Committed to the Great Commission


Southeast Regional  EMS Conference

 "Communication(s) and Mission"

Saturday, March 20, 2021

PLENARY: Dr. Walt Wolfram (NC State University)



Communication(s) is at the heartbeat of God’s interaction with humanity. God has communicated with us by revealing himself through his Word (the Bible), becoming flesh as the Word (Emmanuel) and empowering us through the Holy Spirit with gifts and means of communication(s), enabling us to participate in his mission to others. 

Communication(s) connects with mission and all that it entails through a vast diversity of avenues. Artists, evangelists, monks, preachers, and missionaries express themselves through a multitude of devices and vehicles of communication. Anthropologists explore the process of communication within and across cultural and social boundaries. Bible translators explore how to make the Word available in heart languages. Historians explore ways God’s people have integrated communication(s) with mission throughout the story line of the Church. Biblical scholars engage with God’s revelation, theologians with the impact of a communicating God and humankind made in God’s image. At the personal level Christians communicate God’s Good News polycentrically with others across the world, share the evangel with others in mentoring and discipling relationships. All of these are viable ways in which communication and mission intertwine. 

Given the multidimensional integration of communication(s) with mission, the Evangelical Missiological Society invites you to consider how your particular strengths and interests might intersect with the annual theme and impact missiology, and to frame a proposal to present a paper. Possible topics include but are not limited to: 

       • How language affects communication of the gospel message in one’s own, intercultural or multicultural societies 

       • Contributions from theological disciplines (biblical studies, systematic theology, Christian history, homiletics, pastoral theology, missiology, pastoral 
         counseling) that connect communication(s) with mission 

       • Contemporary challenges of mission stemming from communication(s) practice, ideology or world view 

       • Explorations of key global missiological thinkers and practitioners connecting communication(s) with mission (contextualization as a prime example) 

       • Communication(s) vehicles and mission such as art, music, orality, media, preaching, storying, and social media 

       • Global case studies examining communication(s) and mission, including stories of success and failure

Please submit your proposal, including the title and a brief description, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 5, 2021.
Decisions for presentation will be given by February 12, 2021For those living in the USA or Canada, presenters are invited first to present at our regional conferences in Spring 2021. Please see the EMS website for dates of the other regional meetings and contact information.

annual EMS meeting is in Dallas, September 17-19, 2021. For consideration, please submit papers to me (after the SE regional meeting) by May 1, 2021. Accepted papers should be 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. Papers are sent from the regional VP to the EMS conference chairs. If your paper is selected you will be invited to present at the annual EMS meeting, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2022. 

2021 conference chairs and editors:

Dr. Sue Russell (Asbury Seminary)
Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann (Wheaton College)
Dr. Scott Moreau (Wheaton College)
Dr. Marcus Dean (Houghton College)



Southeast Vice President

Dr. Gregory Mathias
Associate Director, Center for Great Commission Studies
Assistant Professor of Global Studies
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 2021 Annual EMS Meeting: September 17-19, 2021

Plenary speakers include: 

       • Theon Hill (Associate Professor of Communication, Wheaton College) 

       • Joy Kim (Ethnodoxologist, Proskuneo Ministries) 

       • Jared Alcántara (Associate Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University) 

Leading worship: Winfield Bevins (Director of Church Planting, Asbury Theological Seminary) 


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