Dallas International University
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Call for Papers - Deadline Jan. 12
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 do global crises and resulting needs affect fundraising strategies?
- 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?
- Other new research related to the topic.
Papers are solicited that address these and other related topics from missiological, theological, historical, sociological, and/or regional perspectives.
2019 EMS national conference chairs: Kirsten Priest, Michelle Raven, Jerry M. Ireland
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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 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)
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.