Missiologists regularly innovate or adapt models to address the missionary task amidst changing global realities. Some models 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 self 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 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 and missionary practice. 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.
Selected papers will be presented at the Southeast Regional Meeting at Columbia International University on March 21, 2020.
For consideration at the annual EMS meeting in Dallas, October 16-18, 2020, papers will need to be submitted within two weeks of the conclusion of the regional meeting. 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 2021.
2020 EMS conference chairs: