North Central Region

2024 Call for Papers

North Central Region
Evangelical Missiological Society

Theme: New Frontiers in Mission

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Deerfield, IL
Saturday, March 16, 2024

Missiology, by its very nature, is a dynamic discipline responsive to changes. Often such changes are mandated by the socio-cultural changes in the context of service/ministry; at other times it is in response to changes in the world at large. Sometimes such changes are so significant they push the boundaries of what has been standard mission practice. Such cutting-edge changes result in “new frontiers in missiology.”

What are the new frontiers confronting missiology in the second quarter of the 21st century? What are the many rapid changes taking place in the world today and how are they pushing the boundaries of missiology? Even with the growth of the Church, large numbers of unengaged-unreached people groups remain. Rapid advances in globalization, urbanization, technology, education, medicine and health care, and more, will all impact missiology in ways that are still unknown.

Key questions come to the forefront such as: What are the rapid advances that will most impact missiology and what should be our response as evangelical missiologists to these new frontiers? The vast diversity of answers is expressed by the differing perspectives within missions—from the academy, the church, and the practitioner. The 2024 national conference of EMS aims to address these new frontiers in missiology from these perspectives.

Given the multiple intersections of global change with mission, the Evangelical Missiological Society invites you to consider how your particular strengths and interests might stimulate deeper discussion, thoughtful consideration and innovative measures, surrounding the annual theme and to frame a proposal to present a paper.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The continuing unprecedented large scale movements of peoples across borders and/or towards urban centers and the challenges and opportunities.
  • The future of mission agencies in light of frontier people groups.
  • New understandings of what constitutes the “church” in light of future epidemics similar to Covid.
  • Leading 21st century churches in Great Commission labors.
  • The possibilities of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT for language learning, Bible translation, ministry in oral cultures, and educational institutions.
  • Case studies of new missionary training models.
  • The use of technology through extended reality that will create more immersive digital experiences with missiological implications for evangelism and church planting.
  • Frontiers and theology and/or hermeneutics.
  • The redefining of gender and family and the impacts on the church and mission.
  • Innovation and mission.
  • The decline of globalization, the rise of nationalism, and other major geo-political shifts that impact mission.
  • The growth of the Majority World Church and global partnerships.
  • The redefining of health through new approaches to medicine and well-being worldwide and their impact on missiology.
  • The future of disciple making movements as they age and mature.

Papers are solicited that address these and other related topics from missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional perspectives.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals for the North Central Region must be submitted to the NC Vice President, Larry W. Caldwell, by Friday, January 12, 2024 and should include the following:

  • Title of proposal showing connection to annual theme
  • 200-300 word abstract summarizing paper to be presented
  • Name, email, and institution/mission/group you represent

You will be notified about whether or not your proposal has been accepted by January 24, 2024.

Accepted proposals are to be developed into papers of 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. Some papers presented at the EMS regional meetings will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meeting to be held in Dallas in the Fall of 2024, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2025.


PLEASE NOTE: This event will be live only. There will be no simultaneous distance participation through Zoom.
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 as a part of a course requirement.

More details about the March 16, 2024 live Conference will be coming soon. Be watching via email and on the North Central Region's EMS page.
Regional Vice President

Larry W. Caldwell, Ph.D

Kairos University

The North Central Region covers the following states:

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