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North Central Regional EMS Conference at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


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Saturday, March 16, 2019

With Pecha Kucha presentations by college students Friday night! 

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Jules Martínez

"Aftermath: Missional Theology and the Praxis of Faith in the Face of Disasters"

Robert Gallagher Dying to Preach: Mission to Muslims & How Franciscans Navigated a 13thCentury Global Crisis Samuel Odubena God's Ideal Presperity: A Missiological Reflection on 3 John 2 Regarding Personal Transformation and Flourishing in Evangelism
Christopher Robershaw Can Narrative Evangelism be a Method to Reach Resistant Groups? Maggie Finch Welcoming the Sojourner: How the Church Can Help Families and the U.S. Mexico Border
C. J. Moore One Pioneer's Persevering Prioritism: William Carey's Theology of Providence as a Necessary Response to Fruitless Labor Expereinced in the Earliest Years of His Ministry Martin Cho The Dalit Indian Crisis Existence as a Unique Perspective of Biblical Interpretation
Michael Bennett The Response and Role of Mental Health Professionals as Gospel-Sharers and Mission-Minded Healers in the Context of Global Refugee and Immigration Crises Ban Seok Cho Missional Holiness in the Context of Work and Economics from a Biblical Perspective
Shawn P. Behan Re-Missioning the West in an Age of Christian Unpopularity Matthias Gergan The Evangelical Church in a Polarized Political Discourse: Perspectives from M.M. Thomas
Hannah Nation Grace, Suffering, and the City in the Theology of a Chinese House Church Movement Jerry Ireland From 'Ubuntu' to Koinonia: The Spirit-formed Community and African Indigenous Compassion
Kimberly Morrison A Macarism for the Displaced Person Larry Caldwell Embracing an Ethnohermeneutics of Suffering
Tabor Laughlin Persecution of Christians in China A. Sue Russell Missional Living in Global Crisis: Lessons from 2 Tim 2:1-15
Nan Muhovich Mission to Children Amid Global Crisis Ed Brown Environmental Missions: Reconnecting Creation Care and the Gospel
Ken Young A Theology for Social Justice Matthew Henning What a Muslim Might Teach a Christian About Crisis: Lessons from Imam al-Ghazali
Mark Hausfeld Mission is not Where, but Whom:  A Call to Overcome Fear, Anger and Indifference Towards the Peoples the Holy Spirit is Bringing to Our Communities Jenny Collins A Theological Case for Bringing Together Evangelism Champions and Justice Advocates: We are Better Together amid Global Crises
Douglas R. Groll Where Gutiérrez Got it Right: Reflecting on Liberation Theology in the Light of America's Immigration Crisis Stan Nussbaum Identity Building as Crisis Preparation: A Missiology for our Unpredictable Era
Juliany Gonzalez Nieves Doing Mission in the Killing Fields: Femicide in Latin America and "Misión Integral" Malik Ibrahim Serving Gulen: Assisting Asylees in North America and Reaching the Movement
Alice T. Ott The 'Faithful Deacon' and the 'Good Layman': the First Converts of the UMCA and Their Responses to Mission Christianity Tom Seckler Experiencing the Gospel Message as Personally Meaningful: Muslim Conversion to Christianity in Cambodia
Carl Greene Response through Koinonia: From Contribution to Commitment William Payne Reading the Bible in Light of the Immigration Debate
Yamil Acevedo The Immigrant—ger—in the OT and the Formation of the People’s of God Identity  Robert Priest

The Crisis of Child-Witch Accusations in Kinshasa, DRC.

Pastoral and Theological Engagements with the Crisis of Child-Witch Accusations in Kinshasa

Simone Twibell Impact of "Reverse Short-Term Missions" within a Partnership Model from the Perspective of the American Hosts Susan Greener More Than Victims: Children and Youth as Vulnerable Co-laborers on Mission in Crises
Tony    (ChihChao) Chung The Culture of Global Terrorism: Analysis with Juergensmeyer using Worldview and Anthropology

 More speakers added soon!  It will be a great conference!


2019 Evangelical Missiological Society Theme - “Mission Amid Global Crises

Today perhaps more than ever before, global missionaries encounter numerous forms of crises and human suffering in the normal course of their work. Whether it’s poverty in Africa, a Tsunami in southeast Asia, human trafficking in India, or refugees in Europe and America, the likelihood that missionary efforts will intersect with some form of global crisis appears to be on the rise. What does this mean for mission theology and practice in the 21st century? How will these events shape the future of the church engaged in the missio Dei? These issues raise important missiological questions for the church, including:

  •        How do these realities impact the ongoing debate between holistic missions advocates and those who emphasize proclamation?
  •     What are the implications for indigeneity when it comes to responding to global crises? How can disaster relief efforts build on the knowledge and cultural insight of local churches and local believers? How can local believers be an integral part of disaster response?
  •     What contextual theologies are coming from the global south that inform modern mission praxis as it relates to human suffering?
  •     What do global crises mean for North American and European churches, especially in light of materialism and individualism that often characterize Western churches?
  •     How does the concept of missio Dei relate to responding to human need?
  •     What are churches among the poor doing to respond to crises in their own communities?
  •     How do global crises especially affect women and children? How can the church on mission serve the needs of women and children in crises?



 Conference Schedule

8:00 am Conference Registration (light breakfast) 1:50 pm Block 5  (6 sessions to choose from)
8:30 am Opening and Plenary  2:30 pm Block 6  (6 sessions to choose from)
10:00 am Block 1  (6 sessions to choose from) 3:05 pm Break
10:40 am Block 2  (6 sessions to choose from) 3:25 pm Block 7  (5 sessions to choose from)
11:20 am Block 3  (5 sessions to choose from) 4:05 pm Block 8  (5 sessions to choose from)
12:00 pm Lunch 4:40 pm Closing Remarks
1:10 pm Block 4  (6 sessions to choose from)


Papers will address these and other related topics from missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional perspectives.

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, September 13-15, 2019, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2020.

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North Central Vice President

Esther Theonugraha
Leadership Program Coordinator
Trinity International University
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