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EMS Canada 2021 Regional Meeting  

"Communication(s) and Mission" EMS 2021 Theme


EMS Canada 2021 Regional Meeting


March 12, 2021 (Langley, BC and Steinbach, MB)

April 16, 2021 (Toronto, ON; Calgary Alberta; Sussex, NB)

Deadline of Paper Abstract: February 12, 2021


Communication(s) is at the heartbeat of God’s interaction with humanity. God has communicated with us by revealing himself through his Word (the Bible), becoming flesh as the Word (Emmanuel) and empowering us through the Holy Spirit with gifts and means of communication(s), enabling us to participate in his mission to others. 

Communication(s) connects with mission and all that it entails through a vast diversity of avenues. Artists, evangelists, monks, preachers, and missionaries express themselves through a multitude of devices and vehicles of communication. Anthropologists explore the process of communication within and across cultural and social boundaries. Bible translators explore how to make the Word available in heart languages. Historians explore ways God’s people have integrated communication(s) with mission throughout the story line of the Church. Biblical scholars engage with God’s revelation, theologians with the impact of a communicating God and humankind made in God’s image. At the personal level Christians communicate God’s Good News polycentrically with others across the world, share the evangel with others in mentoring and discipling relationships. All of these are viable ways in which communication and mission intertwine. 

Given the multidimensional integration of communication(s) with mission, the Evangelical Missiological Society invites you to consider how your particular strengths and interests might intersect with the annual theme and impact missiology, and to frame a proposal to present a paper. Possible topics include but are not limited to: 

• How language affects communication of the gospel message in one’s own, intercultural or multicultural societies 

• Contributions from theological disciplines (biblical studies, systematic theology, Christian history, homiletics, pastoral theology, missiology, pastoral counseling) that connect communication(s) with mission 

• Contemporary challenges of mission stemming from communication(s) practice, ideology or world view 

• Explorations of key global missiological thinkers and practitioners connecting communication(s) with mission; contextualization is a prime example. 

• Communication(s) vehicles and mission such as art, music, orality, media, preaching, storying, and social media 

• Global case studies examining communication(s) and mission, including stories of success and failure. 


To propose a paper, send a topic title and a 200-300 word abstract to the EMS Canada VP (Narry Santos) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline of Paper Abstract: February 12, 2021


 Final accepted papers are to be 4500-7000 words and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. In Canada, presenters are invited first to present in our regional conferences Spring 2021.

We’re looking to the submission of your paper abstract by Feb. 12. Blessings!

Yours in God’s mission for Canada,

Narry F. Santos

EMS Canada VP

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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

NarrySantos Portrait

Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary