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EMS Canada 2020 


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Dear EMS Canada friend,

EMS Canada is happy to announce its significant regional meeting for a new decade! The theme for the EMS Canada 2020 Region Meeting is “The Past and Future of Evangelical Missions.” You will see below the Call for Papers, which is due on December 6, 2019. I encourage you to send your abstract to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Would you also save the date at your EMS Canada Centre?


March 6, 2020

Toronto Centre Tyndale University College and Seminary

3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto ON

March 6, 2020

Langley Centre Canada Institute of Linguistics 

7600 Glover Road, Langley BC

March 13, 2020

Steinbach Centre Steinbach Bible College 

50 MB-12, Steinbach MB

March 23, 2020

Calgary Centre Ambrose University 

150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary AB

Next month, I will give you more details about the plenary speakers and registration for the EMS Canada 2020 Regional Meeting.

Yours for fulfilling God’s mission in Canada,

Narry F. Santos

EMS Canada VP

Call For Papers

“The Past and Future of Evangelical Missions”

2020 Evangelical Missiological Society Call for Papers

DEADLINE: December 6, 2019

Every few years, missiologists innovate or adopt models to address the missionary task amid changing global realities. Some models have enjoyed a long “tail life” and endure for decades. Others are quickly abandoned. Unfortunately, we often move on to the next approach without adequately evaluating the usefulness of earlier theories, or the ramifications for those theories on future missionary work. How did those models actually advance the Great Commission in specific fields? How should those models be adjusted or abandoned as we make disciples across cultures into the future?

Missionary models to consider from the past may include (but not limited to): 

  • Historical models such as Bosch’s paradigms and Winter’s eras;
  • Evangelistic models including Church Planting Movements (CPMs), Disciple Making Movements (DMMs);
  • Demographic models like Unreached People Groups (UPGs) and the 10-40 window;
  • Indigenization models like the 3 selves and the pilgrim and indigenous principle; and
  • Contextualization models like the C1-C6 spectrum and critical contextualization.

Current models that address 21st century realities take into account the changing face of the missionary force and mission fields. There are more Christians in Africa than on any other continent; Latin America has a thriving Pentecostalism as well as a resurgent Catholicism; there are strong pockets of Christianity in Asia as well. The advent of World Christianity requires a rethinking of missions. Further, globalization, migration, and new technologies force us to re-examine how missions should be conducted. 

As missiologists and reflective practitioners anticipate the future of missions, we must examine past models as well as the new context. This year’s EMS theme encourages presenters to research and critique the permutations and implications of seminal models in missiology. It also encourages presenters to anticipate future directions in the missions enterprise, especially in light of the need to minister to the next generations and the impact of missions in the workplace, neighborhood, and other sectors of society.

To propose a paper, send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to your regional VP

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 in Dallas, October 16-18, 2020, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2021.

2020 EMS conference chairs:

Aminta Arrington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. John Brown University

Ken Nehrbass This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biola University

Narry Santos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tyndale Seminary


The purpose of the Canada region of the Evangelical Missiological Society is to provide a forum once a year for Canadian missiologists and practitioners to engage each other around relevant topics in missions. This is motivated by a felt need for “dialogue, fellowship, and cooperation among evangelicals devoted to researching, publishing and instructing in areas related to the mission of the Church”


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Thank you for joining us in an ongoing dialogue around missiological issues from a Canadian standpoint!

Canada Vice President

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Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary 

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