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On October 9, 2003, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, unveiled the World Christian Database, an online resource that serves faculty, students, religion scholars, church leaders, missiologists, and journalists seeking information and analysis on the global Christian movement. This initiative presents the core data supporting the World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends. The WCD, according to center director Todd M. Johnson, includes detailed information on 34,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. In addition, extensive data is available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethnolinguistic people groups, as well as data on 7,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. Statistics in the WCD provide a significant update of the data published in WCE/WCTin 2001. For more information, visit

The premier issue in October 2003 of Global Missiology, an online-only journal that promises "exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and scholars who have an international scope and global concerns," featured an unpublished lecture, "Missions According to Scripture," by Dutch theologian and politician Abraham Kuyper. The editor is Enoch Wan, chair of the Division of Intercultural Studies and director of the doctor of missiology program at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit

The Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar will hold an international colloquium April 5-8, 2004, with "Rescuing the Memory of Our Churches" as its theme. Participants will discuss the role of church archives, organize their conservation and use, and exchange their archiving experiences. For more information, visit english.htm.

The American Society of Missiology will hold its annual meeting June 18-20, 2004, in Techny, Illinois, with "Collaboration: The Missing Link in the World Christian Mission" as the theme. The annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission will be held at the same location prior to the ASM gathering. William O'Brien is the ASM president. For details, visit

Thomas Wang, Luis Bush, and Patrick Johnstone are among the speakers scheduled for the Korean World Mission Conference (KWMC 2004) to be held at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, July 26-30, 2004. …


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