Northeast Region

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Northeast Regional Conference March 16, 2024 from 9am to 1pm.

Theme: New Frontiers in Mission

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 that 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? In other words, what are the many rapid changes taking place in the world today and how are they pushing the boundaries of missiology? 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 all of 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 Northeast Vice President Dr. Alan Totire at, by Friday, January 26, 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 Feb 4, 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.

Northeast Regional Conference March 16, 2024 from 9am to 1pm.

Regional Vice President

Rev. Alan Totire, PhD

University of Valley Forge

The Northeast Region covers the following states:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island

9:00       Welcome, Devotional, and Instructions          

9:10       The ‘Excluded-Middle’, God, and Epistemology in Africa

Jim Harries

9:40       Plenary:  The Impact of migration on the demographic shift of Christianity in the United States

              Dr. Stanley John

10:50-11:05       Stretch Break

11:05    Emergence of Advanced Technologies and Evangelism for the Alpha Generation

              Sung Hyuk Nam

11:35    Promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Boston Missionary Training School and Its Contribution to the Frontier Missions in East Asia

            Daniel Ahn

12:05    Motivating the next Generation to Missions

            Marcus Dean

12:35    Closing and business