North Central Region

EMS 2023 Conference Logo - Educating for Contemporary Mission

Registration now open!!

for Contemporary Mission

Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 8:00am to 4:00pm 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" 

Special Plenary Session: Competency-Based Missiological Education

Competency-Based Theological Education (CBTE) is gaining increased popularity among theological institutions, accrediting associations, and mission organizations worldwide. This plenary will look at CBTE as a whole and its advantages especially for missiological education. Practical examples of schools and mission organizations using Competency-Based Missiological Education (CBME) will also be given.

We will also have a complete slate of 20 other excellent papers, 
with many relating to the theme of educating for contemporary mission.

If you wish to stay overnight at the La Quinta Inn, located right across the street from the Trinity/TEDS campus, call this number to make a reservation; ask for the "Trinity University Rate" discount: 

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