Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research


Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research


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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has established the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at its South Hamilton, Massachusetts, campus. Todd M. Johnson, coauthor of World Christian Encyclopedia (2d ed., 2001), is the center director. David B. Barrett, editor of the encyclopedia's first edition (1982) and with Johnson and George T. Kurian author of the second edition, joins the center as senior researcher. One of the center's priorities is continued development of the databases of the World Christian Encyclopedia. The center also plans a series of books, journals, and encyclopedias on global Christianity. Barrett and Johnson publish their "Annual Statistical Table on Global Mission" in the IBMR each January.

Stephen A. Hayner has been named the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. His teaching and research will focus on the theology and practice of mission as it relates to the proclamation of Gospel and the nurture of faith communities. Hayner served as president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA for thirteen years.

Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, appointed Daniel Jeyaraj as the Judson-DeFrietas Associate Professor of World Christianity, effective July 1, 2003. He is editor of Dharma Deepika, a South Asian mission research journal.

Died. A. Jack Dain, 90, mission leader and Anglican bishop, on March 3, 2003. Dain worked as a missionary in India, served in London as the overseas secretary for the Evangelical Alliance, and acted as the federal secretary for the Church Missionary Society of Australia in Sydney, 1959-65. In 1965 he became assistant bishop for the Diocese of Sydney of the Church of England in Australia. He was cochairman of the Asia--South Pacific Congress on Evangelism held in 1968 in Singapore and was honorary executive chairman of the International Congress on World Evangelization held in 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Died. Ludvig Munthe, 82, professor of missiology and science of religion (1977-88) at the Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology, Oslo, and at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway (1966-77), on July 13, 2002. Known for systematizing Nordic missionary and Malagasy church and mission archives, Munthe was a member of the Nordic Institute of Missionary and Ecumenical Research and served as editor of the journal Norsk Tidsskrift for Misjon.

Died. Alan Preston Neely, 74, Baptist missiologist, scholar, and ecumenical statesman, May 14, 2003, in Raleigh, North Carolina. After serving as a Southern Baptist missionary in Cali, Colombia, 1963-76, Neely was professor of missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, 1976-88. In 1988 he was appointed the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught until his retirement in 1996. Widely recognized for his effectiveness in using case studies in his teaching, Neely brought together many of them in his book Christian Mission: A Case Study Approach (Orbis, 1995).


The Department of Ecumenical Relations, University of Oradea, Romania, established the Institute of Religious Diplomacy to improve its mission and ecumenism work and to study the relationship between Romanian church and society. …

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