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Communication(s) and Mission

Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 9:00 to 4:00 CST
An ALL VIRTUAL Conference!!

We’ll have a great time together, with over 30 papers in four tracks. Jay Moon will be our plenary speaker—speaking to us on communication in light of his forthcoming book, Effective Intercultural Evangelism. We’ll also have a track on a new “white paper” produced by Vision 5:9 concerning a new way of defining a “people group” in light of diaspora realities, a crucial discussion which impacts on how we communicate about the unengaged peoples of our world.

Be a part of this exciting day together! The cost is just $20 to register, and only $10 for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as retirees. Register today!

About the Theme

Communication(s) is at the heartbeat of God’s interaction with humanity. God has communicated with us by revealing himself through his Word (the Bible), becoming flesh as the Word (Emmanuel) and empowering us through the Holy Spirit with gifts and means of communication(s), enabling us to participate in his mission to others.

Communication(s) connects with mission and all that it entails through a vast diversity of avenues. Artists, evangelists, monks, preachers, and missionaries express themselves through a multitude of devices and vehicles of communication. Anthropologists explore the process of communication within and across cultural and social boundaries. Bible translators explore how to make the Word available in heart languages.  Historians explore ways God’s people have integrated communication(s) with mission throughout the story line of the Church. Biblical scholars engage with God’s revelation, theologians with the impact of a communicating God and humankind made in God’s image. At the personal level Christians communicate God’s Good News polycentrically with others across the world, share the evangel with others in mentoring and discipling relationships.  All of these are viable ways in which communication and mission intertwine.

  • How language affects communication of the gospel message in one’s own, intercultural or multicultural societies
  • Contributions from theological disciplines (biblical studies, systematic theology, Christian history, homiletics, pastoral theology, missiology, pastoral counseling) that connect communication(s) with mission
  • Contemporary challenges of mission stemming from communication(s) practice, ideology or world view
  • Explorations of key global missiological thinkers and practitioners connecting communication(s) with mission; contextualization is a prime example.
  • Communication(s) vehicles and mission such as art, music, orality, media, preaching, storying, and social media
  • Global case studies examining communication(s) and mission, including stories of success and failure.
Proposals due by January 15th, 2021

To propose a paper, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to your North Central regional EMS Vice President, Larry W. Caldwell, at .

You will be notified about whether or not your proposal has been accepted by January 29, 2021. Please include your name, title, and contact information as you would want it to appear in the conference materials. Selected papers will be presented virtually on March 20, 2021. More details concerning to the specifics of the virtual presentations will be sent to paper presenters in February.

Strong papers from the Regions are forwarded to the national program committee for consideration for presentation at the National Conference meeting, with the strongest papers being published in our annual volume.  The National Conference will be held in Dallas from September 17-19, 2021. Plenary speakers include:

  • Theon Hill (Associate Professor of Communication, Wheaton College)
  • Joy Kim (Ethnodoxologist, Proskuneo Ministries)
  • Jared Alcántara (Associate Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University)

Leading worship:  Winfield Bevins (Director of Church Planting, Asbury Theological Seminary)

2021 Annual EMS National Conference meeting chairs and editors:

Dr. Sue Russell (Asbury Seminary)
Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann (Wheaton College)
Dr. Scott Moreau (Wheaton College)
Dr. Marcus Dean (Houghton College)

Regional Vice President

Larry W. Caldwell

The North Central Region covers the following states:

North Dakota
South Dakota