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EMS South Central Regional Meeting

Saturday - March 28, 2020

Dallas International University

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Call for Papers due Jan 15, 2020

"The Past and Future of Evangelical Mission"


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 principles
  •          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.

In addition to presentations on the theme of this year's conference, at the regional level we also welcome proposals on other themes and have a special interest in student presentations.

To propose a paper, send a topic title and 150-200 word abstract by Jan 15 to Dr. Robin Harris, your regional VP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, affiliation (school or organization) and contact information as you would want it to appear in the conference materials.


Selected papers presented at the regional meetings will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meeting in Dallas, October 9 - 11, 2020, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2021. These accepted papers going forward to the national event should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format.


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Past Events

2019 The 2019 regional conference for South Central EMS was held on March 2nd. There were 19 papers presented plus a plenary session by Dr. Werner Mischke on “An Honor-Bearing Gospel for Shame-Fueled Crises” and a closing panel on "In Contexts of Crisis, Does the Gospel of the Kingdom Better Address the Question of Identity?" Conference attendees numbered approximately 75 people, from 8 states and 25 organizations/schools. Thank you to our volunteers and campus hosts who helped us make this event possible. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)

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2018 The 2018 regional conference for South Central EMS was held on April 7,  our second "stand alone" conference for this region. The conference featured 17 papers plus a plenary session  by Dr. Raphael Anzenberger on “Engaging the Secular Mind: An Urgent Call to the American Church” and a closing panel on "The Impact of Honor -Shame Issues on Mission and Evangelism." Conference attendees numbered approximately 70 people,  from 4 states and 15 organizations/schools. Once again, strong participation from volunteers and the EMS Logistics Coordinator, Bill Harris, made the conference run smoothly. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)

2017 - The 2017 South Central EMS regional conference in Dallas took place on March 4 and was the first "stand alone" conference for this region of EMS. We were delighted at the outstanding level of participation! The conference featured 21 papers and 2 plenary sessions, plus vibrant multi-cultural worship and opportunities for networking. There were 85 registrants from 8 states, 7 schools, and 35 agencies, organizations, and/or churches.  I'm grateful for the support of Dr. Robert Priest, EMS president, who agreed to come as a plenary speaker, for the large number of volunteers that helped things run smoothly, and for the logistics coordination provided by EMS Logistics Coordinator Bill Harris. (Submitted by Robin Harris, PhD, South Central VP)

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2016 - The EMS South Central Regional meeting was held in conjunction with ETS and EPS Regional Meetings at Dallas Semianry on April 1-2.  Overall there were about 300 people in attendance for all three societies.  EMS members had about 70 people participate in our sessions where we had fourteen papers presented on the theme of "Missions and the Local Church."  Several papers were recommended to the national committee for the selection process for the annual EMS meeting in October and for possible selection for our national publications.  

2015 - The South Central Region held its regional annual meeting in conjunction with the ETS Regional Meeting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary April 10-11, 2015.   We had two EMS tracks at our regional meeting - one being the national theme of "Controversies in Missions;" the other was "General Important Topics in Missions."   We had about 55 members in attendance and nine excellent papers presented, with six chosen as possible for presentation at the national meeting in September.

2014 - The EMS South Central Region held its regional meeting together with the Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Region meeting at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX on March 7-8,.  Several papers were presented on the national theme for 2014 - Diaspora Missiology.  There were about 90 in attendance for this joint conference.

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