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2018 CONFERENCE THEME

Mission and Evangelism in a Secularizing World

Call for Papers

Secularization has typically been described as that process by which a society attempts to separate and marginalize religious values and institutions from the broader culture and public sphere. Secularization has been largely discussed in the context of the Enlightenment and modernization in Europe and countries of predominantly European descent populations. However, similar processes and influences are increasingly evident in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Numerous theoretical and practical questions arise from this phenomenon:

•    Can the “religious” be really separated from the “secular” either conceptually or practically? What are the implications of the answer to this question for evangelism, discipleship, ecclesiology, and social action?
•    Have missionaries inadvertently been agents of secularization, as is sometimes claimed? If so, how should this be addressed today?
•    How do the processes and impact of secularization differ in various cultural and regional contexts, e.g. in Western democracies, in totalitarian societies, in industrializing and modernizing societies?
•    How might evangelism and mission methods be contextualized to respond to the influences of secularization?
•    In what ways are various forms of religious fundamentalism a reaction to the forces of secularization, and what are the implications of these responses for mission praxis?
•    How have indigenous expressions of Christianity been influenced by or responded to secularization?
•    How is secularism making evangelism, discipleship, and church planting more complex, and what are some of the creative paths forward to respond meaningfully to these complexities?

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 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.. The deadline for submission of the abstract is on January 31, 2018. The schedule of the regional meeting for EMS Canada is on April 6 (Friday).

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 12-14, 2018, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2019.

2018 EMS conference chairs:
Craig Ott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Jay Moon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Asbury Theological 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

Narry Santos

Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary

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