International Bulletin of Missionary Research

International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a professional journal covering Christian mission and cross-cultural ministries. It examines contemporary issues and developments in the Christian world mission, employing interdenominational, interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Founded in 1977, it is a quarterly publication published by Overseas Ministries Studies Center.The editor is Jonathan Bonk.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 3, July

A Monumental Breakthrough in the Missiology of Vatican II and Its Reception by Ongoing Leadership in the Church
This study examines a missiological tension in the current aching of the Catholic Church, a tension occasioned by the following passage of Ad Gentes, the Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in...
Book Notes
Chojnacki, Ruth J. Indigenous Apostles: Maya Catholic Catechists Working the Word in Highland Chiapas. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. Pp. 205. Paperback 40 [euro]/$56. Daughrity, Dyron B. The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History...
Catholics, Carey's "Means," and Twenty-First-Century Mission
It is common to observe that geography is no longer an ,important aspect of world mission, yet a remark made by Marshall McLuhan (1911-80)--"We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future" (1)-describes nothing...
From the Editors of the World Religion Database
Each of the three reviews of the World Religion Database (WRD) in the January 2010 issue of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH pointed to a number of strengths and weaknesses in the online database. The advantage of an electronic publication...
Fuller's School of Intercultural Studies Takes a New Approach to Doctor of Missiology
In 2006 Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, California, introduced a new approach to study for the doctor of missiology degree. Incoming students form nonresidential cohorts built on a significant commonality, and...
IBMR E-Journal a Helpful Resource for Print Subscribers
In January 2010 editor Jonathan Bonk announced that the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH turned "a conceptual corner" when it was transformed into "an online journal--freely accessible to all--with a published print option available for...
My Pilgrimage in Mission
Historically, pilgrimages were communal undertakings, and their value--from long before Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to long after--owed as much to one's faith and one's company as to the shrine at destination's end. Pilgrims would certainly know where...
Not Yet There: Seminaries and the Challenge of Partnership
Partnership has been an oft-used term in missiological circles for many years, rooted especially in the transition from mission to church. (1) As Hong-Jung Lee has described this evolution, we have moved historically from "pioneer" to "parent" to "partner."...
The State of Mission Studies in India: An Overview and Assessment of Publications and Publishing
From the first millennium of the Christian era in India, only mere fragments of Christian literature have survived, held at places such as the Orthodox Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala. Cyril Bruce Firth lists the few items that are available, mentioning...
The Theology of Partnership
"Partnership is an idea whose time has not yet fully come." (1) So wrote Max Warren in his little book on partnership in 1954. Max Warren was general secretary of the Church Mission Society from 1942 to 1963. He went on to say that an understanding...
What about Partnership?
Partnership. This deceptively simple term masks a complex reality. It commonly refers to some kind of formal or informal contractual arrangement between two or more persons or organizations carrying on a joint venture with a view to benefit of some...
Who Cares about Mission History? or, the Elder Who Refused to Let the Word "Heathen" Pass His Lips
I was part of a morning prayer session of former missionaries. The leader for the occasion had recently returned from abroad to parish work "at home." He began with a story about one of his church elders who, a few weeks before, had refused to read...
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