2022 SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Reconciliation: God's Mission through Missions for All
Online access is also available if you can't attend in person.
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Reconciliation: God's Mission through Missions for All
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 work for justice, reconciliation and healing. The world as it is has faced us with COVID, K-shaped recovery dropouts, people confronting injustice, recognizing marginalized BIPOC … – but what and who defines our mission? The conflicts and troubles of this world?
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.
Areas for consideration might be:
● Biblical/Theological Foundations of Reconciliation
●Reconciliation in church planting, theological education or missionary training
● Stories or examples of Reconciliation as Mission
Papers are solicited that address these and other related topics from
missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional
To propose a paper, send a topic title and
200-300 word abstract to Michael Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org
by December 10th. Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in
length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format.
Selected papers presented at the regional meetings will be invited to be
presented at the annual EMS meeting on October 7, 8, and 9th of
2022, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2023.
The South Central Region covers the following states:
The topic of this year’s conference was “Communication(s) and Mission.”
This year’s regional turned into a Zoom conference, due to COVID-10 restrictions. By God’s grace, it ended up being our largest regional yet! We had 110 registrants from 7 states in the US and one person Zoomed in from Poland. These attendees represented over 40 organizations. The two plenaries were co-presented by Dr. William (Bill) Taylor and Dr. Michael A. Ortiz. In addition, the conference schedule featured 25 papers presented in 5 concurrent sessions, averaging 60+ people in attendance. Break times and lunch featured topic-focused discussion and prayer in each of the five Zoom rooms. We offered Zoom training for attendees, presenters, and the ten Zoom room monitors who facilitated the meeting. Those Zoom training documents are available at this Google folder. Only a few of the 28 presenters had connection difficulties, and they were still able to present their material, just with limited PPT capability. We experienced a great deal of joy as we saw the blessing of God on this conference.
The 2019 regional conference for South Central EMS was held on March 2nd. There were 19 papers presented plus a plenary session by Dr. Werner Mischke on “An Honor-Bearing Gospel for Shame-Fueled Crises” and a closing panel on “In Contexts of Crisis, Does the Gospel of the Kingdom Better Address the Question of Identity?” Conference attendees numbered approximately 75 people, from 8 states and 25 organizations/schools. Thank you to our volunteers and campus hosts who helped us make this event possible. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)
The 2018 regional conference for South Central EMS was held on April 7, our second “stand alone” conference for this region. The conference featured 17 papers plus a plenary session by Dr. Raphael Anzenberger on “Engaging the Secular Mind: An Urgent Call to the American Church” and a closing panel on “The Impact of Honor -Shame Issues on Mission and Evangelism.” Conference attendees numbered approximately 70 people, from 4 states and 15 organizations/schools. Once again, strong participation from volunteers and the EMS Logistics Coordinator, Bill Harris, made the conference run smoothly. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)
The 2017 South Central EMS regional conference in Dallas took place on March 4 and was the first “stand alone” conference for this region of EMS. We were delighted at the outstanding level of participation! The conference featured 21 papers and 2 plenary sessions, plus vibrant multi-cultural worship and opportunities for networking. There were 85 registrants from 8 states, 7 schools, and 35 agencies, organizations, and/or churches. I’m grateful for the support of Dr. Robert Priest, EMS president, who agreed to come as a plenary speaker, for the large number of volunteers that helped things run smoothly, and for the logistics coordination provided by EMS Logistics Coordinator Bill Harris. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)
The EMS South Central Regional meeting was held in conjunction with ETS and EPS Regional Meetings at Dallas Semianry on April 1-2. Overall there were about 300 people in attendance for all three societies. EMS members had about 70 people participate in our sessions where we had fourteen papers presented on the theme of “Missions and the Local Church.” Several papers were recommended to the national committee for the selection process for the annual EMS meeting in October and for possible selection for our national publications.
The South Central Region held its regional annual meeting in conjunction with the ETS Regional Meeting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary April 10-11, 2015. We had two EMS tracks at our regional meeting – one being the national theme of “Controversies in Missions;” the other was “General Important Topics in Missions.” We had about 55 members in attendance and nine excellent papers presented, with six chosen as possible for presentation at the national meeting in September.
The EMS South Central Region held its regional meeting together with the Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Region meeting at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX on March 7-8,. Several papers were presented on the national theme for 2014 – Diaspora Missiology. There were about 90 in attendance for this joint conference.