North Central Region

EMS 2022 Theme - Reconciliation: God's Mission through Missions for All

Registration Now Open!

God's Mission Through Missions For All

Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 9:00 to 4:00 CST

An ALL VIRTUAL Conference!!

Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sam George

from the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization. Sam will be talking about our theme of Reconciliation, both from Lausanne’s perspective and from the perspective of diaspora peoples on the move. He will show how reconciliation can happen with diaspora peoples because of our God who is always on the move towards reconciliation with all of us.  

We will also have a complete slate of 35 other excellent papers, 
with many relating to the theme of reconciliation.

For the second year in a row, thanks to COVID, we will be meeting virtually via Zoom this coming March 19, 2022. SAVE THIS DATE!!
Please help spread the news about this virtual EMS regional conference! Encourage fellow faculty, and especially your students, to mark this date on their calendars and to attend via Zoom! One idea is to require your students to Zoom that day as a part of a course requirement. 

About the Theme

Globalism, along with massive migrations, interethnic and racial conflict, and rapid growth in secularism/atheism all contribute to polarization and heightened levels of conflict and the need for the Church to faithfully proclaim the gospel, make disciples, plant churches, work for justice, reconciliation and healing. How can a truly gospel centered missio ecclesia be reimagined that derives from the missio Dei calling all people back to the heart of God that is rooted in the call to be reconciled reconcilers?

How can a truly gospel centered missio ecclesia be reimagined that derives from the missio Dei (as from
the missio Spiritu and missio Christi) calling all people back to the heart of God that is rooted in the call to
be reconciled reconcilers? David Bosch’s Transforming Mission shaped the beginning of a new mission
paradigm – a missional church that is with the people, bears the creative tension of being in the world,
but not of the world, persevering in conflict, but not being people of conflict and paving the way to be
true reconciled reconcilers. But never did he mention “mission as reconciliation”. The Lausanne Cape
Town Commitment then brought forth: “Reconciliation to God is inseparable from reconciliation to one
another. Christ, who is our peace, made peace through the cross, and preached peace to the divided world
of Jew and Gentile.” 

The conference aims to address new ways of holistic mission for the future of the Church with the mission
as ministry of reconciliation at its heart. Challenged with many societal issues and conflicts of people, the
local churches seek to find answers and outreaches rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ that bring people
back into their initial calling to be in relationship with God. Doing
shalom and reconciliation work
according to 2 Cor 5 is not an add-on to missions but at the heart of God’s mission. God calls us to be
reconciled with himself; the Church is sent to accomplish this calling. Being reconciled with God, means
to live the love towards God, self, and neighbor in restored relationships including to steward creation
and leads to enabling the local church to be (become again) a light in the city. 

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