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The North Central Regional EMS Conference has been canceled.


Saturday, March 21, 2020


We find ourselves in quite an interesting contextual moment. It is hard to predict what the Covid-19 situation will be like on March 21st. Many of the other regional EMS conferences are smaller gatherings- some have decided to meet, others have canceled, and still others are waiting to decide. Several institutions of higher education in our EMS region have made the decision to cancel classes and events and go online. This includes Wheaton and Cedarville. Trinity has announced that they will make their determination "regarding our plans for completing the semester" on March 17th. Furthermore, since yesterday, a number of individual speakers and attendees have canceled. In light of this information, and out of an abundance of caution, I have decided to cancel the North Central regional conference. 
This will be a disappointment for many, including myself. I am mindful, and grateful for the hard work of many volunteers and scholars who have desired to contribute to our important theme, "The Past and Future of Evangelical Mission." The Covid-19 virus has instead focused our attention on the present. Lord willing, this theme can be considered unimpeded at the national conference, October 9-11 in Dallas. 
In the coming days, your conference registration fees will be fully refunded. This includes all money designated for the renewal of your EMS membership. Alternatively, I encourage you to renew your membership on the EMS website. Your membership will allow you to access EMS resources including the occasional bulletins and audio recordings of prior national conferences. 
Presenters, I will reach out in the coming weeks regarding how to submit your work for national conference consideration. Perhaps in light of this situation, additional spots may be made available for representatives from our region.  
Thank you for your understanding,


2020 Evangelical Missiological Society Theme - "The Past and Future of Evangelical Missions"


Every few years, missiologists innovate or adopt models to address the missionary task amidst 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:

  •          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 self and the pilgrim and indigenous principle
  •          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, and 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 reexamine how missions should be conducted.  

As missiologists 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.  Please include your name, title, and contact information as you would want it to appear in the conference materials.

Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-datecitation 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 Compendiumfor 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 


North Central Vice President

Esther Theonugraha
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