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The 2015 Southeast Regional meeting will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 (8a-5:30p) at Columbia International University (Columbia, SC). The theme is "Controversies in Mission" and the call for papers is below.

Controversies in Mission: 2015 Evangelical Missiological Society Theme

In the history of the church, Christian mission has often been met with controversy. From the council of Jerusalem (AD 49) to the efforts of Augustine of Canterbury in 6th century England to Robert Nobili in 17th century India to advocates of C5 insider movements in the present day, crossing social, cultural and religious barriers and making disciples of all nations has probably never been without some level of controversy. Given the diversity in the global body of Christ today—different theological and church traditions, varying temperaments of missionaries, and the increased cultural diversity of the global church on mission—controversy should really come as no surprise. Rather, if we follow the model of the first century Jerusalem church leaders, addressing the hot issues affords us moments of pause and needed reflection.

So what are the most controversial issues in mission today? In 2015, the Evangelical Missiological Society will engage this topic in its Spring regional gatherings and in its annual meeting in Dallas, September 18-20. Professors, practitioners, and students of mission are invited to submit papers from the various disciplines of missiology (biblical and theological studies, history, cultural anthropology) while case studies and strategic reflections are also welcomed.  The goal is to present careful consideration of issues causing tension and contention within current mission thought, practice and strategy and lead to serious but charitable dialog; therefore, papers should avoid polemics as an end, but rather require a “way forward.” Proposed topics include, but are not limited to:

People in Mission

Means of Mission

Methods for Mission


Ethics of BAM

Holism vs. Proclamation

Gay Marriage

Funding Indigenous Workers

Insider Movements

Women (role of)

Dependency vs. Generosity

Bible Translation

(emphasis on translation in Muslim contexts)

STM vs. Career Missionaries


Engaging Social Media/Technology

Amateurization vs. Professionalism

To propose a paper, send a topic and 200-300 word abstract to Ed Smither (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 15, 2015. Accepted papers should be about 4500-7000 words in length and use the Harvard documentation system. Some papers read at the regional meetings will be invited to be read at the annual EMS meeting in Dallas, September 18-20, 2015, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS monograph for 2016.

Southeast Vice President

Dr. Ed Smither
Columbia International University
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