EMS Dissertation Series

Towards a Missiological Model for Worldview Transformation among Adherents to African Traditional Religion in Yorubaland

Kelvin Okey Onongha (EMS Press, 2017) Seventh-day Adventist missions in the western region of Nigeria are a century old, yet reversion to pre-Christian practices such as divination and sorcery are reported, especially during periods of personal crises. This study sought to understand the influence of the traditional worldview on the practices of divination and sorcery …

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Conversion Narratives in Context: Muslims Turning to Christ in post-Soviet Central Asia

Daniel Gene Hoskins (EMS Press, 2017) Religious experience is a narrative reality, while it certainly relates to doctrines and rituals, it is embodied by the stories people tell which express the meaning of conversion as understood by the converts themselves. In order to enter this narrative world we must engage the actual stories told by

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A Grounded Theory of Leadership and Followership in Multicultural Teams in SIL

EunSun Sunny Hong (EMS Press, 2017) There is a growing need to understand what effective multicultural leadership and followership look like in a faith-based, nonprofit, international organization where communication is mostly conducted through electronic means. Very little research has been done on this subject. The purpose of this grounded theory study is to understand and

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COMIBAM 1984-2000: Historical Analysis of a Majority World Missionary Network

Julio Guarneri (EMS Press, 2017) This dissertation provides a historical analysis of the Cooperación Misionera Ibero Americana [Ibero American Missionary Cooperation] (COMIBAM). This historical analysis consists of COMIBAM’s first sixteen years (1984-2000). The purpose is to tell the story of this important network and its missionary advance and to provide the baseline for further research

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Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame

Jackson Wu (WCIU Press, 2013) Years ago, the author had a startling realization. Theologians and pastors have long taught on the glory of God and its central importance in the Bible. However, because he was living in East Asia, it also dawned on the author that this sort of talk about God’s glory, praising Him,

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Reshaping Evangelicalism’s Future Leaders: How Short Term Urban Service Experiences are Influencing the Theology, Social Change Strategy, Cultural Awareness, and Social Connections of a Group of Evangelical College Students

Rick Richardson (WCIU Press, 2013) Many evangelical college students are going on urban immersion experiences in order to serve the city, learn about justice and poverty, and grow in their connectedness to poor and ethnically diverse people. These trips cost less than international trips, present fewer language and culture barriers, and often are experienced as

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Conversion and Post-Conversion Experiences of Hindu-Background Believers with Applications to Local Church Ministry in Southern California

Asher Mathew (WCIU Press, 2013) The motivation for this study was to help Indian churches in Southern California be more effective in their evangelistic strategies and discipleship efforts in order to produce new converts who are growing in the Lord. The author investigated the conversion and post-conversion experiences of believers who were born and brought

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Important Factors in Pre-Field and Field Based Preparation of Missionaries Serving with Cross and Crescent International

Herbert Brasher, Jr. (WCIU Press, 2013) he most important event happening in our world today is the story of the Lord Jesus Christ as he works through his people in making disciple multipliers among every people group on earth. Exactly what kind of disciples are needed to do that? Many pre-field training programs have traditionally

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