, the quarterly ASM journal. Click here to view our updated subscription rates! (These are for non-ASM members; see below to view rates for ASM Members.)

 

Important! November 30, 2012 was the last day on which non-member subscriptions could be ordered through the Editorial Office. If you would like to renew/subscribe as a non-ASM Member, please use to the addresses listed below to submit your subscription request:

 

 

 

 

Missiology Subscription Rates

Note: Single issues published in 1977 or later are also available for individual purchase: $11/copy for US orders; $20/copy for international orders. The cost of shipping is included in these rates. To order individual back-issues, contact Patti in the

Missiology Editorial Office.

 

 

ASM Membership Rates (includes Missiology Subscription)

If you are an ASM Member and would like to renew your membership and subscription, or if you would like to become a member, please submit your request via the ASM Access Portal.

 

Thank you for your interest in the American Society of Missiology!

 


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14: Association of Professors of Mission


Association of Professors of Mission


APM

Overview


The Association of Professors of Mission was formed in 1952 and was the founding organization for the American Society of Missiology in 1972. Among the many resources you will find on their Web site are a library of mission course syllabi, a listing of mission programs in North America, and research resources.

 

The APM and ASM maintain their historical ties as they meet conjointly every year. 

 

APM Annual Meeting

NEW! 

June 15 - 16, 2017

Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL


Theme:

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.

 

Plenary Speakers:

• D.A. Carson – Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

• Michal Meulenberg - Instructor, Pepperdine University; teaches regularly on Muslim-Christian peacemaking on various university and seminary campuses

• Daniel White Hodge – Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University


Click here for the APM Annual Meeting Call for Papers 

 

Papers from the 2015 APM Conference have been complied into a volume which may be downloaded as an electronic version or, for an inexpensive price, may be ordered as a bound volume entitled "What's in a Name? Assessing Mission Studies Program Titles: The 2015 Proceedings of The Association of Professors of Mission." See http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/12/

 

 


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15: ASM Member Information Database


ASM Member Information Database


Member Information Database

The ASM Information Database provides ASM members general information about other members, including contact information and areas of interest. The Database also enables users and authorized ASM staff to monitor and update individuals' account information, including payment records and membership/journal subscription status.

 

Please note that general information that ASM members supply to the ASM Information Database is available only to other ASM members, not to the general public. With respect to account information of ASM members, ASM friends, and journal-only subscribers, only the individual users themselves and authorized ASM staff have access to that account information.

 

To join ASM, click here.

 

Current ASM members may login here to see a directory list of current ASM members' names or to update your own information and account.  Click on “Member Database.”  Please note that the list is incomplete, as it is still being created. Thank you for your patience!


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16: Organization Links


Organization Links


Organization Links

 

ASSOCIATIONS
 
International Association for Mission Studies

South African Missiological Society
German Society for Mission Studies
 (English and German languages) 
Evangelical Missiological Society

Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education


ORGANIZATIONS


Church World Service(NCCCUSA)
Global Mapping International

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

Maryknoll Missions
Overseas Ministries Study Center

U.S. Catholic Mission Association

World Council of Churches


PROJECTS


Gospel and Our Culture Network (North America)

Gospel and Our Culture Network (UK)
Newbigin.Net (Online Bibliography and Documents)

Missiology Matters

Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Book Series

Social Scientific Study of Missions Project

 

PUBLISHERS


Orbis Books

William Carey Library

Baker Books


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17: Research Site Links


Research Site Links


Research Site Links

One of the core values of the American Society of Missiology is to facilitate mutual assistance and exchange of information and encourage research and publication in the study of Christian missions. In support of these core values the ASM lists below links to key research sites:

 

 

 

 


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18: Missiology


Missiology


 

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HERITAGE & HISTORY

Missiology: An International Review is the quarterly journal of the American Society of Missiology. The journal is a forum for the exchange of ideas and research between missiologists and others interested in related subjects. There are approximately 1150 subscribers worldwide. 

Missiology began publication in 1973, continuing in the tradition of its predecessor, Practical Anthropology. As one of the premier scholarly journals of mission studies, it is distinctively:

  • multi-disciplinary - history, theology, anthropology, communication theory, religious encounter, ecumenics, methodology
  • interconfessional - works from Roman Catholic, conciliar, and conservative evangelical spheres
  • practical - not just theoretical reflection, but applied mission science.

 

              

 

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2016 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology

 

Joyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters

 

The American Society of Missiology honors

Evelyne A. Reisacher

As the fifth recipient of the annual Book Award for Excellence in Missiology.

 

Her book, JOYFUL WITNESS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters, published by Baker Academic in 2016 is recognized for its significant contribution and is noted for how it will affect how mission studies are examined, understood, and interpreted.

Presented June 17, 2017, Wheaton, Illinois

Darrell Whiteman, Ph.D.
Publisher
American Society of Missiology

Paul Kollman, CSC
President, American Society of Missiology,
2016-2017

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

Important Note: November 30, 2012 was the last day on which non-member subscriptions could be ordered through the Editorial Office. If you are an ASM Member, renew/subscribe using the ASM Access Portal as usual. However, if you would like to renew/subscribe but do not wish to pay ASM Membership dues as well, please renew/subscribe using the addresses listed below:

 

 

Missiology subscription rates can be found here. To view the rates for individual ASM Membership, which includes a subscription to Missiology, click here. Single issues published in 2006 or later are also available for individual purchase: $11/copy for US orders; $20/copy for international orders. The cost of shipping is included in these rates. To order individual back-issues, contact Patti in the Missiology Editorial Office. 

 

ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS & ONLINE ACCESS

 

Most articles come from unsolicited submissions, which are always welcome. For information on manuscript submission, please visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mis.

Book Review Style Guide is also available for those who contribute book reviews. To become a book reviewer for Missiology, an individual must fill out the Book Reviewer Information Form and return it to the Editorial Office. Potential reviewers receive quarterly lists of books that are available for review and must notify the Editorial Office if they are interested in applying to contribute a particular book's review. The Book Review Editor, David Fenrick, notifies individual reviewers if they have been assigned their requested reviews.

ASM Membership information (which includes a subscription to Missiology) can be found here

 

Subscribers can access Missiology online via SAGE Publications. Visithttp://mis.sagepub.com/ and sign in with your username and password to accessMissiology online.

 


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19: Atlas Access


Atlas Access


 

 

ATLAS Access Missiology ATLAS Online Access

 

Missiology is among the key theological journals chosen by American Theological Library Association (ATLA) to be included in ATLASerials® (ATLAS®). ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) is an online database collection of a subset of more than 180 of the major religion and theology journals indexed in the ATLA Religion Database® and available as full-text journal articles. ATLAS subscription options are available for academic institutions, alumni of selected theological schools, and clergy/church offices.

 

ASM members and Missiology subscribers have quick and easy online access toMissiology through ATLAS. Beginning with Volume I in 1973, all articles over a year old are available to subscribers through the ATLAS site. Login here to proceed directly to previous years' issues via the ATLAS database.

 


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20: ASM Series


ASM Series


 

ASM Series

Note: Additions and updates to the lists below coming soon!

The ASM, in association with Orbis Books, publishes a series of monographs on critical themes in mission studies.

Authors wishing their manuscripts to be considered for the ASM Series must first submit a proposal containing a one page description of the topic, a table of contents, and a letter explaining the relevance and importance of the study to the ASM Series Committee Chair, Robert Hunt (roberth@smu.edu). If the topic is deemed of interest and appropriate, the Chair will request a PDF file of your MS in a single file for review by the Committee, which may request assistance from expert readers on specialized topics. Every effort will be made to make a decision on the publication on the dissertation within three months.

Volumes in the Series are selected for their high merit and wide interest in the study of mission.  Correspondence regarding submitting manuscripts for review should be addressed to Robert Hunt, P.O. Box 750133, Dallas, TX 75275-0133. The other members of the ASM Series Editorial Committee are Paul Hertig, Robert Gallagher, Kristopher W. Seaman, Hendrick Pieterse, Brian Froehle, Peter Vethanyagamony, Francis Adeney, and Lisa White.

The most recent volumes published in the Series (listed below) will soon be available for purchase through the ASM Web site.

 

BEVANS, Stephen B., and SCHROEDER, Roger P. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. 2004. 491 pp.

KOLLMAN, Paul, CSC. The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in East Africa. 2005.

NUSSBAUM, Stan. A Reader's Guide to Transforming Mission. 2005. 160 pp.

OKOYE, James Chukwuma.  Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament. 2006.

SMITH, Susan E.  Women in Mission: From the New Testament to Today.  2007. 234 pp.

WICKERI, Philip L.  Reconstructing Christianity in China. K. H. Ting and the Chinese Church.2007.  516 pp

 

HERTIG, Paul, and GALLAGHER, Robert L., eds.  Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity .  2009.  288 pp.

ANDERSON, Gerald, and WHITEMAN, Darrell, eds., World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit. 2009.  358 pp.

MCGEE, Gary. Miracles, Missions and American Pentecostalism.  2010.  288 pp.

HUNT, Robert.  The Gospel Among the Nations: Christian Mission in a Pluralistic World.  2010.  400 pp. 

THOMAS, Norman E.  Missions and Unity: Lessons from History, 1792 to 2010.  Wipf and Stock.  2010.  (Click here to buy)

 

Books published in the ASM Series, in alphabetical order, include the following:

 

ANDERSON, Gerald H.,  Robert T. Coote, Norman A. Horner, James M. Phillips, eds.  MissionLegacies.  1994. 640 pp.

BONK, Jonathan J. Missions and Money. (Revised and Expanded) 2006.

BOSCH, David J. Transforming Mission. 1991. 534 pp.

BROWN, G. Thompson. Earthen Vessels & Transcendent Power: American Presbyterians in China, 1837-1952. 1997.

CHRISTENSEN, Thomas G. An African Tree of Life. 1990. 160 pp.

COOK, Guillermo. The Expectation of the Poor: Latin American Basic Ecclesial Communities in Protestant Perspective. 1985. 251 pp.

COOK, Guillermo, ed.  New Face of the Church in Latin America. 1994. 300 pp.

COVELL, Ralph R. Confucius, the Buddha, and Christ: A History of the Gospel in Chinese.1986. 253 pp.

DRIES, Angelyn. The Missionary Movement in American Catholic History, 1820-1980. 1998.

DRUMMOND, Richard. Toward a New Age in Christian Theology. 1985. 272 pp.

FORMAN, Charles W. Island Churches of the Pacific: Emergence in the Twentieth Century.1982. 352 pp.

GITTINS, Anthony J. CSSp. Bread for the Journey. 1991. 250 pp.

HANSON, Eric O. Catholic Politics in China and Korea. 1980. 160 pp.

HUNT, Everett Nichlols, Protestant Pioneers in Korea. 1980. 122 pp.

KNITTER, Paul F.  No Other Name?  A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions. 1985. 304 pp.

KOLLMAN, Paul, CSC. The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in East Africa. 2005.

KRAFT, Marguerite G. Understanding Spiritual Power: A Forgotten Dimension of Cross Cultural Mission and Ministry. 1995.

LARKIN, William L., Jr. and Joel F. Williams. Heaven-Sent: An Evangelical Approach to Mission in the New Testament. 1998.

LUZBETAK, Louis J., SVD.  The Church and Cultures:  New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology. 1988. 384 pp.

MÜLLER, Karl, Theo Sundermeier, Stephan B. Bevans and Richard H. Bliese, eds. Dictionary of Mission: Theology, History, Perspectives. 1997.

NEELY, Alan. Christian Mission: A Case Study Approach. 1995.

NIDA, Eugene, and William Reyburn.  Meaning Across Cultures:  A Study in Bible Translating.1981. 96 pp.

NUSSBAUM, Stan. A Reader's Guide to Transforming Mission. 2005. 160 pp.

OKOYE, James Chukwuma.  Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament.2006.

PHILLIPS, James M. From the Rising of the Sun: Christians and Society in Contemporary Japan. 1981. 319 pp.

SANNEH, Lamin.  Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture. 1989. 225 pp.

SHENK, Wilbert R.  Henry Venn-Missionary Statesman. 1983. 192 pp.

STAMOOLIS, James. Eastern Orthodox Mission Theology Today. 1986. 208 pp.

THOMAS, Norman E., ed. Classic Texts in Mission & World Christianity. 1995. 346 pp.

WOODBERRY, J. Dudley, Charles E. Van Engen, Edgar J. Elliston, eds. Missiological Education for the 21st Century. 1996. 

 

Order books from your bookstore or from Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY 10545 USA.


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21: ASM Monographs


ASM Monographs


ASM MonographsThe American Society of Missiology publishes a series for distinguished dissertations and other similar scholarly monographs in missiology and in related fields of missiological interest. In its initial years the series was co-published with the University Press of America, and from 2006 onward it is being co-published with Pickwick Publications, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers.

The ASM Scholarly Monograph Series makes more widely available quality scholarly work relating to the area of world mission. The Series welcomes submissions of doctoral dissertations completed in the last three years at universities and theological institutions in North America and around the world. Other similar scholarly monographs are also welcome. The manuscripts must be in English and not exceeding 350-400 pages.

Authors wishing their dissertations or monographs to be considered for the Series must first submit an abstract, table of contents, and a letter explaining the relevance and importance of the study to the ASM Scholarly Monograph Series Editorial Committee Chair, James R. Krabill. If the topic is deemed of interest and appropriate, the Chair will request a full electronic copy of the dissertation. Members of the Series Committee, who may request assistance from expert readers on specialized topics, judge the dissertations.

For further information regarding the Series, contact the Editorial Committee Chair, James R. Krabill (jamesk@mmnworld.net). See more at: http://asmweb.org/asm-monographs#sthash.bdf15FHc.dpuf.

  • James R. Krabill, Chair, Adjunct Professor of Missions, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Miriam Charter, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies (retired), Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta
  • Robert Gallagher, Chair of the Intercultural Studies department and Director of M.A. (Intercultural Studies), Wheaton College Graduate School
  • Sarita D. Gallagher, Associate Professor of Religion, George Fox University
  • William P. Gregory, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Clarke University
  • Margaret E. Guider, OSF, Associate Professor of Missiology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Paul V. Kollman, Associate Professor of Theology and Executive Director Center for Social Concerns (CSC), University of Notre Dame
  • Bonnie Sue Lewis, Professor of Mission and World Christianity, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
  • Michael A. Rynkiewich, Professor of Anthropology (retired), Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Roger Schroeder, Professor of Intercultural Studies and Ministry, Catholic Theological Union



ASM SCHOLARLY MONOGRAPHS SERIES (Wipf & Stock, 2007-2017):

 

EARLIER PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASM SCHOLARLY MONOGRAPH SERIES [formerly ASM Dissertation Series]:

 

  • J. Nelson Jennings. Theology in Japan: Takakura Tokutaro (1885-1934)2005. Click here to purchase.
  • Ross Langmead. The Word Made Flesh: Towards an Incarnational Missiology2004. Clickhere to purchase.
  • George F. Pickens. African Christian God-Talk: Matthew Ajuoga's Johera Narrative. 2004. Click here to purchase.
  • Kevin Xiyi Yao. The Fundamentalist Movement among Protestant Missionaries in China, 1920-1937. 2003. Click here to purchase.
  • A. Sue Russell. Conversion, Identity, and Power: The Impact of Christianity on Power Relationships and Social Exchanges. 1999. Click here to purchase.
  • Michael Parker. The Kingdom of Character: The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, 1886-1926. 1998. Click here to purchase.
  • Douglas James Hayward. Vernacular Christianity Among the Mulia Dani: An Ethnography of Religious Belief Among the Western Dani of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. 1997. Click here to purchase.

 


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22: Course Syllabi


Course Syllabi


Course Syllabus

The Association of Professors of Mission has for many years made syllabi available on its Web site to enhance teaching of mission studies. We are pleased that we maintain a close relationship and partnership with the APM and can now link you to their site to access their colleciton of mission course syllabi.

 

Please click here to link to the APM Syllabi.

 

If you teach in the mission field and would like to have us post your syllabus, please email a copy (in pdf format) to ed_office@asmweb.org. Thank you.


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23: Book Review Submission


Book Review Submission


Book Review Submission

Book reviews are an essential component of the ASM journalMissiology. David E. Fenrick is the Book Review Editor. In collaboration with theMissiology Editorial Office, the Book Review Editor maintains a list of approved book reviewers. Contact David Fenrick or the Missiology Editorial Office about your participation in this network of reviewers.

 

Book Review Style Guide is also available for those who contribute book reviews. To become a book reviewer forMissiology, an individual must fill out the Book Reviewer Information Form and return it to the Missiology Editorial Office. Potential reviewers receive quarterly lists of books that are available for review and must notify the Editorial Office if they are interested in applying to contribute a particular book's review. The Book Review Editor notifies individual reviewers if they have been assigned their requested reviews. 


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24: Key People


key people


Key People

 

OFFICERS

 

 

 

President 

Bonnie Sue Lewis

(Conciliar Protestant)

First Vice President

Al Tizon

(Independent)

 

 

Second Vice President

Arun Jones

(Conciliar Protestant

 

 

Secretary

 

Allan Effa

 

(Three-year renewable term beginning 2015)

Treasurer

Robert Danielson

(Three-year renewable term beginning 2016)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Conciliar Protestant

Scott Sunquist

Hunter Farrell

Joon-Sik Park


Roman Catholic


Kim Lamberty


Mike Haasl

vanThan Nguyen

Independent

Sarita Gallagher

Ruth Padilla DeBoerst

Leanne Dzubinski

BOARD OF PUBLICATIONS

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Conciliar Protestant

Daniel Shin

Phil Huber

Benjamin Hartley

Roman Catholic

Greg Darr


Aaron Wessman

Robert Hurteau

Independent

Daniel While Hodge

Jamie Sanchez

Roberta King


MISSIOLOGY EDITORS

Editor - Rich Starcher

Associate Editor - Jehu Hanciles

Associate Editor - Colleen Mallon, OP

Associate Editor - Eloise Meneses

Associate Editor - W. Jay Moon

Book Review Editor - David E. Fenrick

 

ASM SERIES EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

Robert Hunt, Chair

Paul Hertig

Robert Gallagher

Kristopher W. Seaman

Hendrick Pieterse

Brian Froehle

Peter Vethanyagamony

Francis Adeney

Lisa Beth White


ASM SCHOLARLY MONOGRAPH SERIES EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

James R. Krabill, Chair

Paul V. Kollman

Bonnie Sue Lewis

Craig Ott

Michael A. Rynkiewich

Roger Schroeder

Gary Simpson

 

PUBLISHER

Darrel Whiteman

 

E-PUBLISHING

Patricia Fenrick

 

ASM STUDENT FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP

Primary Contact - Jamie Lynn Ross

Director of Social Networking - Bruce Yoder

Director of Print Media - David Scott

 

 

 

 


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Contact Information


Contact Information

ASM Secretary:

Allan Effa

11525  23 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3

allan.effa@taylor-edu.ca

 

ASM Treasurer:

Robert Danielson

204 N. Lexington Ave.

Wilmore, KY 40390

robert.danielson@asburyseminary.edu

 

Editor of Missiology:

Rich Starcher 

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave.

La Mirada, CA 90639

Phone: (562) 903-4844

Fax: (562) 903-4851

editor@asmweb.org  

 

Missiology Subscriptions:

Subscribers in UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia: subscription@sagepub.co.uk

Subscribers in Asia (excluding India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, The Maldives, Nepal or Sri Lanka): asiasubscriptions@sagepub.co.uk

Subscribers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, The Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka:sage@vsnl.com

Subscribers in North America and the ROW: journals@sagepub.com

 

Missiology Editorial Assistant:

Patti Colombo

13800 Biola Ave.

La Mirada, CA 90639

Phone: (562) 944-0351 x5740

Fax: (562) 903-4851

missiology@asmweb.org and

missiology@biola.edu

 

Missiology Book Review Editor:

David E. Fenrick

University of Northwestern - St. Paul 

3003 Snelling Ave. North, Box C

St. Paul, MN 55113

Phone: (651) 631-5229

Fax: (651) 628-3258

review_editor@asmweb.org

 

ASM Series Editor:

Robert Hunt

P.O. Box 750133

Dallas, TX 75275-0133

roberth@smu.edu

 

ASM Scholarly Monograph Series Editor:  
James R. Krabill
Adjunct Professor, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Senior Executive for Global Ministries, Mennonite Mission Network

P.O. Box 370
Elkhart, IN 46515
Phone: (574) 361-2061

jamesk@mmnworld.net

 

ASM Publisher:

Darrell Whiteman

3481 Kiveton Drive

Norcross, GA 30092

Phone: 770-789-7078

Darrellwhiteman47@gmail.com

 

 

SAGE Publications Ltd.

1, Oliver's Yard 
55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP

United Kingdom

Phone (Subscriptions Department): +44 (0) 20 7324 8701

subscription@sagepub.co.uk


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26: Board Minutes


Board Minutes


2017 Board of Directors discussing around a table

American Society of Missiology

Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wheaton College, 255 Science Building 

 

Members Present:

Bonnie Sue Lewis (President), Arun Jones, Sarita Gallagher, Darrell Whiteman,  Hunter Farrell, Allan Effa, Allison Fitchett (invited), Kim Lamberty, Leanne Dzubinski, Bill Gregory (sitting in for Ben Hartley), Joon-Sik Park, Al Tizon, Scott Sunquist, Mike Haasl, Paul Kollman, van Than Nguyen, Ruth Padilla DeBoerst, Robbie Danielson (skype)

 

Absent:

Rich Starcher, Ben Hartley

Bonnie Sue opened in prayer and welcomed the new board members, asking each one to share a bit about their work.

The board expressed deepest thanks to Paul Kollman for a great year of service and an excellent meeting.

 

Initial Review of Conference

We benefitted from the fine logistical service of Eric Durbin of the Wheaton Conference services.

Allison noted that some of the same people have been presenting papers consecutively and wondered if we should give preference to people who have not presented recently.

Leanne pointed out that some people wanted to organize a panel but did not know anyone beforehand so could not organize a panel.

We noted that the papers presented this time were of a high quality. We discussed ways for practitioners to share some of their best practices in a colloquium type setting. When a more informal colloquium session is planned, we should ensure that a senior faculty member is present. Having strong panels and papers on Sunday seemed to help keep a high attendance to the very end.

Kim noted that much of the conference seems to still be geared to scholars and professors with less content directed to practitioners. This should be discussed more fully in the fall board meeting.

Joon-Sik also reported that that Korean language papers were of a high quality.

 

Continuation of Friday Board Meeting

Bill Gregory reported that Mike Sweeney may be able to help develop our website offerings. 

Allan shared that he reviewed the ASM archival materials currently stored at the Billy Graham Museum and that they are unable to receive new materials and are willing to transfer our holdings to a new location.

MSC that we move our archival materials currently held by the Billy Graham Center Museum Archives to Asbury Theological Seminary Archives as an unrestricted gift and that our president write a letter to Bob Shuster at the Billy Graham Museum Center requesting release of our archival materials.

Allan, Robbie and Bonnie Sue will work on the logistics of shipping the materials.

 

Proposal of MOU with Korean Society of Mission Studies

Bonnie Sue reported that this society has been in existence since the 1970s and is made up primarily of mission professors and practitioners. They are seeking a formal partnership with us to broaden their exposure and relationships with the larger missiological community. They are an ecumenical Protestant society.

Some reluctance was expressed about signing an MOU at this moment and we decided to postpone this until the fall meeting. We need to do further inquiry concerning the theological position of the group, their posture toward working with Roman Catholics, and toward the role of women in leadership. We will inform them that this is a new thing for us and will need more time to process this.

We received a request from Enoch Kim to set up a Korean Advisory Team to work under the umbrella of ASM. We will revisit this in the fall board meeting.

We identified the need to reach out to a number of such groups (Latino, African American, young urban scholars, etc) and develop pathways to network with these groups.  Ruth Padilla DeBoerst will strategize with the Latino group, Sarita will strategize to reach younger people, and we will ask Daniel Hodge to consider leading a panel next year with a focus on urban mission in North America.

 

Date for Fall Board Dates

Tentative dates for Fall Board Retreat - October 29, 2017, beginning with dinner until Monday October 30 at 3:00 PM

 

Refunds for Cancellations

Paul informed the board that we are refunding people 1/3 of the cost of registration for last minute cancellations. This should be considered a policy, though we can entertain exceptions in unusual cases.

 

Grant Request

We received an informal request for funding from APM to help fund an annual executive board retreat. We deferred this to the fall board meeting and need a formal proposal from APM. Sarita will inform the new APM president of this.

 

Reconstitution of Nominating Committee

We should send suggestions for committee members to Bonnie Sue.  Steve Bevans was suggested. We should have this in place before the fall board retreat.

 

Travel Pool

Arun reminded us of a previous decision made in 2010 to open up our travel pool beyond Canada and the 48 contiguous states, with a limit of $400.00 per request.  Robbie suggested that we raise the total travel pool pay-out to $6,000, continuing with a cap of $400.00 maximum per person. This can be reviewed again in the fall. Moved, seconded and carried.

 

We adjourned at 3:15 PM with Al Tizon closing us in prayer.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Allan Effa, Secretary

 

Authorized for Distribution:

Bonnie Sue Lewis, President

Al Tizon, 1st Vice President

 

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, June 16, 2017, 3:15-5:15

Wheaton College, 255 Science Building  

 

Members Present:

Paul Kollman (President), Bonnie Sue Lewis, Arun Jones, Frances Adeney, Rich Starcher, Patti Colombo, Sarita Gallagher, Dan Shaw, Darrell Whiteman, Greg Leffel, Hunter Farrell, Allan Effa, Allison Fitchett (invited), Bryan Froehle, Kim Lamberty, Bill Gregory, Al Tizon, Scott Sunquist, Mike Haasl, Robbie Danielson (skype)

 

Absent:

Ruth Padilla DeBoerst

 

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the October 2016 BOD meeting were approved as presented.

 

Meeting updates

a. AETE/APM. Darrell informed us that AETE intends to join us at St. Mary's next year.

b. Registration, housing, rooms. We have a large number of registrants this year and have had some cancellations. Allan, Allison and Paul are proposing that we offer a refund of 1/3 of the conference registration fee.  In the future, we should indicate that there will be no refunds after a certain date.

 

Treasurer's Report

A written report was circulated to the members. We continue to receive more income than we are spending. Scott requested that future treasurer reports have data from three years, side-by-side, for comparison purposes. Bryan also suggested that the report should separate out certain activities such as conference expenses, web development, and the annual board retreat. We want to make sure we know if our conference expenses are in line with the income from conferences. We need to develop a standardized report for conference income and expenses.

We have not invested any of our funds to date. The board expressed support to move forward with this as soon as possible. We reaffirmed our earlier email decision to invest funds and decided that we would invest $100,000 in the United Church Fund identified by Bryan Froehle.

 

Nominating Committee Report  

The committee selected three board members and a second vice-president. VanThan Nguyen (Roman Catholic) Leanne Dzubinski (Independent), Joon-Sik Park (Conciliar), and Arun Jones (Second VP).

Board of Publications - Roberta King (I), Robert Hurteau (RC), and Ben Hartley (C), class of 2020 members. Phil Huber, Aaron Wessman and one more is being contacted to fill positions that became vacant due to resignations. This slate will be presented at the Business Meeting on Saturday.

 

Board of Publications Report.

The board requests allocation of up to $1,500 for the purchase of a computer for Patti Colombo's use with Missiology. Moved, Seconded and Carried.

We have received requests for publication of Korean language papers in our ASM working papers.  The Board will endorse this provided we can find a capable editor to oversee this. Bryan also suggested that, if we move forward with publishing papers in other languages, that we also provide the abstracts of each article in the languages of the series (Korean, English and Spanish).

Daniel White Hodge has offered to prepare podcasts for our website. He and Allan will work on that.

Phil Huber has also offered to develop a preaching blog focused on missional preaching. We need someone to manage our website blog.

Bryan raised concerns about the sustainability of these projects over the long term.

Appreciation was expressed to Arun and Bill for their excellent service to the board.

 

Miscellaneous Items

We discussed how to include the Korean missiologist group in a more official manner. We need to encourage Enoch Kim to come up with a specific proposal.  Bonnie Sue Lewis has been appointed to talk this over with Enoch and explore this further.

Members who died since the past meeting:

Iain MacLean, Alan Kreider, C. Peter Wagner.  We will ask for names at the plenary session and then memorialize these people during the Saturday evening.

 

Future Conference/Symposium Themes and Details

a.       2018 Conference Theme - Bonnie Sue Lewis (Interfaith friendship as incarnational practice). Plenary speakers have been secured.

b.       2019 Conference Theme. Al Tizon is working on something around "Lifestyles of the Rich and Faithful: Stewardship, Simplicity and Mission." Possible speakers are Ron Sider, Kate Bowler, and Father Benigno Beltran.

 

Upcoming conference dates and venues

June 14-17, 2018 St. Mary's College/Notre Dame, Indiana

June 13-16, 2019 St. Mary's College/Notre Dame, Indiana

We will need to have an earlier registration deadline with a penalty for later registrations because we need to have numbers for the conference host earlier.

 

Saturday's Business Meeting agenda 4-5pm on Saturday

a.                   Secretary's Report

b.                   Treasurer's Report

c.                   Board of Publications Report

d.                   President's Report: esp. location of meetings in 2018 and 2019

e.                   Elections

f.                    Announcements: 2018 Meeting - theme and speaker announcement 

g.                   Any other business

 

We expressed deep thanks to our retiring members (Bryan Froehle, Frances Adeney, Dan Shaw).

We concluded at 5:10 PM

 

Respectfully submitted:

Allan Effa, Secretary

 

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, June 19, 2016

University of Northwestern – St Paul

 

Members present:

Greg Leffel, Bill Gregory, Bonnie Sue Lewis, Scott Sunquist, Frances Adeney, Kim Lamberty, R. Daniel Shaw, Rich Starcher, Paul Kollman, Brian Froehle, Sarita Gallagher, Ruth Padilla DeBoerst, Al Tizon, Mike Haasl, Allan Effa.  

 

Members’ Apologies

Rob Danielson, Darrell Whiteman, Arun Jones, Hunter Farrell

 

Invited Guest

Allison Fitchett Climenhaga

 

Paul Kollman called us to order at 12:52 PM

Frances Adeney led us with a prayer/poem by Daniel Berrigan.

We went around the room and introduced ourselves.

Paul introduced Sarita as the new chair of the nominating committee.

We took some time to review the annual meeting that just ended. We were pleased with the program overall; some remarked that the level of the presentations should be more accessible to the conferees. Concern was expressed over the dropoff of attendance in the afternoon parallel sessions; the program was very full and somewhat exhausting. The Spanish language group had a robust discussion with 14 here and over 80 in a remote gathering in California; the group would like to continue this in the future and sees ways for expansion and partnership with Fraternidad Teologica Latinoamericana. Interest was expressed in publishing Spanish material in Missiology. The process would require the identification of editors. Paul read a report from the Korean track. There were 6 presenters, 5 from N. America and one from Korea.  They needed more time to advertise and would like to publish articles in First Fruits. Scott suggested that remote hookups could be done with some of the large Korean churches in USA and some of the presenters could be Korean-American pastors who oversee significant mission initiatives.  Kim expressed some frustration of trying to moderate a panel of four papers that did not fit well together. The bottom line is that we may need to approve less papers in the future. Allison explained that 110 proposals were submitted and 84 papers were presented. Frances noted that conference evaluations forms were not distributed or shared in our packets. Allison informed us that Patricia is preparing an electronic evaluation form to be sent out.

Items of Business left over from the Friday board meeting and Saturday business meeting:

i.                     Proposed social media person.  We discussed the pros and cons of a strategy to attract younger members through social media. We did not come to a conclusion or consensus on creating a new position.

 ii.                   Proposed website expenditures. We unanimously approved the proposal from the Board of Publications presented by Anomaly Studios for upgrades to our web site.  Mobile site implementation for $4,560, Visual Design Graphic Updates for $1,425 and automatic password retrieval feature for $5,795.

 iii.                  Board of Publications presented the following new MOU between Biola’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS) and the American Society of Missiology (ASM):

 

ASM, in appreciation of CSICS’s commitment to host Missiology, ASM’s official journal, agrees to gift $4,500 per year to CSICS for its use as the school’s Dean deems appropriate to further missiological engagement and scholarship. 

CSICS, on its part, agrees to allow one of its faculty members to serve as the journal’s editor-in-chief and to provide administrative assistance to the editor.  Further, CSICS agrees to provide adequate storage space for back issues of the printed journal.

MSC that we adopt this MoU.

 iv.                 Dates for 2019 meeting.  The dates we had chosen coincide with the Fuller graduation weekend. Paul suggested we move them one week later to June 20 – 23, 2019. Al Tizon would probably not be able to attend this so we will need to re-visit this date.

 v.                   Fall Board meetings are potentially October 21-22November 11- 12December 2-3

 vi.                 Board restructuring report. Bonnie Sue explained that this conversation arose out of the growing need for continuous support with the conference planning, communication facilitator and web updates. An administrative assistant position could fulfil these needs. We were unwilling to commit to this position at this point, in light of the upgrades just approved for the web site and that Allan and Robbie are becoming more comfortable with their responsibilities.

 vii.                Paul informed us that there will not be a symposium in 2017. The women’s group expressed desire for a longer breakfast or lunch gathering and for a special forum for women in academia.  One possibility would be for a dedicated time between APM and ASM.

 viii.              Registration process. The past three years we used the UNWSP registration program. It would be possible to renew their service even if we were not to return. Allan will look into options for conference registration and Jamie Ross was suggested as a person to help with this.

 ix.                 Venue search process. We agreed to try to hold the 2018 conference at Wheaton and a process will need to be put into place to determine future venues. Brian Froehle volunteered to check out possibilities in the Chicago area and to report at the Fall Board meeting.

 x.                   Proposed 2018 theme. Bonnie Sue introduced a proposed title of Interfaith Friendship as Incarnational Mission Practice. Bonnie Sue is open to suggestions of names of presenters.

 

We adjourned at 2:55 PM

 

Respectfully submitted:

Allan Effa

Allan Effa, Secretary

 

Authorized for Distribution:

Paul V. Kollman, CSC

Paul Kollman, 1st Vice President

 

Bonnie Sue Lewis

Bonnie Sue Lewis, 1st Vice President

 

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, June 17, 2016 – 3:15 - 5:00 PM 

University of Northwestern – St Paul

 

Members present:

Greg Leffel, Bill Gregory, Arun Jones, Darrell Whiteman, Scott Sunquist, Frances Adeney, Kim Lamberty, R. Daniel Shaw, Rich Starcher, Paul Kollman, Bryan Froehle, Mike Gable, Dwight Zscheile, Sarita Gallagher, Rob Danielson, Allan Effa.  

 

Members’ Apologies

Soong-Chan Rah, Bonnie Sue Lewis

 Paul Kollman opened the meeting with prayer and Greg Leffel called the meeting to order.

 1.       The minutes of November 2015 were approved as presented.

2.       Robert Danielson distributed the treasurer’s report as of June 9, 2016. Scott asked whether we have any kind of savings account and Robert replied that we do not have one. Robert was instructed to bring some options for investments by the Fall Board meeting.

3.       Allan Effa commented on the written report he had circulated earlier. We identified the need for a system for membership database management and regular membership renewal notices. Allan and Patti should bring forward a policy statement by the Fall Board meeting.

 

Allan proposed two policies:

Proposed Policy re Distribution of non-ASM announcements through our Listserve

The ASM listserve is for the purpose of communicating important information related to ASM business only. Access to the ASM listserve will not be provided to outside solicitors under any circumstance. Requests for the dissemination of information to ASM members for non ASM business purposes will not generally be granted, however could be considered by the president and secretary where deemed to be of value to the entire ASM constituency, will be sent out through our usual channels.  Moved, seconded and carried.

 

Proposed Policy for Record Keeping

The Secretary has primary responsibility for safe-keeping of the society’s records. Original documents shall be stored in a fireproof box and shall be promptly passed on to succeeding secretaries for safe-keeping. Minutes shall be stored in hard copy form in the same manner, while digital copies of minutes shall be:

1.       Stored on the secretary’s computer

2.       Disseminated to all board members

3.       Posted on the ASM web site (for up to two years)

4.       Stored in a dropbox or google doc account shared with the current president

               It was moved, seconded and carried to approve this policy provisionally. Darrell mentioned that some of the archives might still be found at Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center and we also entertained the possibility of housing our files at Asbury Seminary library. We would like to have a permanent place to house our records and plan to address this in the Fall Board meeting.

 4.       Nominating Committee Report. 

A slate of names for the next Second Vice President and for Class of 2019 Board of Directors and Board of Publications was shared by George Hunsberger. A new nominating committee was struck, consisting of Sarita Gallagher (chair), Darrell Whiteman, Bryan Froehle and Scott Sunquist. (Moved, seconded and carried).

 5.    Board of Publications Report. The BOP recommends a renewal of our contract with Sage.  BOP is proposing an MOU with Biola for services related to Missiology. We are looking for more reviewers of articles; see Richard to volunteer. An issue arose regarding the need for liability insurance to protect the board members in case of a lawsuit. Kim Lamberty offered to consult with an insurance agent for non-profit agencies to find out if this is necessary. Arun also offered to check with the AAR.

 

ASM Graduate Student Paper Competition

 

The Board of Publications proposes that the ASM hold a graduate student paper competition every year to recognize the best student paper presented at the annual meeting.

Suggested award: a $500 cash prize.

The competition would be open to any graduate student who presents a paper at the annual meeting and who is enrolled in an institution of higher learning at the time the paper proposal is accepted for presentation at the annual meeting.

The paper should be in English, approximately 5000 words in length exclusive of bibliography, and it can deal with any subject in the field of missiology. The paper must follow Missiology style guidelines.

The deadline for submission would be September 1 of the year in which the paper was presented.  The prize would be awarded at the following ASM annual meeting. It is expected that the recipient would be present to receive the award.

It is also expected that, in consultation with the editor of Missiology, a revised version of the paper is submitted for publication in the journal unless the author chooses not to do so.

The Chair(s) of the Board of Publications will appoint a reviewing committee to select the prize recipient.

 Moved, seconded and carried, that $500 be allocated annually for student awards at the discretion of the committee.

 

6. Review of Business Meeting agenda

Secretary’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Board of Publications Report

President’s Report

Elections 

New business

Announcements

 7. We authorized Paul to invite plenary speakers for 2017.

 8. Paul reported that the possible Fall Board dates are October 21-22November 11-12December 2 -3

 We recognized Mike Gable, Soong Chan Rah and Dwight Zscheile for their three years of service.

 

We adjourned at 5:25 PM

Respectfully submitted:

 

Allan Effa

Allan Effa, Secretary

 

Authorized for Distribution:

Gregory P. Leffel

Greg Leffel, President

Paul V. Kollman, CSC

Paul Kollman, 1st Vice President

 


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Publication Board Minutes


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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF PUBLICATIONS

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wheaton College, Meyer Science Building Room 255

 

Bill Gregory and Arun Jones co-chaired the meeting and Bill offered an opening welcome and shared some words on "spirituality and mission" from Pope Francis. He then led us in prayer.

 

Roll Call. 

Allan asked each member to share the most recent book they have read.  Present:  Arun Jones, Bill Gregory, Darrell Whiteman, Greg Darr, Charles Farhadian, James Krabill, Bill Selvidge, Patti Colombo, Richard Starcher, Allan Effa, Paul Kollman, Bill Burrows (skype), Robbie Danielson (skype).  Daniel Hodge (late). Absent: Daniel Shin, Robert Hunt.


Approval of Minutes of June 15, 2017. 

The minutes were amended to include Robbie Danielson who was present and should have been added to the roll call. Otherwise, the minutes were approved as presented.

1.    Report of the ASM Publisher. Darrell Whiteman commented on his annual report in the packet that was distributed. Bill Burrows offered to explore the possibility of ASM publishing the third volume of essays that Andrew Walls is working on. Charles raised the question of how to motivate writers to submit ideas for the ASM Book Series. Paul suggested that something could be said about this at the Business meeting.

2.    Report of the ASM Treasurer. Robbie commented on the written report previously submitted and circulated. We noted a significant difference between the amount of royalties Sage reported in Pounds Sterling to Richard and the amount Robbie received in US dollars. We suspect that Robbie may have only received the first of two payments. Richard, Patti and Robbie will check on this discrepancy with Sage.

3.    Report of the Working Paper Series. A written report was submitted and circulated previously. Normally, one volume of papers follows the conference theme and the other volume is more eclectic. Robbie mentioned that this was a two year trial period and he recommended that we continue to offer this. Bill Selvidge commented that awareness of this option needs to grow. Bill has emailed all the presenters at this year's conference, encouraging them to publish their papers this way. We will see what kind of result emerges. Robbie offered to publish Korean or Spanish language papers, provided someone is able to edit and prepare them for publication.

4.    Report of the Editor of Missiology. Richard Starcher submitted a written report in the BOP packet. Richard highlighted the need for more reviewers from the Roman Catholic and Conciliar traditions. We discussed a strategy for encouraging lapsed members to renew their ASM memberships. A regular email to those who have not renewed their membership would be helpful. Moved, seconded and carried that we request up to $1,000 from the Board of Directors for a computer for Patti Colombo's work on Missiology. We expressed our frustration with lack of access to online issues of Missiology through Sage. This has been a recurring problem that we continue to work on with Sage. Richard also raised the question of what to do with all the back issues of the Missiology journals. Since all of these are available online, we do not need to hold on to these, especially in cases where we have many copies of the issues. Darrell mentioned the Theological Book Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan that distributes donated books and journals to theological libraries in developing nations. Shipping costs need to be covered by the donor.

5.    Report on the Scholarly Monograph Series. James Krabill submitted a report that was included in our BOP packet. We have a sizeable backlog of publications and may need to put a moratorium on new ones. This has also become a problem for the reviewers. The committee has reduced the number of required readers per manuscript from three to two. Because of the backlog, potential authors are being told that their manuscript may not be published for two or more years.

6.    Discussion of blogs on new website. With our new mobile friendly site, we have a blog feature available. Allan shared how the first two blogs authored by Darrell Whiteman and Allan reached a significant number of readers through a link on our social media (Facebook). Daniel Hodge commented that podcasts may be an even more effective way to disseminate information. A key person needs to monitor and take lead of these features. Daniel expressed interest in helping develop a regular podcast. We received a proposal from Philip Huber for a MissionalPreacher blog that he would edit through our website. We agreed in principle with the concept, but wondered how this concept would be different from the site at www.workingpreacher.org. Philip would also need to ensure that this feature is highlighted through our ASM network. Bill Gregory will talk with Philip about this, to explore what kind of time commitment he could give to this, and whether this would be an ecumenical effort, with a distinct vision. After Bill talks with Philip, we can approve this as a board, electronically. James raised the question of whether our Board of Publications might become a "Board of Publications and Media" and give greater attention to media.

7.    Report on ASM Series. Robert Hunt prepared and distributed a brief report that was circulated. Jim Keane informed us that he is leaving Orbis to take on a senior editor job of a magazine.

8.    Graduate Student Paper award. Two people will be selected to determine the winner of the award this year.

9.    Selection of new board members. A grid of positions for the Board of Publications was circulated in the BOP packet. Aaron Wessman, Bob Hurteau, Ben Hartley, Roberta King, Jamie Sanchez and Phil Huber were suggested. We affirmed Ben Hartley as chair, with assistance from Phil Huber and Bill Burrows, and suggested the possibility of the selection of a female co-chair during the second year. Darrell Whiteman brought up the fact that his three year term is coming up in 2018. He was asked if he would like to continue and he indicated that he would.

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:45 PM

Allan Effa, secretary

 

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Annual Meeting of the Board of Publications

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

University of Northwestern – St. Paul – Billy Graham Commons – Room 205

 

1.      Opening & Prayer – Arun Jones & William Gregory (Co-chairs)

   Arun opened our meeting at 1:10 PM with a word of welcome and Bill offered a reading of Scripture texts on the topic of wisdom.

2.      Roll Call – Allan Effa (Secretary)

   Present:

   Arun Jones (co-chair), William Gregory (co-chair), Darrell Whiteman, Mark Teasdale, Steve Bevans, Roberta King, Charles Farhadian, Daniel Shin, Greg Darr, Robert Hunt, Richard Starcher, Patti Colombo, David Fenrick, Greg Leffel, James Krabill (skype), Daniel Hodge (late), Jim Keane (late).

   Absent: Bill Selvidge

3.      The Agenda was approved as presented.

4.      The minutes of June 18, 2015 were noted.

5.      The ASM Treasurer report was received.

6.      Darrell Whiteman read the Publisher’s report he submitted previously in our packet. He reiterated concerns over the continued challenge of promptly reviewing articles submitted for publication to Missiology and the declining number of members in the society. Darrell noted that the chairs of the Scholarly Monographs Series and the ASM Book Series are no longer listed in the list of publishers in Missiology. Richard Starcher and Patti Colombo will follow up on this. Greg Darr also suggested that information should be included in Missiologyinforming readers how they can become members of the ASM.

   Patti informed us that she sends out regular reminders of ASM memberships that are coming up for renewal.

   Richard Starcher invited us to consider volunteering as reviewers for Missiology or for suggestions of people to be invited. Bill Gregory suggested that this invitation be shared with the Board of Directors as well.

7.      Robert Hunt read the Report of the Chair of the ASM Series Committee distributed previously in our packet. Robert recommended that the plenary group be reminded of the opportunity to publish with the ASM Series.

8.      James Krabill submitted a report as Chair of the Scholarly Monograph Series Committee.

James shared that he is recovering from a heart attack just a week ago. He has received 13 manuscripts since our meeting last year; a number of these were not publishable because of multiple errors, even though they had been passed by their supervisors. Our relationship with Wipf and Stock continues to be very positive. James reminded us that we will be reaching our 10 year anniversary of the ASM Series and Scholarly Monographs Series. The committee should consider how to mark this occasion in the months ahead.

Some discussion took place around the idea of eBooks and Arun suggested that the Monograph Series committee consider this during their meeting this weekend.

9.      Discussion of the Proposal for Website upgrades and Social Media Plan.

Arun expressed appreciation for Mark Teasdale’s assistance in this process and Mark shared why a social media presence must be linked with web site development. The first part of the proposal pertains to web site development and the second part is for the hiring of a part time social media coordinator to actually make regular updates.  Greg Leffel suggested that Allan, Mark and Daniel Hodge strike a subcommittee to develop a job description, time commitment and a flow chart of responsibilities, and bring a proposal by the Fall board meeting. The person hired for this position should have some missiological background, preferably an ASM person. MSC to recommend these proposals to the Board of Directors.

10.  Richard Starcher submitted a report as the Editor of Missiology. Rich reported on an issue that arose from an article published in April 2016 that raised a possibility of legal action. Sage has been helpful in advising us on legal matters. This matter has not been settled to date, and is part of a longstanding feud between two people. A couple of rebuttals may be published in the October issue, intending to close the conversation on the subject. ASM does not have a lawyer to advise us, but Sage’s legal advice will be of assistance. Arun volunteered to review these rebuttals. Greg Leffel raised the question about insurance to protect us in the case of a lawsuit against ASM and wondered what our liability is in regard to our publications. Greg suggested that the Board of Directors may need to consider liability insurance to protect our officers from these kinds of situations. Greg Darr also made note of the legal disclaimer printed in Missiology and wondered if it should be reviewed by a litigation lawyer to find out if it is adequate.

 

   Richard moved and we voted unanimously that we recommend to the Board of Directors that we renew our contract with Sage for another five years.

 

Greg Leffel raised the question of publication of Spanish and Korean articles in Missiology and we discussed the logistics of copy editing and reviewing, as well as the matter of whether an English abstract would be included, etc. We would like to entertain a proposal for consideration. Robert Danielson also reminded us that, in the meantime, articles in Spanish and/or Korean could be published in the Working Papers.

 

               Richard presented a new MOU between Biola’s Cook School of Intercultural Studies (CSICS) and the American Society of Missiology (ASM):

         ASM, in appreciation of CSICS’s commitment to host Missiology, ASM’s official journal, agrees to gift $4,500 per year to CSICS for its use as the school’s Dean deems appropriate to further missiological engagement and scholarship. 

CSICS, on its part, agrees to allow one of its faculty members to serve as the journal’s editor-in-chief and to provide administrative assistance to the editor.  Further, CSICS agrees to provide adequate storage space for back issues of the printed journal.

               Richard asked that this MOU be forwarded to BOP members and that members offer feedback before a draft MOU is presented to the BOD this weekend.

11.  A proposal for an award for a Graduate Student Paper was submitted in the booklet. The Board of Publications would need to take responsibility to strike a committee to review the papers and determine the recipients of the award. We agreed by vote to recommend this to the Board of Directors.

12.  Robert Danielson reported on the Working Papers of the ASM (First Fruits) and distributed some printed copies for the board to peruse.  Papers will be solicited from presenters again this year.

13.  Board Membership Changes.  Arun informed the board that he will be forwarding some names to the Nominating Committee to be considered as new members of the Board as class of 2019.

 

We adjourned at 5:10 PM

 

Allan Effa, secretary 


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Business Meeting Minutes


Following are the minutes of the 2017 ASM annual business meeting:

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Annual Business Meeting of the Society

Saturday, June 17, 2017, Wheaton College, Illinois

 

The meeting was called to order by President Paul Kollman at 4:07 PM with a prayer.

The proposed agenda was accepted without modifications.

The minutes of the 2016 annual business meeting were accepted as circulated.

 

Secretary's Report

Allan Effa reported that this year's conference attendance was 300, with 130 first time attendees. The society's current membership stands at 299.

We have had significant upgrades to our website, making it mobile friendly and including social media interface. Now we need to develop content that can be shared widely through these media. A blog feature has been started and other plans are underway. An automated password retrieval feature is being tested and should be implemented very soon. We have 640 followers on our Facebook page and over 1,300 on our Mailchimp list serve. Allan invited members to donate old photos and mementos of past gatherings for our archival collection.

 

Treasurer's Report

Robbie Danielson joined us by skype and commented on the auditors' and treasurer's report that were circulated. Robbie reported that the board of directors has approved a plan to invest $100,000 of our savings. Charles Fensham asked whether ASM could offer a grant to APM to help their executive members meet sometime between the annual meetings for the sake of planning. This will be passed on to the Board of Directors for their consideration.

MSC that we accept the report.

 

Publication Board Report

Bill Gregory reported on our four publications managed by the board. Bill reported that the contract between Missiology and Sage has been renewed for five years. The Scholarly Monograph series celebrated its 10 year anniversary. There continues to be a high level of interest in this. The Working Papers series continues to be developed and is being accessed all over the world.  The ASM Book Series is adding several volumes in the coming year. Bill issued an appeal for people to offer their skills and time to help develop missiological content for our website. Phil Huber is seeking to develop a missional blog focused on preaching from the lectionary and is looking for people to participate.

 

President's Report

Paul expressed appreciation to the Board of Publications and Board of Directors and offered special thanks to Allison Fitchett Climenhaga for her work with the Conference organization. Allison is sending out a survey to all conference attendees.

Paul shared some of the challenges of finding a site for future ASM meetings. The Board has decided to contract with St. Mary's College on the campus of University of Notre Dame for June 14-17, 2018 and June 13-16, 2019.

 

Nominating Committee Report

Sarita Gallagher presented the slate of nominees.

President - Bonnie Sue Lewis

First Vice President - Al Tizon

Second Vice-President - Arun Jones

Past President - Paul Kollman

 

ASM Board Members

Class of 2020

vanThan Nguyen (Roman Catholic), Leanne Dzubinski (Independent) Joon-sik Park (Conciliar)

 

Board of Publications Members

Class of 2020

Robert Hurteau (RC), Roberta King (I), Benjamin Hartley (C)

Replacement members due to resignations: Aaron Wessman (RC), Jamie Sanchez (I), Phil Huber (C)

 

Moved seconded and carried to elect this slate of officers.

 

New President's Report

Bonnie Sue Lewis reported on the theme for next year's conference which will focus on Interfaith Friendships as Incarnational Mission Practice.

 

Announcements

Steve Bevans announced that March 8-13 the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the WCC will hold its conference in Arusha, Tanzania. The theme is "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship."

Gordon Doss announced that on Saturday, November 11 the Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship will meet at Andrews University. The theme is "Mission in an Era of Migrants and Refugees."

Daryl Ireland announced that the Eastern Fellowship of Professors of Mission will be celebrating its 100th anniversary at Maryknoll on October 27-28.

Mike Gable invited everyone to San Antonio Texas, October 27-29 to the gathering of the US Catholic Mission Association.

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:01 PM

 

Respectfully submitted:

Allan Effa, secretary

 

Authorized for Distribution:

Bonnie Sue Lewis, President

Al Tizon, 1st Vice President

 

 

 

American Society of Missiology

Annual Business Meeting of the Society

Saturday, June 18, 2016, University of Northwestern, St. Paul

 

The meeting was called to order by President Greg Leffel at 4:18 PM

The proposed agenda was accepted without modifications.

The minutes of 2015 were approved without modification.

Secretary’s Report – Allan talked about some of the web site upgrades that were done and the effort to fix the problem with online access to Missiology through the ASM portal. He reported that the conference attendance was 198 in 2015 and 194 in 2016 (but this number may still be higher). Membership stats:

2013 = 371

2014 = 401

2015 = 252

2016 = 241 (but may still go higher after data from this year’s conference is entered)

The management of our ListServe is being improved to ensure that all members receive the Call for Papers and information about the annual meetings.

Treasurer’s Report – Robbie distributed a report and the auditor’s report and emphasized that our financial condition is healthy. 

Board of Publications Report – Bill Gregory reviewed the four publications managed by the Board: Working Papers, Scholarly Monographs, Book Series and Missiology. A representative gave a brief overview of the focus of each of these.

President’s Report – Greg Leffel made mention of the excellent support we received from the conference staffing of UNWSP. Greg informed the members of some of the challenges with renewing our contract with UNWSP and that we have signed a contract to hold our meetings at Wheaton College in 2017, with the possibility of also holding meetings there in 2018. A search committee has been struck to determine a future location.

Elections – George Hunsberger, chair of the nominating committee presented the election ballot.  All of those on the table below were voted in unanimously:

 

President: Paul Kollman (Roman Catholic)

First Vice President: Bonnie Sue Lewis (Conciliar)

Second Vice President: Al Tizon (Independent)

Secretary: Allan Effa (currently serving a three year term – 2018)

Treasurer: Robert Danielson (Three year term – 2019)

 

Board of Directors

Class of 2019: 

Hunter Farrell (Conciliar Protestant), Mike Haasl (Roman Catholic), Ruth Padilla DeBoerst (Independent)

 

Board of Publications

Frances Adeney (Conciliar Protestant), Bill Burrows (Roman Catholic), Jamie Ross (Independent)

 

Future Meeting Dates:

June 15-18, 2017 Wheaton College

June 14-17, 2018 Wheaton College (?)

June 13-16, 2019 Location to be determined

 

Charles Fensham offered a motion of thanks for the work of the board this past year. This produced an enthusiastic applause.

 

Announcements:

The 2017 annual meeting will be chaired by our new president, Paul Kollman. The proposed theme is “Missiology’s Dialogue Partners: Practitioners and Scholars Conversing about the Future of Mission.” 

The IAMS assembly will meet August 11-17 in Seoul, S. Korea.

The annual meeting for the Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship is November 5, 2016 at Notre Dame.

The annual meeting for the Eastern Fellowship of the ASM will be October 20 – 21, 2016 at Maryknoll Sisters, Ossining, NY.

 

Paul Kollman, our incoming president, expressed thanks to Greg Leffel for his leadership and adjourned our meeting at 5:15 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Allan Effa

Allan Effa, secretary

 

Authorized for Distribution:

Greg Leffel

Greg Leffel, President

Paul V. Kollman, CSC

Paul Kollman, 1st Vice President


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Advertise Events


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APM - Calendar


Association of Professors of Mission

Annual Meeting

 

15 - 16 June 2017

Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

 

Theme:

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.


Plenary Speakers:

• D.A. Carson – Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

• Michal Meulenberg - Instructor, Pepperdine University; teaches regularly on Muslim-Christian peacemaking on various university and seminary campuses

• Daniel White Hodge – Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University

 


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APM - Constitution


APM

THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSORS OF MISSION CONSTITUTION

 

Adopted: June 15, 1954

 

 

Revised: June 13, 1962; June 10, 1974; June 18, 1999; June 16, 2000; June 21, 2002; June 22, 2012 

 

 


I.
 NAME: The Association of Professors of Mission 

 


II.
 PURPOSE: The objective of this Association shall be to promote among its members Christian fellowship, spiritual life, and professional usefulness. 

 

 


III.
 MEMBERSHIP: Membership is open to anyone involved or interested in the teaching of Christian mission. APM membership is by application available from the Secretary-Treasurer. Names of Members who fail to pay their dues for three successive years shall be removed from the membership rolls. 

 

 


IV.
 OFFICERS

1. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, Second Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. 

2. These four officers shall form the Executive committee. 

3. The officers of the Association shall serve through the succeeding annual meeting or until their successors are installed. 

4. In the event that the President, through resignation or any other cause, is unable to complete the term of office, the Vice-President shall succeed to the office. 

5. A vacancy in the office of Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer shall be filled by the Executive Committee. 

 

 


V.
 MEETINGS:
This Association shall convene, preferably in conjunction with the meeting of the American Society of Missiology.  The time and place are to be determined by the Executive Committee.  Other meetings may be called by the Executive Committee by notifying the members in writing at least thirty days in advance. 

 

 


VI.
 FINANCES

1. Dues for the succeeding year shall be set at each annual meeting. 

2. The Secretary-Treasurer's accounts shall be audited by the President at the annual meeting. 

 

VII. AMENDMENTS: This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present.


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APM - Current Officers


 

Larry Caldwell, Ph.D., President  

Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, SD

605-336-6588

lwcald@yahoo.com

 

 

Larry Caldwell

 

 

 

Larry Caldwell teaches Intercultural Studies at Sioux Falls Seminary and is the Director of Missionary Training and Strategy for Converge Worldwide. Larry and his wife Mary served as missionaries in Manila, Philippines. Larry was Professor of Missions and Hermeneutics at the Asian Theological Seminary for 20 years. He also served as Academic Dean and directed the Doctor of Missiology program at the Asia Graduate School of Theology and was editor of the Journal of Asian Mission. Larry has written and presented numerous papers in journals and forums across Asia and the Western world. He earned his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

 

Linda Whitmer, Ph.D., First Vice-President

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN

865-251-2243

lwhitmer@johnsonu.edu

 

 

Linda Whitmer

 

 

 

Linda Whitmer is the Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Knoxville, TN. Prior to serving at Johnson University, she was the Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies at Hope International University. Linda and her husband Steve served as missionaries in Zimbabwe for over 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.

 

 

A. Sue Russell, Ph.D., Second Vice-President

Asbury Theological Seminary

Wilmore, KY

859-858-3581

sue.russell@asburyseminary.edu

 

 

A. Sue Russell

 

 

 

Sue Russell is the Professor of Mission and Contextual Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. Before coming to Asbury, Dr. Russell was the Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Biola University. Prior to that, she spent 17 years in cross-cultural ministry and field research with Wycliffe Bible Translators in S. E. Asia, where she worked with a committee of national pastors to complete the translation of the whole Bible into the Tagal language. She earned Ph.D. in Christian History at UCLA and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at La Trobe University.

 

David Fenrick, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer

University of Northwestern

St. Paul, MN

651-631-5229

defenrick@unwsp.edu

 

 

David Fenrick

 

 

 

David Fenrick is the Director of the Center for Global Reconciliation and Cultural Education, and professor of Intercultural Studies and Communication at University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for the journal, Missiology: An International Review, and on the American Society of Missiology Board of Publications. David earned his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. David has lived and studied in Zimbabwe, Palestine and Israel, and has led numerous educational travel seminars around the world. He also served as a United Methodist minister in Virginia, receiving Excellence in Ministry Awards from both the Commission on Race and Religion, and the Board of Global Ministry.

 

 

 

Advisory Board:

 

Elizabeth Glanville

eglanville@fuller.edu

Fuller Theological Seminary

                                   

Haemin Lee                           

haemin@pff.net

Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship 

 

Kathy Mowry

kmowry@trevecca.edu

Trevecca Nazarene University

 

Paul Lewis

plewis@agts.edu

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

 

Rolando Cuellar

rcuellar@leeuniversity.edu

Lee University

 

Susan Maros

susan_maros@fuller.edu 

Fuller Theological Seminary


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APM - Key Dates


Key Dates in the History of the APM

 

1917 The Fellowship of Professors of Missions of the Atlantic Seaboard was founded.
1952 The Association of Professors of Missions (APM) was founded.
1952 APM Constitution was drafted and approved.
1965 The Association of Evangelical Professors of Missions (AEPM) was founded.
1972 International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS) was founded. 
APM Constitution amended to all membership for "all professors of missions and, by invitation of the Executive Committee, to other qualified persons."
1973 The organizing meeting of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) was held.
1974 APM Constitution amended to convene annually, preferrably in conjunction with the ASM meetings.
2000 The Constitution of the APM revised:the final "s" in Missions was formally dropped.
2009 The Constitution of the APM revised:  The Second Vice-President added to the Executive Officers Committee
2012 Advisory Board of past APM officers convened to create a visionary and strategic plan for APM.
2013 First Fruits Press began publishing the papers presented and proceedings of the annual meeting.  All papers from prior annual meetings will be collected and published in a 2-volume set.
2015 Membership approved the continuation of the Advisory Board for on-going guidance and strategic planning.


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APM - Membership


APM

For membership information, print the linked form and follow the directions on it or contact:


Dr. David Fenrick, Secretary-Treasurer
University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113
Phone: 651-631-5229
Fax: 651-628-3258
defenrick@unwsp.edu


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APM - Mission and Teaching Links


APM

ASSOCIATIONS

IAMS List of Missiological Societies (with links where available)


TEACHING RESOURCES
A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence
Course Syllabi
Listing of Missions Programs in North America


PUBLISHERS
 
Abingdon Press
Baker Book House
Eerdmans
Intercultural Press
InterVarsity
Kregel Publications
Orbis
Paulist Press
Sage Publications
William Carey Library
World Vision Resources
Zondervan  


RESEARCH RESOURCES

Contextualization articles database
Libraries of the Ecumenical Centre and Bossey Ecumenical Institute (WCC) 
MisLinks Research Page 
Mission Research Resources (GMI) 
Network for Strategic Missions Knowledge Base 
Sources for Mission and World Christianity Research (Yale Divinity Library) 


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APM - Past Meetings


Papers from previous APM Annual Meetings have been compiled into volumes that may be downloaded for free in electronic versions or may be ordered as bound volumes for an inexpensive price.

 

Social Engagement: The Challenge of the Social in Missiological Education (2013): http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/3/

Social Engagement The Challenge of the Social in Missiological Education

 

Teaching for Mission: Educational Theory and Practice (2014): http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/10/

Transforming Teaching for Mission

 

What's In a Name? Assessing Mission Studies Program Titles (2015): http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/12/

What's in a Name? Assessing Mission Studies Program Title

 

Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of Global Christianity (2016): Coming Soon!

Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of Global Christianity

 

Click here to review the 2016 APM Meeting Minutes!

 

Annual Meeting Themes, Places and Presidents


Year Theme Place Presiding
1952 Organizing meeting Louisville, KY H. Cornell Goerner 
1954 Constitution approved; syllabus sharing and teaching issues (No formal theme)
1956 Christian Faith and the Religions (Syllabus sharing and teaching issues) Naperville, IL R. Pierce Beaver
1958 Missionary Vocation Boston, MA Wilber C. Harr
1960 Frontiers of the Christian World Mission since 1938: Essays in Honor of Kenneth Scott Latourette Richmond, VA Theodore Bachmann
1962 Our Teaching Responsibility in the Light of the De-emphasis on the Words "Missions" and "Missionary" Toronto, Canada Charles Forman
1964 Theology of the World Apostolate Philadelphia, PA Creighton Lacy
1966 An Inquiry into the Implications of Joint Action for Mission Takoma Park, MD J. Leslie Dunstan
1968 The Theology of Religions Webster Groves, MO Sigurd F. Westburg
1970 Salvation and Mission Washington, D.C. James H. Pyke
1972 The Church Growth Movement Nashville, TN E. Luther Copeland
1973 Missions in Theological Education St. Louis, MO John Piet Frank Kline
1974 Missions in Theological Education Wheaton, IL
1975 Dubuque, IA
1976 Deerfield, IL
1977 North Park, IL
1978 Maryknoll, NY
1979 Techny, IL
1980 Wheaton, IL
1981 Inter-Religious Dialogue Ft. Worth, TX Charles Taber
1982 The Bible and Mission: Interdisciplinary Implications Evanston, IL H. Mckennie Goodpasture
1983 Wheaton, IL
1984 Third World Theologies in the Teaching of Missions Princeton, NJ Lois McKinney
1985 The Future of the Teaching of Missions: Tradition and Change Deerfield, IL Sam Moffett
1986 Approaches to the Teaching of Missions North Park, IL
1987 Pittsburgh, PA
1988 Teaching Mission: Curriculum Designs and Models Techny, IL Darrell Whiteman
1989 Globalization: Implications for the Teaching of Mission Techny, IL Steven Bevans
1990 Mission in Multi-Ethnic North America Techny, IL Wi Jo Kang
1991 Research for Better Teaching of Mission Techny, IL Ralph Covell
1992 Moving Toward the Center: Missiology for Pastoral Formation Techny, IL Mary Motte
1993 The Role of North American Seminaries in Preparing Third World Theologcial Educators Techny, IL John Webster
1994 Integrating Spirituality Techny, IL Jonathan Bonk
1995 Mission Studies: Taking Stock, Charting the Course 
(Joint Meeting with the ASM)
Techny, IL Anthony Gittins
1996 Classroom and Praxis: Is Mission Teaching Credible? Techny, IL Edward Poitras
1997 Teaching Mission Studies in a Post-Modern World Techny, IL Elizabeth Brewster
1998 Methods of Practical Education for Holistic Mission Techny, IL Roger Schroeder
1999 Mission Research: Classroom and Practice Techny, IL Brian Stelck
2000 The Global Church in the Mission Classroom Techny, IL Susan Higgins
2001 Weaving Experience into the Mission Classroom Techny, IL John Kiesler
2002 A Jubilee Celebration Techny, IL Young Lee Hertig
2003 Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring for Mission and Ministry in the Intra-cultural and Inter-cultural Setting Techny, IL Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi
2004

Missiology and the Social Sciences
Missiology and Historical Studies

Techny, IL Robert A. Hurteau
2005

Spiritual Formation and Missions:
A Catholic and Protestant Overview

Techny, IL Ruth A. Tucker
2006

Missiology and Theology of Religions: Disciplinary 
Cross-Currents

Techny, IL Stanley Skresnet
2007

Teaching Mission Today: Texts and Topics

Techny, IL Paul Kollman
2008

The Gospel Beyond Mere Words:Issues in Contextualizing Liturgy, Music, and the Arts

Techny, IL

Roberta King

2009 The Place and Pedagogies of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Teaching Mission Studies Techny, IL Robert Hunt
2010 Has Everything Been Tried?: Assessing 100 Years of Educating for Mission Techny, IL James Krabill
2011 Promoting Mission in the Undergraduate Setting Techny, IL

William Gregory

2012 Missiology and the On-line Revolution: Best Practices and Pedagogical Possibilities Techny, IL 

W. Harrison Daniel 

2013 Social Engagement: The Challenge of the "Social" in Missiological Education Wheaton, IL 

 Greg P. Leffel

2014

Transforming Teaching for Mission: Educational Theory
and Practice           

St. Paul, MN  Benjamin Hartley
2015 What’s in a Name? Assessing Mission Studies Program Titles  Wheaton, IL

J. Nelson Jennings

2016

 

Teaching Christian Mission in an Age of World Christianity St. Paul, MN Angel Santiago-Verdrell

 


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37: APM - Past Officers


APM - Past Officers


Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers

 

Presidents Secretary-Treasurers
1952 H. Cornell Goerner
Norman A. Horner
1954
1956 R. Pierce Beaver
Wilber C. Harr
1958 Wilber C. Harr
R. Pierce Beaver
1960 Theodore Bachmann
1962 Charles Forman Herbert Jackson
1964 Creighton Lacy
Herbert Jackson
1966 J. Leslie Dunstan
David L. Lindberg
1968 Sigurd F. Westburg
David L. Lindberg
1970 James H. Pyke
John T. Boberg
1972 E. Luther Copeland
John T. Boberg
1974 John Piet
John T. Boberg
1975 Frank Kline John T. Boberg
1976
1978
1979
1980
1981 Charles Taber
David Lowes Watson
1982 Mckennie Goodpasture
1984 Lois McKinney
Alan Neely
1985 Sam Moffett
1986
1987 Dana Robert
1988 Darrell Whiteman Charles Van Engen
1989 Steven Bevans Charles Van Engen
1990 Wi Jo Kang Charles Van Engen
1991 Ralph Covell Charles Van Engen
1992 Mary Motte Charles Van Engen
1993 John Webster Charles Van Engen
1994 Jonathan Bonk Charles Van Engen
1995 Anthony Gittins Charles Van Engen
1996 Edward Poitras Douglas McConnell
1997 Elizabeth Brewster Douglas McConnell
1998 Roger Schroeder Douglas McConnell
1999 Brian Stelck Ray Prigodich
2000 Susan Higgins Ray Prigodich
2001 John Kiesler, ofm Bonnie Sue Lewis
2002 Young Lee Hertig Bonnie Sue Lewis
2003 Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi Bonnie Sue Lewis
2004 Robert A. Hurteau Bonnie Sue Lewis
2005 Ruth Tucker Bonnie Sue Lewis
2006 Stanley Skreslet Bonnie Sue Lewis
2007 Paul Kollman Bonnie Sue Lewis
2008 Roberta King Bonnie Sue Lewis and David Fenrick
2009 Robert Hunt David Fenrick
2010 James Krabill David Fenrick
2011 William Gregory David Fenrick
2012 W. Harrison Daniel David Fenrick
2013 Gregory Leffel David Fenrick 
2014 Benjamin Hartley David Fenrick
2015 J. Nelson Jennings David Fenrick
2016 Angel Santiago-Verdrell David Fenrick
2017 Larry Caldwell David Fenrick


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38: APM - Persons to Contact


APM - Persons to Contact


APM

General APM Business

Larry Caldwell, Th.D., President

Sioux Falls Seminary

Sioux Falls, SD

Phone: 605-336-6588

lwcald@yahoo.com

 

 

Membership 

Dr. David Fenrick, Secretary-Treasurer

University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113
Phone: 651-631-5229
Fax: 651-628-3258
defenrick@unwsp.edu


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39: APM - Syllabi


APM - Syllabi


 

Course Syllabi

 

 

Note: We are currently welcoming syllabus submissions for posting on this page. If you are a professor of mission or teach on a related topic and would like to submit one or more syllabi, please send the PDF version(s) to ed_office@asmweb.org. 

 

Cultural Anthropology (Northwestern College, David Fenrick, 2012)

Urban Intercultural Studies (Northwestern College, Robin R. Bell, 2012)

People's Religious Traditions (Covenant Theological Seminary, J. Nelson Jennings, 2011)

Cultures and Contextualization (Covenant Theological Seminary, J. Nelson Jennings, 2011)

Understanding Islam (Northwestern College, Garry Morgan, 2010)

World Religions (Northwestern College, David Fenrick, 2009)

Contemporary Issues and Trends (Northwestern College, John Easterling and Jim Raymo, 2012)

Cooperating with African Christians (Covenant Theological Seminary, J. Nelson Jennings, 2011)

Principles and Practices of Intercultural Work (Northwestern College, Garry Morgan, 2011)

Intercultural Communication (Northwestern College, David Fenrick, 2010)

Biblical Theology of Mission (Northwestern College, Garry Morgan, 2012)

God's World Mission (Covenant Theological Seminary, J. Nelson Jennings, 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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40: Article Discussion


Article Discussion


Article Discussion

Post your responses to articles in recent issues of Missiology or other key missiological journals. This is sort of like a "Letter to the Editors" column, but with the possibility of generating a more rigorous conversation.

 

Click here to join the article discussion.


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41: ASM Board Documents 2012


ASM Board Documents 2012


ASM Board Documents 2012

 

Board of Publications Booklet

 

Board of Publications Booklet Supplement


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42: ASM Student Fellowship


ASM Student Fellowship


City - ASMSF Page

Who We Are


The American Society of Missiology Student Fellowship exists as a branch of the American Society of Missiology. In addition to supporting the ASM's five-fold purposes, we exist to:

  • Promote the scholarly pursuits of student-members of ASM.
  • Promote fellowship and cooperation among the student-members and between the students and professional members of ASM.
  • Recognize student-missiologists as both the future of ASM and as active-current members.
  • Encourage research, publication, and further studies in the academic field of missiology.


The American Society of Missiology Student Fellowship meets annually in June in tandem with the American Society of Missiology and the Association of Professors of Mission.

For further information, contact Jamie Ross:

Primary Contact for Student Fellowship
Jamie Lynn Ross
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: (574) 606-6511
Fax: (574) 295-0092
asmstudentfellowship@gmail.com.


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43: Blog


Blog


BlogSeveral members each year are asked to blog on ASMweb.org, and your comments and interactions are welcome. Here are the most recent postings from this year's bloggers:

  • Joe Smythe
  • Mary Dempsey
  • Frederica D'Costa

 

Click here to view the ASM blog.


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44: ASM Board Documents 2013


ASM Board Documents 2013


ASM Board Documents 2013

 

 

ASM Board of Publications Meeting Packet 2013


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45: Book Notes


Book Notes


Book Notes

What new book are you reading right now that seems to bring fresh insight to some aspect of missiological reflection? Or that is troubling or provocative? Tell the rest of us. Post a brief note about the book and what you find important about it, and see who else might have notes to add.

 


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46: By-laws


By-laws


 

By-Laws

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY, INC.

 

I

The name of this corporation shall be AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY, Inc.

 

II

The purposes for which this corporation is formed are:

            a) The specific and primary purposes are to promote the scholarly study of theological, historical, social and practical questions relating to the missionary dimension of the Christian Church; to relate studies in missiology to the other scholarly disciplines; to promote fellowship and cooperation among individuals and institutions engaged in activities and studies related to missiology; to facilitate mutual assistance and exchange of information among those thus engaged; and to encourage research and publication in the study of Christian missions.

            (b) The general purposes and powers are to have and to exercise all rights and powers conferred on nonprofit corporations under the laws of California, including the power to contract, rent, buy or sell personal or real property, provided, however, that this corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the primary purposes of this corporation.

            (c) No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.

 

III

This corporation is organized pursuant to the General Nonprofit Corporation Law of the State of California. This corporation does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof and it is organized for nonprofit purposes.

 

IV

The principal office for the transaction of the business of this corporation is located in the County of Los Angeles, State of California.

 

V

The names and addresses of the persons who are to act in the capacity of directors until the selection of their successors are:

GERALD H. ANDERSON, 114 Catherine Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

DONALD M. WODARZ, Saint Columban's Seminary, 1200 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA 01286

RALPH D. WINTER, 533 Hermosa Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

 

 

 

VI

The authorized number and qualifications of members of the corporation, the different classes of membership, if any, the property, voting and other rights and privileges of members, and their liability to dues and assessments and the method of collection thereof, shall be as set forth in the bylaws.

VII

The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof or the benefit of any private persons. Upon the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

            If this corporation holds any assets in trust, or the corporation is formed for charitable purposes, such assets shall be disposed of in such manner as may be directed by decree of the superior court of the county in which the corporation has its principal office, upon petition therefore by the Attorney General or by any person concerned in the liquidation, in a proceeding to which the Attorney General is a party.

VIII

The name of the unincorporated association which is being incorporated is AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being the President and the Secretary, respectively, of AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY, the unincorporated association which is being incorporated hereby, have executed these Articles of Incorporation.


 

Bylaws of American Society of Missiology, Inc.

 

 

Article I - Principal Office

 

The principal office for the transaction of the business of the corporation is fixed and located at Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California. The board of directors may at any time or from time to time change the location of the principal office from one location to another in this country.

 

 

Article II – Membership

 

Section 1: Members

There shall be one class of members. Members are those whose dues are paid by the time of the annual meeting of the year to which dues apply.

 

Section 2: Fees for Membership

The board of directors may recommend to the general membership other classes of members, and the amount, time and manner of payment of initiation and annual dues payable to the corporation by the members. The members at the annual meeting, or at a special meeting called for that purpose shall approve or disapprove the recommendation of the board of directors.

 

Section 3: Voting Rights of Members

Each member shall be entitled to one vote. Only members may hold office.

 

Section 4: Liabilities of Members

No person who is now, or who later becomes, a member of this corporation shall be personally liable to its creditors for any indebtedness or liability, and any and all creditors of the corporation shall look only to the assets of this corporation for payment.

 

Section 5. Sponsors of the American Society of Missiology

An institution or agency may become a sponsor of the American Society of Missiology upon payment of an appropriate amount to be fixed by the Board of Directors annually. Institutional sponsors shall receive a complimentary subscription to Missiology: An International Review.

 

 

Article III – Meetings

 

Section I: Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the members of the corporation shall be held normally in the month of June in conjunction with the general scholarly meeting of the Society.

            No notice of any such annual meeting of the members of this corporation need be given if it is held in conjunction with the general scholarly meeting of the Society in June of each year: otherwise written notice of the time and place of the annual meeting shall be delivered personally to each voting member or sent to each voting member by mail or other form of written communication, charges prepaid, addressed to him/her at his/her address as it is shown on the records of the corporation, or if it is not shown on the records or is not readily ascertainable, at the place where the meetings of the members are regularly held. Any notice shall be mailed or delivered at least fourteen days before the date of the meeting.

 

Section 2: Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members of this corporation for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the president of the corporation or by any four or more members of the board of directors, or by 10% or more of the members.

            Written notice of the time and place of special meetings of the members shall be given in the same manner as for annual meetings of the members.

 

Section 3: Quorum

A quorum for any meeting of the members shall be a majority of the members present and voting, the minimum being ten members.

 

Section 4: Adjourned Meetings

Any regular or called meeting of the members may adjourn from day to day, or from time to time, without further notice, until its business is completed.

 

Section 5: Presiding Officer at Meetings

The president, or, in the absence of the president, the 1st vice president, or the 2nd vice president or in the absence of the president and vice presidents, a chair elected by the members present, shall call the meeting of the members to order, and shall act as the presiding officer thereof. The secretary of the corporation shall act as the secretary of all meetings of the members, and in the absence of the secretary, the presiding officer may appoint any person to act as secretary.

 

Section 6: Election of the Board of Directors

At the regular annual meeting of the members held normally in the month of June, the members shall elect a board of directors as constituted by these bylaws, and the articles of incorporation of this corporation.

            Each year at the annual meeting of the members, the retiring president shall appoint a nominating committee for the coming year and name its chair. Over the course of the year the nominating committee shall develop a slate of candidates for the positions on the board of directors needing to be filled, as well as for the officers, the board of publications, and standing committees of the society. The nominating committee shall make its report at the annual meeting of the members in the following year.  At that time, additional nominations may be made from the floor, provided prior agreement has been reached with that nominee that she/he is willing to serve.

 

Section 7: Proxies

All proxies must be in writing, executed by the members themselves, and must be filed with the secretary of the corporation at or before the meeting of the members.

 

 

Article IV - Board of Directors

 

Section 1: Number of Members of the Board of Directors

The board of directors shall consist of fourteen members until the number is changed by amendment to these bylaws. All members of the board of directors shall be members of this corporation.

            Nine of the members are elected as members of the board of directors and the other five, president, two vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer, are on the board of directors by virtue of their offices.

            The immediate past president of the American Society of Missiology shall be an advisory member of the board of directors, with voice but not vote.

 

Section 2: Quorum

A majority of the members of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

 

Section 3: Powers of the Board of Directors

Subject to the limitations of the articles of incorporation, other sections of the bylaws, and of California law, all corporate powers of the corporation shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business affairs of the corporation shall be controlled by the board of directors. Without limiting the general powers, the board of directors shall have the following powers:

(a) To select and remove all the other officers, agents, and employees of the corporation, except those specifically elected by the general membership, prescribe such powers and duties for them as may not be inconsistent with law, the articles of incorporation, or the bylaws, fix their compensation, and require from them security for faithful service.

(b) To conduct, manage, and control the affairs and business of the corporation, and to make rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, the articles of incorporation or these bylaws.

(c) To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purposes of the corporation, and for that purpose to cause to be executed and delivered, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, or other evidence of debt and securities.

 

Section 4: Decisions of the Board of Directors

All decisions of the board of directors shall be subject to review by the membership.

 

Section 5: Term of Office

The term of office of each member of the board of directors of this corporation shall be three years or until his/her successor is elected. Successors for members of the board of directors whose terms of office are then expiring shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members in the year in such terms expire. A member of the board of directors may succeed himself / herself in office.

 

Section 6: Vacancies

Vacancies in the members of the board of directors shall be filled by a majority of the remaining members then in office. A successor member of the board of directors so elected shall serve for the unexpired term of the predecessor.

 

Section 7: Place of Meeting

Regular meetings of the board of directors shall be held at any place, within or without the state that has been designated from time to time by resolution of the board of directors or by written consent of all members of the board. In the absence of this designation, regular meetings of the board of directors may be held either at a place designated or at the principal office.

 

Section 8: Special Meetings

Special meetings of the board of directors may be called at any time for any purpose or purposes by the president or by any three or more members of the board of directors.

            Written notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be delivered personally to each member of the board of directors or sent to each member of the board of directors by mail or other form of written communication, charges prepaid, addressed to him/her at his/her address as it is shown on the records of the corporation, or if it is not so shown on the records or is not readily ascertainable, at the place at which the meetings of the board of directors are regularly held. The notice shall be delivered or sent at least fourteen days before the time of the holding of the meeting.

            The transactions of any meeting of the board of directors of this corporation, however called and notified, shall be as valid as those at a meeting held after regular call and notice, if a quorum is present, and if, either before or after the meeting, each of the members of the board of directors signs a written waiver of notice, or a consent to holding this meeting, or an approval of the minutes of the meeting. All waivers, consents, or approvals shall be filed with the corporate records or be made a part of the minutes of the meeting.

 

Section 9: Action Without a Meeting

An action by the board of directors may be taken without a meeting if all members of the board of directors individually or collectively consent in writing to this action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the board of directors.

 

Section 10: Removal

The board of directors shall have a summary power by vote of a 2/3 majority of its members to suspend, or to expel and terminate the membership of any member of the board of directors for conduct which in its opinion disturbs the order, dignity, business or harmony, or impairs the good name, popularity or prosperity of the organization, or which is likely, in its opinion, to endanger the welfare, interest or character of the organization, or for any conduct in violation of these bylaws or of the rules and regulations of the corporation, which may be made from time to time. Such actions by the board of directors may be taken at any meeting of such committee upon the initiation of any member or members of the committee. The proceedings of the board of directors in such matter shall be final and conclusive.

 

Section 11: Compensation

The members of the board of directors shall receive no compensation for their services as members of the board of directors except their actual expenses.

 

 

Article V - Officers

 

Section 1: Officers

The officers of this corporation shall be a president, 1st and 2nd vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer, and such other officers as the general membership shall elect, or the board of directors may appoint. The president, vice presidents, secretary, and treasurer shall be members of the board of directors.

 

Section 2: Election and Terms of Office

At their annual meeting, members of the corporation shall elect the president, 1st vice president, and 2nd vice president. (Nominations for these positions shall reflect the three constituencies from which ASM members come — Roman Catholic, conciliar protestant, and independent.) The president and two vice presidents shall be elected annually and serve for a term of one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified. It is understood that the vice presidents shall succeed, in turn, to the next office. The secretary and treasurer and all other officers shall serve a term of three years, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

Section 3: Vacancies

A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or other reason shall be filled by the board of directors.

 

Section 4: President

Subject to the control of the board of directors, the president shall have general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of the corporation. The president shall preside at all meetings of the members, and of the board of directors, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of directors. The president, with the secretary, shall execute, in the name of the corporation, all deeds, bonds, contracts, and other obligations and instruments authorized by the board of directors to be executed.

            The president of the corporation shall be an ex-officio member, with vote, on all committees and boards.

 

Section 5: Vice President

In the absence or disability of the president, the 1st vice president shall perform all the duties of the president and in so acting shall have all the powers of the president. The 1st vice president shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the board of directors.

 

Section 6: Secretary

The secretary shall keep a full and complete record of the proceedings of the meetings of the members and of the board of directors, shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of business, shall make service of such notices as may be necessary or proper, shall supervise the keeping of the records of the corporation, shall organize and manage the annual conference and business meeting of the society, shall maintain current membership rolls and bi-annually prepare a membership directory for publication in Missiology, shall manage timely communications with the membership, and shall discharge such other duties of the office as prescribed by the board of directors. The secretary may, with the approval of the board of directors, hire the services of an administrative assistant to assist with these duties.

            In case of the absence or disability of the secretary, or his/her refusal or neglect to act, notices may be given and served by the president, or by the 1st vice president, or by any person thereunto authorized by the president or by the 1st vice president, or by the board of directors.

 

Section 7:  Treasurer

The treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds of the corporation and deposit same in such bank or banks as may be designated by the board of directors. These funds shall be paid out only on checks of the corporation signed by the president, 1st vice president, treasurer, or by such officers as may be designated by the board of directors as authorized to sign them.

            The treasurer shall also keep careful financial records of the society’s income and expenditure, and arrange for an annual financial report to be professionally prepared; present the annual financial report to the board of directors and make it available to the ASM membership to review; prepare for the board of directors and the society a proposed budget for the ensuing year; issue tax-related documents in a timely manner; arrange for the timely preparation and submission of appropriate state and federal tax forms; promptly reimburse persons for any legitimate society expenses; maintain the financial files of the society, including tax returns, receipts of expenditures, 1099 forms, and any correspondence with the IRS; coordinate the processes for receiving Missiology subscriptions and membership dues. The treasurer may, with the approval of the board of directors, hire the services of an administrative assistant to assist with these duties.

 

 

Article VI- Board of Publications and Standing Committees

 

Section I: Board of Publications

The board of publications shall consist of twelve (12) members, including nine (9) members who shall serve terms of three years and three ex-officio members: the president, the secretary and the treasurer. A member of the board of publications may succeed himself / herself in office.

 

Section 2: Publisher

The publisher shall be elected by the board of publications for a 3-year term. The person may be re-elected.

 

Section 3: Editorial Policies

Policies concerning the publications shall be determined by the board of publications, subject to review by the membership at the annual meeting.

 

 

Section 4.  Management of ASM Publications

The board of publications appoints persons to manage each of the ASM’s publication areas as editors and editorial committees. These areas of publication, with brief descriptions of their aims, are as follows:

 

a.       Missiology: An International Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly quarterly journal that publishes articles on the full range of practical and theoretical issues that are the subject matter of the discipline of missiology and mission studies. The editor of Missiology reports to the board of publications through the publisher.

 

b.      The ASM Series publishes books of a scholarly nature in association with a publisher whose list is respected in the academic world in an effort to bring works of mission studies into the wider theological conversation. The ASM Series Editorial Committee reports to the board of publications through the publisher.

 

c.       The ASM Scholarly Monograph Series publishes dissertations and other works of a specialized nature in mission studies to make such work available to its appropriate readership.The ASM Scholarly Monograph Series reports to the board of publications through the publisher.

 

d.      The ASM Electronic Media Committee has responsibility (1) for the design and upkeep of the Society’s website as a resource for the Society itself and to provide information on the Society for all who seek it; (2) for the electronic publication of materials such as, but not limited to, issues of Missiology, the Society’s other publications; and (3) for electronic forums on matters of interest to the Society and mission studies. The ASM Electronic Media Committeereports directly to the board of publications.

 

            In the event of a vacancy in the positions of editors or editorial committees, a nominating committee of the board of publications shall be appointed by the chair of the board of publications that shall consist of the American Society of Missiology publisher and one person each from the three society constituencies (Roman Catholic, conciliar protestant, and independent) who are members of the board of publications. The chair of the board of publications will be an ex officio member of the nominating committee. Other members may be appointed to the nominating committee in order to provide balance in constituency representation. The nominating committee will submit its nomination to the board of publications for its action.

 

Section 5: Election

Members of the board of publications are elected by members of the society present at its annual meeting. The nominating committee appointed by the president (as described in Article III, Section 6) shall propose a slate of candidates for the positions on the board of publications to be filled. Additional nominations may be made from the floor when the nominating committee makes its report, provided prior agreement has been reached with that nominee that he/she is willing to so serve.

 

Section 6: Organization of the Board of Publications

The board of publications shall organize itself by election of its own officers.

 

Section 7: Standing Committees of the Society

Standing committees of the society may be established as deemed necessary by the board of directors or by the membership at the annual meeting. Once established, standing committees shall organize themselves by election of their own officers. 

 

 

Article VII- Seal

 

The board of directors shall provide a suitable seal for the corporation.

 

 

Article VIII-Amendment of Bylaws

 

These bylaws may be amended or repealed and new bylaws adopted by the vote of the majority of the members of the board of directors at any board of directors meeting, excepted that a bylaw fixing or changing the number of the members of the board of directors may be adopted, amended or repealed only by the vote or written consent of a majority of the members of the corporation called for that purpose and which is a majority of the vote of those present and voting. Any amendment to these bylaws adopted by the board of directors, shall be binding on the members unless and until rejected by the voting members at an annual meeting of the members or a special meeting of the members called for that purpose. It shall be the duty of the board of directors to present to the members for ratification or rejection at each annual meeting of the members, or at any special meeting held in lieu of an annual meeting, amendments to the bylaws that have been made by the board of directors during the year immediately preceding the annual meeting.

 

 

Article IX - Records and Inspections

 

Section 1: Records

The corporation shall maintain adequate and correct accounts, books and records of its business and properties. All of such books, records and accounts shall be kept at its principal place of business in the state of California, or as fixed by the board of directors from time to time.

 

Section 2: Inspection of Books and Records

All books and records of the corporation shall be open to inspection by the members of the board of directors at all reasonable times at the principal office of the corporation.

 

Section 3: Inspection and Certification of Bylaws

The original or a copy of these bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date, certified by the secretary, shall be open to inspection by the members of the corporation as provided in Section 502 of the corporations code of California.

 

Section 4: Annual Reports

The board of directors shall cause an annual report to be made to the members not later than the annual meeting following the close of the fiscal year. Said annual report shall contain a balance sheet as of the closing date of such year, together with a statement of income and profit and loss for such year. These financial statements shall be certified by the president, the treasurer, or a public accountant.

 

 

Article X - Fiscal Year

 

The fiscal year of this corporation shall be January 1 to December 31.

 

 

Certified as amended June 16, 2012

 

___________________­­­­­­________

 

W. Jay Moon, secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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47: Connect


Connect


Connect

 

 

"3Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, 4and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. 6Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you. 7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. 8Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11Greet my relative Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; and greet his mother - a mother to me also. 14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them. 15Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you."  Romans 16

 

 

St. Paul understood that our call to participate in God's mission does not happen in a vacuum, but in a wider context - within the whole church - in all of the world. We share in the missioning task with others in North American and equally with sisters and brothers around the world. Below you will find links and opportunities to connect with others who share a partnership with us in this missioning task.

 

 

 


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Discover


Discover

 

Exploring the links on this page will allow you to DISCOVER and better understand who we are as the American Society of Missiology. From our rich heritage as a Society, to a listing of our members, to ways to contact our leadership - and more, you will discover a better understanding of our commitment for assisting the church to participate in God's mission to the world.

 

ASM Home Page

 

About ASM

 

Key People

 

Contact Information

 

ASM Member Information Database

 

Newsletter

 

By-laws

 

Board Minutes

 

Publication Board Minutes

 

Business Meeting Minutes

 

Video Podcasts

 

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Forum New Member Message


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Step One:  Click on the link below to send an email to our Forums Manager.  In the email please identify yourself and state briefly why you want to join the forum.  (Click Here to send an email to our Forums Manager.)


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Step Three:  Once your email addresses are verified you will be sent an email inviting you to activate your account. Click on the link in the email you receive which will take you to the Forums page and activate you account.  Then you will have free access to all our Forums. 

 

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APM - History of the APM


The Association of Professors of Mission: The First Thirty-five Years, 1952-1987
Norman A. Horner
International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 11:3 (July 1987): 120-24. 
Posted with permission from OMSC.


Events leading to a North American association of missions professors grew out of the interest generated by the 1910 World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh, Scotland. A group of missions teachers in the eastern part of the United States began to meet informally as early as 1917,1 to promote fellowship and professional usefulness, sharing their research through papers and discussion of mission issues. There were only four full professorships of missions in American seminaries at the time of the Edinburgh Conference: Southern Baptist (Louisville, Ky.), Yale Divinity School (New Haven, Conn.), Episcopal Theological School (Cambridge, Mass.), and Omaha Seminary (a Presbyterian institution in Omaha, Neb., which has since ceased to exist except as an endowed program of continuing education).2 However, many other seminaries, colleges, and Bible schools were offering courses in missions within the decade after 1910. By the early 1930s the eastern fellowship was meeting on a regular basis, twice a year. In 1940, with some twenty-nine members, the participants adopted a constitution, naming their group the Fellowship of Professors of Missions of the Middle Atlantic Region.3 But the group continued to be known popularly as the Eastern Fellowship.


A wider association in the United States and Canada was a logical next step, and the Association of Professors of Missions (APM) was organized in June 1952 at Louisville, Kentucky. The group often thereafter became known as the Association of Professors of Mission, in the singular, although this change in terminology was never officially made. An invitation to the organizational meeting had been extended by H. Cornell Goeme of the Southern Baptist Seminary in that city and Norman A. Horner of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Goemer was elected the first president of the association, and Homer the first secretary-treasurer.


It was appropriate to hold the inaugural meeting at Southern Baptist Seminary. That institution justifiably claims the oldest continuing department of missions in America.4 There were indeed earlier professors at other seminaries who devoted part time to teaching missions courses,5 but the assignment of Southern Baptist's William Owen Carver to a new Department of Comparative Religion and Missions in 1899 marks the beginning of full status for this discipline in the curriculum of any American seminary.


The year of the APM's organization more than a half century later was in no other respect a high point in the history of missions as a recognized academic discipline in American theological education. Reflecting on it in 1974, R. Pierce Beaver wrote:

Mission teachers and scholars as well as field missionaries and board executives had the ground cut from under them. New justification for the inclusion of missions in the seminary curriculum had to be found and the very existence of the discipline had to be defended. Our Association of Professors of Missions came into existence in 1950 [sic] not as an expression of the old missionary triumphalism but as an attempt to build a lifeboat for floundering brothers and sisters. It really marks the beginning of a new era rather than the climax of the older development. The biennial reports of the Association reveal the wrestling we have done over our reason for being, curriculum, and teaching methods during the past twenty-odd years.6


The APM met biennially for a period of twenty years, from 1952 to 1972, ordinarily in conjunction with scheduled meetings of the American Association of Theological Schools (AATS). During those two decades the membership was drawn chiefly from the United States, although a few Canadian professors participated from the beginning. The charter members were all Protestants, mainly because Roman Catholic seminaries then offered few if any missions courses in their curriculum.7 There were no women members in the earliest years of the organization. By the time of the 1962 meeting one woman had enrolled, and only three were included in a total membership of ninety-seven listed in the biennial report of 1972.


A constitution was drafted and approved at the second meeting of the association, on June 15, 1954. It specified that APM membership was open to professors of missions at seminaries belonging to the AATS and, by action of the Executive Committee, to other qualified persons. During the early years "other qualified persons" were almost entirely teachers of missions at seminaries, colleges, and Bible schools not related to the AATS. A few were executives of mission agencies and ecumenical organizations, but the emphasis was clearly on people actually involved in classroom teaching. At the first three meetings, through 1956, considerable attention was given to such practical concerns as sharing course syllabi and teaching methods.


Pedagogical matters were by no means the only emphasis, however. From the outset the APM as a professional society challenged its members to engage in scholarly research into contemporary mission issues and to share that research through papers read and discussed at the biennial meetings. From 1958 through 1974 those papers were mimeographed and bound, along with the minutes of each meeting. The largest document, that of 1958, included not only the full text of all the papers but also those of the formal critiques. It was 152 pages in length. These and subsequent APM Proceedings were made available not only to the APM membership but, at modest cost, to other interested individuals and institutions. They include lasting scholarly contributions to the field of missiology, studies that are frequently cited in the missiological literature even today. The considerable variety of themes they addressed are as follows:

1958 (Boston)-"Missionary Vocation"
1960 (Richmond, Va.)-Frontiers of the Christian World Mission since 1938: Essays in Honor of Kenneth Scott Latourette, ed. Wilber C. Harr, and published as a book (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1962)
1962 (Toronto)-"Our Teaching Responsibility in the Light of the De-emphasis on the Words 'Missions' and 'Missionary'"
1964 (Philadelphia)-"Theology of the World Apostolate"
1966 (Takoma Park, Md.)-"An Inquiry into the Implications of Joint Action for Mission"
1968 (Webster Groves, Mo.)-"The Theology of Religions"
1970 (Washington, D.C.)-"Salvation and Mission"
1972 (Nashville, Tenn.)-"The Church Growth Movement"
1974 (Wheaton, Ill.)--"Missions in Theological Education"


The regional fellowship groups did not lose their importance. A Midwest Fellowship of Professors of Missions, centered in Chicago, had begun to meet informally sometime during the 1950s and was formally organized in 1957.8 From then on the biennial minutes of the APM normally included reports from both the Eastern and the Midwest fellowships. The first APM constitution (1954) provided that, in addition to the president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer of the APM, one member from each of those regional fellowship groups should serve on its Executive Committee, and that remained the practice until 1974. A plan to organize Southern and Southwestern fellowship groups was frequently mentioned but never carried through.


During the 1960s a small but increasing number of Roman Catholic professors joined the APM, four of them being admitted to membership at the 1968 meeting alone. By then it had become standard practice to have all three traditions--conciliar Protestant, Roman Catholic, and conservative-evangelical Protestant--represented in those assigned to read papers at each biennial meeting. The APM was thus in some important respects the most widely ecumenical body in North America at that time.


By the early 1960s the majority of missions teachers were no longer in the institutions of conciliar Protestantism but in the conservative-evangelical schools. The "mainline" Protestant mission agencies were appointing candidates primarily for short term rather than lifetime missionary service, and they began to use the brief but intensive orientation courses at Stony Point, New York, and elsewhere rather than the traditionally longer academic preparation for appointees to overseas service. This signaled the demise of some distinguished and ecumenically oriented schools of mission and the emergence in strength of conservative-evangelical schools. As Walter Cason noted in his paper read at the APM interim meeting in 1973:

Clear signs of changing interests in specialized missionary training are to be seen in the rise and fall of institutions or departments devoted primarily to this task. Among those who have grown since 1962 are: the School of World Mission and Institute of Church Growth at Fuller Seminary; the School of World Mission of Trinity Evangelical Divinity school; and the School of World Mission of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Protestant institutions which have ended this type of program include the Hartford Seminary Foundation, Scarritt College, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Maywood.9


Throughout the period from 1958 to 1972 the APM maintained a fairly large total membership, usually well over 100, but attendance at the biennial gatherings was sometimes disappointing. Only twenty-two registered for the meeting in 1968, and the number dropped to fourteen, along with a few invited guests, in 1970. Those in attendance at the 1970 meeting expressed a concern to reevaluate the purpose of the association and the nature of its membership. They directed the Executive Committee to study the matter, seek suggestions from the members about possible changes, and report to the next meeting.10


Some twenty-five members and a few invited guests registered for the meeting in 1972, but that small increase afforded little encouragement. Moreover, the total membership roll, recently pruned of those who had not so much as paid their dues for the previous four years, was considerably reduced. Clearly something was needed to increase interest. The Executive Committee reported the results of a questionnaire it had distributed.11 Of the forty-two replies returned, a large majority (86%) favored relaxing the membership requirement to include professors of other disciplines who are also concerned with the study of missions. A smaller but still substantial majority (69%) favored including mission-board members and executives, representatives of publishing companies, and others professionally involved in mission studies. And more than half (55%) approved of opening the membership to field missionaries, graduate students, and others--"anyone interested in the purpose of the association." It had become clear that whatever else might emerge in a future restructuring, article III of the constitution, requiring special action to admit professors of missions in seminaries not related to the AATS, was clearly obsolete. That article was therefore amended to read: "Membership shall be open to all professors of missions and, by invitation of the Executive Committee, to other qualified persons."12


Early in June 1972, just prior to the eleventh biennial meeting of the APM in Nashville, a small group of the association's members had met during "Expo '72" in Dallas, Texas, to discuss the future of the association. They concluded that it would be wiser to begin a more inclusive organization, to be called the American Society of Missiology (ASM), rather than merely try to broaden the scope of the APM. This, they argued, would attract a much wider constituency. It would also help to avoid the danger of further polarization, and would solve the problem of attempting to merge the APM with the recently organized Association of Evangelical Professors of Missions. Moreover, a larger organization would be better able to undertake publication of a scholarly journal, a goal of the APM first articulated ten years earlier at the 1962 meeting and reiterated in 1970 but always frustrated by the insurmountable problem of financial cost.


The proposal to organize the new and more comprehensive society was conveyed to the Nashville meeting of the APM by Gerald H. Anderson, chairman of the ASM Continuation Committee.13 Despite a few expressions of regret that the timing of the proposal seemed to preempt the APM's effort to accomplish a similar purpose by restructuring its own organization, the reception was generally favorable. The mind of the group seems best summarized in the comment made by R. Pierce Beaver:

I am probably the only charter member of the APM present. I have long felt the need for an association that included professors of diverse fields, an organization that would bring together scholars and experts with an interest in the mission of Christ's Church. . . . We in the field of missions need the light, guidance and help of men from many other fields, like anthropology, sociology, linguistics, etc. I am doubtful whether our APM could be enlarged in such a way as to draw these others in. . . . I think there are tremendous advantages in a new organization that right from the start is based on comprehensiveness. We have been through a period of polarization. It has been a great obstacle to our common concern and task. A new society offers the possibility of broader development including Conservative Evangelicals, Ecumenicals and Roman Catholics. . . . The new society also offers the possibility of enlisting lay members (from industry, etc.) who can have effect on others. Perhaps it will also be more effective in producing a reading public for mission studies, something we all desire and need.14


A remaining question was whether or not the APM should attempt to retain its independent identity or simply be absorbed into the proposed larger organization. That question was tentatively answered by a decision at the 1972 meeting to gather again the following year under its own APM auspices but in association with the inaugural meeting of the ASM. In effect this was a decision to continue as an independent association of professors, but it was also a recognition that most APM members would be unable or unwilling to attend the national meetings of both organizations unless those meetings were held at the same place, one following immediately upon the other. Just as the APM meetings had maintained a "piggy-back" relationship to the biennial gatherings of the AATS for the previous twenty years, the APM was now moving in the direction of meeting annually in conjunction with the American Society of Missiology.



The APM met again in June 1973 at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, for its "twelfth interim meeting," called to celebrate "the creation of the American Society of Missiology with the help and blessing of the Association of Professors of Missions."15 Members of the APM conducted their own business sessions. Three papers on the theme "Missions in Theological Education," previously assigned and intended for the twelfth biennial meeting in 1974, were read and discussed. A fourth paper and further discussion of the same general theme were scheduled for the following year. The secretary was asked to investigate the possibility of having those and future papers published in the new ASM journal, Missiology: An International Review, no decision having yet been made about whether or not the APM wouI4 continue to publish its Proceedings in the accustomed format.16


At the meeting in 1974, article V of the APM constitution was changed to read: "This Association shall convene annually, preferably in conjunction with the meeting of the American Society of Missiology."17 The association had thus firmly established its affiliation with the new organization. Some fears were expressed by those present that interest in the APM with its more specialized concerns would decline in consequence, but quite the opposite has occurred. Attendance at the annual meetings since 1974 has consistently been at least double that of the old biennial gatherings. More than seventy registered for the meeting in 1986, the largest attendance in the association's history. The total membership roll, currently 119, is larger and more diversified than it has been for a number of years. In brief, the Association of Professors of Missions is flourishing because of, and not in spite of, its relationship to the American Society of Missiology.


Some APM members nevertheless continue to feel that the association need not maintain an independent identity but should become merely a special-interest section of the ASM. Motions to that effect were introduced at every annual meeting from 1979 to 1983, the liveliest discussion of the matter taking place in 1981. Such motions have invariably failed by a wide margin to pass. In 1984 a committee of APM/ASM members again moved to have the question reviewed, but that motion was tabled indefinitely by a vote of more than two to one.


Thus the continued existence of the APM as an autonomous organization seems reasonably secure, but only if it continues to meet the special needs and interests of its membership in ways the ASM cannot do. This means focusing on issues that relate specifically to the responsibilities of teachers, its main reason for being. To deal solely or even primarily with such broad missiological issues as characterized several of its meetings in the 1960s and early 1970s would risk merely duplicating the function of the ASM. Hence the recurrent appeal from APM members for more focus on pedagogical matters as such. The theme of the 1986 meeting was "Approaches to the Teaching of Missions," and there are regular requests to share course syllabi again as was done in the past.


Throughout the past thirty-five years the APM has brought together professors from as wide an ecumenical spectrum as that of any other professional society in North America. Their sharing of scholarly interests has resulted in more than personal satisfaction and professional usefulness. The Association of Professors of Missions no longer serves as "a lifeboat for floundering brothers and sisters," as was the case in 1952. It has helped to restore a measure of prominence to their academic discipline in American theological education. Its wider influence can be seen not only in the rise of the American Society of Missiology but, to a more limited extent, in the organization in 1972 of the International Association for Mission Studies.18


Olav Guttorm Myklebust, The Study of Missions in Theological Education, vol. 2 (Oslo: Egede Institute, 1957), p. 71.

Ibid. Myklebust mentions only the first three of these schools. He does not refer to Omaha Presbyterian Theological Seminary, but it should be included. See Edinburgh Conference Reports, vol. 6, p. 175.

Myklebust, vol. 2, p. 185. Myklebust bases this information on an unpublished typescript, "History of the Fellowship of Professors of Missions," dated 1955, written by Daniel J. Fleming, then professor of missions at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and an active member of the eastern fellowship; also a letter from R. Pierce Beaver dated Nov. 29, 1955. Neither Myklebust nor Union Seminary library were able to locate or provide copies of these in December 1986.

See Hugo H. Culpepper, "The Legacy of William Owen Carver," in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 5 (July 1981): 119-22.

See R. Pierce Beaver, "The American Theological Seminary and Missions: An Historical Survey," in APM, Proceedings, Twelfth Biennial Meeting (Wheaton, Ill., June 9-10, 1974), pp. 7-14. Beaver states that missions courses were offered at Princeton Seminary from 1836 to 1839 by Charles Breckinridge, professor of pastoral theology and missionary instruction, but the subject disappeared from the curriculum entirely in 1855. George Lewis Prentiss was appointed professor of pastoral theology, church polity, and mission work at Union Seminary, New York City, in 1873, but missions constituted a very small part of his teaching, and it was not until 1918 that Daniel J. Fleming became the first full-time professor of missions at that school. In 1885 Cumberland University of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Lebanon, Tenn., recognized H. C. Bell, a mission board executive, as professor of homiletics and missions, without salary, again a part-time teaching function. However, by the 1880s and 1890s missions courses had begun to appear widely in American Protestant schools.

Ibid., p. 13. Beaver here mistakenly dates the beginning of the APM as 1950. There was undoubtedly serious discussion about such a society by 1950 or earlier, but the organizational meeting was in 1952.

As late as 1973, only five of the twenty-nine Roman Catholic seminaries replying to a questionnaire reported having any teachers who offered courses in missions. See Charles W. Forman, "The Role of Mission Studies in Theological Education," in APM, Proceedings, Twelfth Biennial Meeting, p. 36.

The Midwest Fellowship first adopted a constitution on March 30, 1957. Charles Van Engen, the current secretary, indicates that records prior to that date no longer exist. However, article V of the constitution provides for charter membership to "any person who attended meetings of the Fellowship up to the time of the adoption of the constitution." In Van Engen's opinion, the group had met informally for several years prior to 1957 and was probably stimulated to organize on a more formal basis by the emergence of the APM in 1952.

Cason, "Missions in Theological Education: The Present Situation," in APM, Proceedings, Twelfth Biennial Meeting (1974), pp. 31-32. (Papers and minutes from the 1973 and 1974 meetings were published together in this 1974 document.)

APM, Proceedings, Tenth Biennial Meeting (Washington, D.C., June 16-18, 1970), p. 37.

See APM, Proceedings, Eleventh Biennial Meeting (Nashville, Tenn., June 12-14, 1972), pp. 79-83.

Ibid., p. 84 ("The Association of Professors of Missions, Constitution Adopted June 15, 1954, Revised June 14, 1972"). This amendment of article III, Membership, was the first substantive revision of the constitution. A 1962 modification had merely authorized each meeting to determine the amount of biennial dues.

Ibid., pp. 71-72.

Ibid.

APM, Proceedings: Twelfth Biennial Meeting (Wheaton, Ill., June 9-10, 1974), p. 3.

Ibid., pp. 5, 47.

Ibid., p. 48.

O. G. Myklebust, "On the Origin of IAMS," in Mission Studies III-1 (1986): 4. Myklebust credits R. Pierce Beaver's paper read at the APM meeting in 1952 with having given encouragement to the Oslo proposal to establish the international society.


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Links


APMASSOCIATIONS

IAMS List of Missiological Societies (with links where available)


TEACHING RESOURCES
A Berkeley Compendium of Suggestions for Teaching with Excellence
Course Syllabi
Listing of Missions Programs in North America


PUBLISHERS
 
Abingdon Press
Baker Book House
Eerdmans
Intercultural Press
InterVarsity
Kregel Publications
Orbis
Paulist Press
Sage Publications
William Carey Library
World Vision Resources
Zondervan  


RESEARCH RESOURCES
Contextualization articles database
Libraries of the Ecumenical Centre and Bossey Ecumenical Institute (WCC) 
MisLinks Research Page 
Mission Research Resources (GMI) 
Network for Strategic Missions Knowledge Base 
Sources for Mission and World Christianity Research (Yale Divinity Library) 


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Meeting Information


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Note: Page is under construction. Meeting information links coming soon!

 

For information regarding the ASM and APM annual meetings, follow the links below.

 

Please register for the Annual Conference early - the Maria House is

already full but there is still lodging in the Techny Towers.

 

Registration Form 

ASM Meeting Description and Schedule 

Meeting Announcement for the ASM Student Fellowship

Meeting Announcement for the Association of Professors of Mission

Venue and Travel Information

Lodging Options Offsite

ASM Travel Pool Information and Request Form

Schedule of Papers Accepted for Presentation

 

 

For information regarding the AETE annual meeting, please go to the AETE website at www.aeteonline  .org.

 


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Member Directory


Member Directory Under Construction. Please come back soon.


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54: Networking Opportunities


Networking Opportunities


Networking Opportunities Under construction. Please come again soon!


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Newsletter


Newsletter

 

Note: This page is under construction. A more complete Newsletter coming soon.


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Online Topic Discussion


Is there a particular puzzle, dilemma, problem you think needs some fresh insight? Post a topic, a question, a hypothesis,  a wild idea. See where it leads.

Have you been pondering a particular missiological issue and/or forming a new (you think) take on it? Are you ready to launch the idea among friends and see if it floats? Pose it. Show what brought you to it. Say what you would like to test, and the kind of responses you would be eager to hear. (Being brief and to the point helps!)

 

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participate


"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now."  -Philippians 1:3-5

 

This section of the ASM website provides various ways you can PARTICIPATE with others in discussion, reflection and study of important issues and themes within the field of Missiology - thereby sharing "partnership in the gospel." Along with participating through Facebook andTwitter, you can enter the following forums:

 

The Future of the Discipline of Missiology

 

This Forum contains papers being presented at the Annual Meeting of ASM on Saturday afternoon, June 18. The initial paper is a reflection by Craig Van Gelder on the Future of Missiology entitled "Historical Development of the Discipline of Missiology: From a Western Tradition to a Global Enterprise." The responses that follow are from those who will serve on the Response Panel. Please join the discussion by posting your response.

 

Click here to enter The Future of the Discipline of Missiology

 

 

ASM General Forum

 

 

 

Is there a particular puzzle, dilemma, problem you think needs some fresh insight? Post a topic, a question, a hypothesis, a wild idea. See where it leads.

 

Have you been pondering a particular missiological issue and/or forming a new (you think) take on it? Are you ready to launch the idea among friends and see if it floats? Pose it. Show what brought you to it. Say what you would like to test, and the kind of responses you would be eager to hear. (Being brief and to the point helps!) 

 

Click here to enter the ASM General Forum.

 

 

 

Missiology: An International Review Forum

 

In this Forum you will have an opportunity to read a lead article in the most recent issue ofMissiology and engage the author in a discussion about its content, theory, proposals and implications.

 

Click here to enter "Missiology" Forum. 

 

 

 

Scholar in Residence Forum

 

Each month, ASM member(s) will host a discussion focused on their particular area of expertise, field of study, and/or current research pursuit.  Join in the discussion to engage top scholars in the Field of Missiology-ask questions, explored new ideas, and engage our scholars around important issues for you in your mission pursuits. 

 

Click here to enter the Scholar in Residence Forum. 

 

 

 

Mission Research Forum

 

Post a few notes on your current research interest or project, in order to explore who else might be traveling down a similar path.   Let connections spark and new collaborative relationships flourish!

 

You may want to probe what other people find to be critical bibliographic resources for your line of research. Or as you begin teaching in a particular area, you may want to discover from veteran teachers in the field what pedagogical strategies have been found to be useful. 

 

Click here to enter the Mission Research Forum.  

 

 

 

ASM Student Forum

 

Join other students actively engaged in formal Mission Study Programs. Share your own research ideas. Ask  for the critique and insight of others. Seek out others who may be traveling the same educational and research path you are on. Create new study and research communities as you find like-minded colleagues in the same pursuits. (Let us know and we will be happy to create a new sub-forum for your group - email address@asmweb.org)  

 

Click here to enter the ASM Student Forum.  

 

 

 

 

Become a friend of ASM on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the facebook link below to launch the ASM Facebook page.

 

 

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58: Previous Meetings


Previous Meetings


ASM Annual Meeting

Materials from Previous Meetings

 

2012 Papers on the Future of the Discipline of Missiology


Rozko, J. R. "Toward a Mission-Shaped Vision of Theological Formation: Implications of the missio Dei for Theological Education."
Fensham, Charles, and Archpriest Eric Tosi. "Not So Far West: Taking the 'Mission' out of Missiology."
Adeney, Frances S. "What Are They Saying About Women Doing Mission Theology?"
Poston, Larry. "Mission Impossible? The Encounter of Christian with the Religions."
Sills, M. David. "Missiology in a Changing World Since WWII."
Montgomery, Robert L. "The Resources Needed for Missiological Theory Leading to a Three-Step Approach in Producing Missiological Theory."
Matthews, Victor W., Jr. "The Earliest Outreach: 'Unraveling the Missiological Instructions of the Nativity.'"


For information regarding the 2012 ASM and APM meetings, follow the links below.

ASM 2012 Student Fellowship Flyer
ASM 2012 Registration Form (only fill this out if you do not wish to register online)
ASM 2012 Conference Schedule
ASM 2012 Conference Description (Letter from the President)
APM 2012 Meeting Description and Schedule (Assoc. of Professors of Mission)
ASM 2012 Symposium Schedule (Youth and Mission)
General Travel Information
Recommended Chicago Hotels
ASM Travel Pool 2012
ASM 2012 Parallel Sessions
AETE 2012 Meeting Schedule
REVISED ASM 2012 Master Schedule (includes basic conference schedule and parallel sessions schedule)


Reflections on the 2011 Conference:
This year's conference topic was "Mission Spirituality in Global Perspective." We invite you to reflect together on the presentations by participating in one of our forum discussions, perusing the materials posted below, or enjoying the forthcoming January 2012 issue of Missiology, which will include article versions of many of the conference presentations. 

View 2011 conference highlights. Click a link below!
Pre-conference symposium details 
Plenary sessions
Bible teaching outline
Voluntary papers schedule
Symposium topics and speaker bios
Symposium schedule
Life achievement award


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Publish


The American Society of Missiology has a long distinguished history of publishing within the mission field. Our journal Missiology: An Internationoal Review has long been a premiere mission publication that is multi-disciplined, interconfessional, practical, and global. The ASM Series, in existance for over 30 years, is a series of monographs exploring current and cutting edge issues within the mission field. Our newer ASM Monograph Series is a publication of distinguished dissertations and other similar scholarly monographs in missiology and in related fields of missiological interest.

 

On this page you will also find links to Course Syllabi offered by the APM to enhance the teaching of mission, ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) access for members and non-member journal subscibers, and guidelines for manuscript and book review submissions.

 

 

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2015 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology

 

 

2015 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology

 

 

The American Society of Missiology honors Dr. Scott W. Sunquist as the recipient of the annual Book Award for Excellence in Missiology. His book, The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000, published by Baker Academic in 2015, is recognized for its significant contribution to missiology, and is noted for its distinctive influence on how missiology and mission studies are examined, understood, and interpreted.

 

Presented June 18, 2016, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, MN

 


Darrell Whiteman, Ph.D.
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Gregory Leffel, Ph.D.
President 2015-2016
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60: Registration


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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY

2018 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Information pertaining to registration for the 2018 ASM Conference will be available in early 2018.

 

 

 


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61: Tandem Events


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62: Video Podcasts


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63: The Working Papers


The Working Papers


 

WORKING PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY

 

Volume 1: Missio-Logoi/Contextualization http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/13/

Working Papers Of The American Society Of Missiology; Volume 1 Missio-Logoi/ Contextualization

 

Volume 2: Third Wave Mission/Migration http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/14/

Working Papers Of The American Society Of Missiology; Vol. 2 Third Wave Missions/Migration

 

Volume 3: Public Theology http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/19/

Working Papers of the American Society of Missiology; Vol. 3 Public Theology

 

Volume 4: Migration/Missionary Imagination http://place.asburyseminary.edu/academicbooks/17/

Working Papers of the American Society of Missiology; Vol. 4 Migration/ Missionary Imagination

 


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64: About ASM


Keywords: Missions, ASM, Missiology, Ecumenical


An ecumenical professional association for mission studies. We bring together more than 600 academicians, mission agency executives, and missionaries in a unique fellowship of scholarship and mission.


About Us

Who We Are

As the ecumenical professional association for mission studies in North America, the American Society of Missiology includes more than 600 academicians, mission agency executives, and missionaries in a unique fellowship of scholarship and mission. It seeks to


  • Promote the scholarly study of theological, historical, social, and practical questions relating to the missionary dimension of the Christian church.

  • Relate studies in Missiology to the other scholarly disciplines.

  • Promote fellowship and cooperation among individuals and institutions engaged in activities and studies related to Missiology.

  • Facilitate mutual assistance and exchange of information among those thus engaged.

  • Encourage research and publication in the study of Christian missions.


The ASM publishes the quarterly journal Missiology: An International Review, which has a worldwide print circulation of approximately 1150 subscribers. The Editor of the journal is Rich Starcher


In cooperation with Orbis Books, the society publishes the ASM Series, in which more than 30 monographs have been published since 1980. Robert Hunt is chair of the editorial committee for the series.  


The ASM Dissertation Series was begun in 1993, and in June 2006 the name was changed to the ASM Scholarly Monograph Series. James Krabill is chair of the editorial committee for that series.


In all of its publications, it is the concern of the ASM to incorporate the knowledge, understanding, skills, and techniques provided by the social and behavioral sciences, by regional area studies, by a wide range of professional experience (in fields such as agriculture, education, medicine, and public health), and by biblical, theological, and historical studies.


The ASM meets annually in June in tandem with the Association of Professors of Mission (APM).

 

Read The History of the American Society of Missiology, by Wilbert Shenk here.

 

 

 

 


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2: Jesus and the Stranger


Keywords: stranger, refugee, immigration, diversity, mission


Darrell Whiteman considers the biblical and missiological imperatives in a world of refugees and dislocated peoples.


Jesus and the Stranger

 

In this blog I wish to discuss the refugee crisis and suggest how we, as followers of Jesus, might develop a missional response.

Black or WhiteThe front pages of the New York Times over the past year, and even the cover story of the March 2016 Christianity Today, remind us that we are facing the worst humanitarian crisis since WW II.  60 million people are affected, and if we added them up they would represent the 23rd largest country in the world.  It’s unbelievable, but it’s reality.

 

Amidst the clamor, noise, nonsense, and fear about refugees, migrants, and other strangers in our midst, I have been thinking a lot about how Jesus would respond to and treat the Strangers in our nation, in our community, and in our personal lives.  Would he build a wall to keep them out?  Would he send police into neighborhoods where Muslims predominantly live?   Of course not.  So why do we even think we should? Unfortunately the Church is not immune to this way of thinking.  In the March 2016 issue of Christianity Today it was reported that many evangelicals supported the ban on refugees, and according to the Pew Research Center only 1/3 of white evangelical Protestants said they favored the United States accepting more refugees, and that was prior to the Paris attack.  Afterward, LifeWay Research found that 48% of self-identified evangelical pastors agreed that there was a “sense of fear” within their congregations about refugees coming to the United States.  Do those congregations understand how Jesus would relate to refugees, to the strangers in their community?

 

What does it mean to be a refugee, to leave what is familiar and enter into permanent strangeness?  Refugees experience the loss of all things—food, shelter, significance, predictability, the basics of life are gone. Their language, celebrations, traditions, even the familiar smells of home disappear, but the loss of identity is one of the greatest losses for refugees.  How would Jesus relate to refugees who have lost so much?

 

Open the wallI believe, as followers of Jesus, we must have a complete change of our worldview in order to welcome strangers instead of ignoring and fearing them.  Paul writes in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind [worldview].  Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”   As followers of Jesus we cannot allow ourselves to get sucked into all the fear, hatred, misunderstanding and even bigotry against the strangers and refugees who are living amongst us.  We need a missional mindset, not a protective and fearful one.

 

I want to recommend several characteristics of a missional mindset needed to respond to refugees in a Christ-like way.  Every perspective frames how we see and understand the world and its problems.  Too often we are unaware that we even have a particular perspective, and so we sally forth into the world to do good, oblivious that there may be other ways of seeing and understanding refugees and strangers.  This is when helping can too often hurt the very people we seek to assist.

 

First, we listen MORE and talk LESS.  We have to listen with our ears and our heart in order to understand and empathize with the plight of refugees.  Every refugee has a story which they want to share, but we are often too busy or too afraid to seek out and listen to their story.

 

Second, we cultivate a healthy appreciation for diversity.  We celebrate diversity, we are not threatened by it.  The picture of the fulfilled Kingdom of God as revealed in Rev. 7:9 is a Kingdom of enormous diversity because all people groups, languages, and cultures will be represented around the throne of God.  The absence of diversity is not unity, it is uniformity.  In fact, you can’t have unity without diversity, and the Kingdom of God is a kingdom of diversity unified in its worship of God.

 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly of all, a missional perspective on refugees takes an incarnational approach to identifying with them in the same way that God became Jesus the Jew and identified with his Jewish religion and culture in the midst of the oppressive Roman occupation of Palestine.  An incarnational attitude, like the one Jesus had as portrayed in Philippians 2:1-8, is the most important characteristic of a missiological approach to ministry with refugees. When we have the attitude that Jesus had toward the stranger, it empowers us to identify and empathize with them.  We begin to see the trauma of their world through their eyes, we weep with them over their loss, and we laugh and celebrate with them when they have hope for a better future. Like Jesus, we attempt to see and understand the world from their worldview and do not condemn nor fear them as refugees in our midst.  You see, the strangers among us may very well be angels unaware.

 

 

 

 


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3: The Nitty Gritty Mission of Reconciliation


Keywords: reconciliation, aboriginal, LGBTQ, mission, native Americans


Allan Effa explores a contemporary application of the missional mandate to help people find reconciliation toward themselves, with special focus on Canada's Aboriginal population and LGBTQ people.


 

The Nitty Gritty Mission of Reconciliation

 

It has become a standard missiological practice to frame the Missio Dei around the four alienations described in Genesis 3. Our blueprint for mission encompasses the reconciliation of people to God, to themselves, to one another, and to creation. Each of these represents an enormous challenge that looks different, depending on where you find yourself.

I have been pondering the second of these in light of my Canadian urban context.

As the story goAdam and Evees, Adam and Eve's disobedience resulted in a blanket of shame, signified by their hiding and make-shift attempts to cover their nakedness. Suddenly they were no longer at ease with their physical bodies and their psyches were marred with guilt and shame.

The pursuit of improved image, beauty, status, possessions, and an unhealthy clinging to others for affirmation are manifestations of this curse. Media projects the ideal physique, the preferred image, and what success should look like. Reality TV shows glamorize radical makeovers and clinics market cosmetic surgeries to rearrange face or figure, reinforcing the drive to remedy this self-estrangement and satiate the longing for wholeness.

Besides being a plague among Canadian youth, generally, two specific groups are negatively affected in even more acute ways. One of these populations is a visible minority that has experienced centuries of racial and cultural discriminationAboriginal Canadians. These are the aboriginal peoples of Canada. For decades, residential schools were an instrument of cultural genocide, a concerted effort by church and state to stamp out cultural identity. Children were removed from their families at young ages, forbidden to speak their languages, and were educated toward becoming productive white citizens. Instead of being agents of reconciliation, the church became a force of alienation, encouraging aboriginal children to despise their "indianness" and aspire to take on the identity of the Caucasian majority. An aboriginal member in my congregation recalls the deep childhood shame she felt over her dark skin and her avoidance of direct sunlight in the summer time, lest she take on even darker shades of pigment than her white classmates.

Only in recent years, within the framework of Canada's truth and reconciliation commission, has the church begun to address this deep-seated alienation that continues to manifest itself in Canada's many social problems. There are still large segments of the Canadian church that fail to see this dimension of reconciliation as integral to their mission.

Another minority group that acutely experiences alienation toward self is the gay/lesbian/transgendered community. Despite progress in laws protecting human rights and a significant shift in the attitudes of the Canadian population as a whole, much of the Canadian church continues to be a greater force for alienation than reconciliation. Teen suicide rates are high in Canada, but LGBT teens and young adults are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. Twenty percent of homeless youth are LGBT, many of them evicted by their church-going families. This brokenness, too, forms part of God's agenda of reconciliation.

Unfortunately, most churches have been a complete failure in this arena. The primary words LGBTs in Canada hear from the church aresexual minority symbol words of condemnation. My denomination (Canadian Baptists of Western Canada) has an official position of "Welcoming, but not Affirming" toward LGBT people. Although the "not affirming" label is intended to communicate that we do not affirm gay marriage, the common reaction of sexual minorities is that these churches are not affirming any identity apart from traditional heterosexuality. Regardless of where churches may land on the matter of same sex relationships, there is convincing evidence that sexual orientation and gender dysphoria are not chosen behaviours, but determined by some still unknown factors. Too often we emit messages of disapproval to people who identify as LGBT, offering them either the option of trying to change who they are or to live as though they were heterosexual (sometimes with painful relational consequences). We continue to impose the same kinds of failed options that we did upon our aboriginal populations: change or assimilate. I am not interested in staking a position in favour or against gay marriage or same sex relations. This is a divisive issue on which the church needs to learn to peacefully agree to disagree. But, we are all compelled by Christ's love to offer acceptance, home, and spiritual community that can help heal the wound of alienation to self that these brothers and sisters live with.

We need to take up the mission of reconciliation by helping both our aboriginal and LGBT brothers and sisters come to a place where they can stop hating the way they were made and affirm with the psalmist, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well" (139:14). This is the nitty-gritty work of mission.

 

 


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