Rocky Mountains Region


New Frontiers in Missiology

Saturday, March 2, 2024
WorldVenture (and online)
20 Inverness Pl E
Englewood, CO 80112

The meeting will be held Saturday, March 2 at WorldVenture. In addition to meeting in person, the event will be live-streamed using Zoom. The doors for the meeting will open at 9:00 AM. We will begin with the introductions and presentations of papers at 9:30 AM Colorado time. The Zoom link will be provided shortly before we begin.

Cost: $20 for regular atendee, $15 for students. Includes lunch and snacks if registered before Feb. 28.

Regional Vice President

Scott Klingsmith, Ph.D.


The Rocky Mountains Region covers the following states:



Call for Papers

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 moving of peoples crossing borders and/or towards urban centers and the challenges and opportunities.

  • New understandings of what constitutes the “church” in light of future epidemics similar to Covid.

  • The possibilities of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT for language learning, Bible translation, ministry in oral cultures, and educational institutions.

  • The use of technology through extended reality that will create more immersive digital experiences with missiological implications for evangelism and church planting.

  • The redefining of health through new approaches to medicine and well-being worldwide and their impact on missiology.

  • The redefining of gender and family and the impacts on the church and mission.

  • The decline of globalization, the rise of nationalism, and other major geo-political shifts that impact mission.

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

To propose a paper, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to your Rocky Mountains regional EMS Vice President, Scott Klingsmith at by January 6, 2024.  Please include your name, title, and contact information, including your email address, as you would want it to appear in the conference materials. You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by January 20, 2023. 

Accepted proposals are to be developed into papers of 4500-7000 words in length using 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.