North Central Region

EMS 2023 Conference Logo - Educating for Contemporary Mission

Registration will open in early February

for Contemporary Mission:

Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 8:00 to 4:45 CST

LIVE Conference!! 

To once again be held on the campus of TEDS, Deerfield, IL

Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert J. Priest

beloved retired missiological anthropologist, who will be speaking on the topic: "Whither the Missiological Curriculum?: Culture, the 'Suffering Subject,' and the Christian Good" 

We will also have a complete slate of 35 other excellent papers, 
with many relating to the theme of educating for contemporary mission

Please help spread the news about this live EMS regional conference! Encourage fellow faculty, and especially your students, to mark this date on their calendars and to attend! One idea is to require your students to attend that day as a part of a course requirement. 

About the Theme

The intersection of education and mission produces a maze of models and practices. From the many pastors’ conferences conducted each year around the globe, to short-term discipleship and leadership development processes utilized by missions sending agencies, to legacy institutions grappling with curricula, the maze grows deeper and more complex. Add into this mix, advances in globalization, urbanization, and technologically-driven educational platforms expedited by the global pandemic, and the maze goes virtual as well.
With these models and opinions, key questions come to the forefront. Among these questions are, What are the missiologically responsible, theologically sound, and effective best practices in education for contemporary mission? The vast diversity of answers are expressed by the differing perspectives within missions–from the academy, the church, and the practitioner. The conference aims to address the role and shape of education and mission today from all of these perspectives.

Regional Vice President

Larry W. Caldwell, Ph.D

Sioux Falls Seminary/
Kairos University

The North Central Region covers the following states:

  • Illinois                               
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin