International Review of Mission

This publication focuses on ecumenical missiology, while providing articles and academic papers on mission events, book reviews and detailed bibliography of current literature.

Articles from Vol. 100, No. 1, April

Communitas: Liturgy and Identity
Abstract As many churches express concern about dwindling resources and even survival, they are simultaneously being confronted by the presence and needs of immigrants. Though often confessionally identified with the receiving congregations, immigrants...
Ecumenical Network FOR Multicultural Ministries ENFORMM International
The Biblical Mandate "When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place ... (Acts 2:1), ... no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female ... (Galatians 3:28), a house of prayer for all peoples (Isaiah...
Emerging Migrant Churches in the Netherlands: Missiological Challenges and Mission Frontiers
Abstract Emerging migrant churches in the Netherlands are a visible sign of a changed society. These changes demand rethinking of missiological challenges and "mission frontiers". In this process sentiments of the Dutch population towards immigrants...
"House of Prayer for All People": A Biblical Foundation for Multicultural Ministry
Abstract Debates over immigration and diversity around the world have highlighted the divide between those cautious of and fearful about diversity, and those who welcome it. Profiling these attitudes, the author offers a developmental analogy and...
Korean Christian Zionism: A Sociological Study of Mission
Abstract From the perspective of the sociology of missions, this study explores the Korean Christian Zionists' mission work after 9/11. The current Pentecostal success in South Korea has spurred the nation to send more missionaries abroad than any...
Mission in the Context of Empire: CWM Theology Statement 2010
Preamble A group of fifteen theologians from CWM member churches and ecumenical partners met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1-5 February 2010 to constitute a theology working group. The task of the group was to reflect on CWM's journey to date...
Multicultural Ministry
Migration is a global reality and one that has made great demands upon the churches, not only in "receiving" but also in "sending" countries. The church in the global North faces an increasing challenge of how to welcome and be hospitable to migrants...
Multicultural Ministry: A Call to Act Justly!
Abstract The roots of modern thinking about freedom, justice, and human rights are also those of racism and racial superiority and inferiority. Yet the Christian vision, even in New Testament times, was of a multicultural, multi-ethnic, inclusive community...
New Church Rising
Abstract I had the privilege of participating as a Campbell Scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta with a group of theologians from Kenya, Egypt, Argentina, Jamaica and the US. The theme for our eight weeks together was 'The Mission of...
Report of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Consultation on Mission and Ecclesiology of the Migrant Churches
Netherlands Mission Council Guesthouse Utrecht, the Netherlands 16-21 November 2010 Introduction Migration is a global phenomenon. Today, around 250 million people globally are labelled migrants. A recent BBC report stated that at the start of...
"Seeking the Absentee": A European Perspective on Evangelism in the Wake of a Feral God
Abstract Europe's religious "demise" is well reported and often lamented in missionary circles. This article aims to offer a contrary perspective using the common approach of evangelism: "double listening". The task is to listen to our culture and...
Suggested Readings for Multicultural Ministries
Beginning the process Living the Vision: Becoming a Multicultural Church Sara Parker and Raafat Girgis, PC(USA) Evangelism and Church Growth, Multiculmral Ministries. This booklet explores the biblical and theological foundations of diversity,...
Voices and Visions from the Margins on Mission and Unity: A Disability-Informed Reading of the Pauline Metaphor of the Church as the Body of Christ
Abstract Disability studies from a missional perspective in the Indian context are rare. Mission and unity cannot be "talked" about without the active inclusion of those in the margins; rather, they are the subject of mission and unity of the church...
"We Are Not Alone": Historical Journey of the United Church of Canada's Response to Become an Intercultural Church
Abstract The 39th General Council of the United Church of Canada (2006) declared that the "church must be intercultural." The Ethnic Ministries Unit of the General Council proposed a vision for the church "where there is mutually respectful diversity...
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