Committed to the Great Commission

I would like to invite you to the upcoming Evangelical Missiological Society's Rocky Mountains meeting on March 13th. This is a time for all in the Rocky Mountains region to be able to come together for fellowship, to learn and interact on a variety of issues in missions today. Our time together will be on the campus of the Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. We have a wide number of papers that will be presented and that you will be able to interact with during the day. A representation of the papers to be presented are:

  • - Thus Saith the Lord? Biblical Restraint against Dogmatism in Immigration Debates
  • - Are We Approaching a Permanent Bend (or maybe even ‘End’) in the Global Missionary Enterprise?”
  • - Mission in Transition: Engaging Migratory Peoples in the Spaces Between Origin and Destination.
  • - Will Evangelicals Regain the Vision of Their Past?
  • - Dawson Trotman, the Navigators, and the Discipleship Movement
  • - The Past and Future of Evangelical Missions
  • - Indian Christian Theology

A full listing of the papers to be presented will come next week. Registration will be $15 per person with the option of an all you can eat lunch at CCU for $10.
To register online click HERE. It will be possible to register the day of the meeting as well. I look forward to your being with us on March 13th.
Martin Shaw, D.Miss.
VP EMS Rocky Mountains Region  Evangelical Missiological Society


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 Rocky Mountains Regional EMS Meeting: Friday, March 13, 2020

Meeting location: Colorado Christian University

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 selves 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 a 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 is 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.

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


For further information, please contact   Rocky Mountain Regional Vice President:  Marty Shaw 720.421.1122






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