Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973-2013

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973-2013

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History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973-2013.

By Wilbert R. Shenk. Elkhart, Ind.: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2014. Pp. ix, 97. Paperback $7.50.

Wilbert Shenk is senior professor of mission history and contemporary culture in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He has been engaged in the practice and teaching of mission and its history for the past sixty years; as a founding member of the American Society of Missiology (ASM), he is well positioned to write its forty-year history.

During the four decades of ASM's existence, mission studies and missiology have undergone several significant shifts. Not the least of these shifts is the move of mission studies from a nadir in the mid-twentieth century to its resurgence by the end of the century, including the establishment of mission studies degree programs in North America. Shenk argues that ASM's founding vision contributed to this resurgence: not limiting membership to graduate schools accredited by the American Association of Theological Schools, cultivating an ecumenical (Catholic, mainline Protestant, and evangelical) membership and board, and fostering interdisciplinary scholarship on missions. …

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