We had a great Southeast Regional meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society this past weekend at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. If you're not a member of EMS, consider joining HERE.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Roland Allen’s missionary classic, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? our theme was “Missionary Methods." We had two great plenary talks: J.D. Payne (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) gave a historical reflection on "The Legacy of Roland Allen," while Tom Steffen (Biola University) gave a stimulating lecture on his new book "The Facilitator Era."
The video of Payne's lecture is available HERE; Steffen's is available HERE.
In addition, we had 26 papers given by mission professors, graduate students, and field practitioners. I was very excited that half of our presenters were reading a paper at a professional conference for the first time. Below is a list of the papers read and in many cases a full text copy of the paper. Some of these will be read at the EMS annual meeting in Chicago, September 20-22.
Roger Dixon (Pioneers), “The Javanese Muslim Church Experience: An Example of Contextualization"
Doug Coleman (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary/IMB), "Examining Insider Movements: Selected Biblical and Theological Issues" (note: a summary of A Theological Analysis of the Insider Movement Paradigm).
Carlos Martin (Southern Adventist University), "A Biblical Critique to C5 Strategies among Muslims"
Ed Smither (Liberty University), "Missional Hospitality: Reflections from Brazilians Ministering among Arabs"
Christopher Alley (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), "A Case for the Dialogical Model in North American Evangelical Contextualization"
Robert Reese (Mid-Atlantic Christian University), “Roland Allen and the Moratorium on Missionaries”
Cory Wilson (Reformed Theological Seminary), "A Comparison and Contrast of the Missiology of Roland Allen and Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf"
David Baca (Asbury Theological Seminary), “A Contrast and Comparison of the Ecclesiology and Pneumatology of Roland Allen and Melvin L. Hodges Noting Key Missiological Implications and Significance for the Church Today”
Jerry Ireland (Assemblies of God/Liberty University), "Missionary Methods for Addressing Animism in Zambia from 1900 to the Present: A Case Study on the Importance of a Biblical and Relevant Pneumatology in an Animistic Context"
Richard E. Trull, Jr. (Faulkner University/ Black College of Biblical Studies) "Discerning Worldviews: Distinguishing Core Perceptions in Conceptualizing Worldview Distances"
Josh Laxton (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), “The Church in the Third Place”
Justin White (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), "The Importance of Christian Community in International Church Planting: A Trinitarian Methodology"
Steven Carne (Drakes Branch Baptist Church) "Koinonia for the Nations: A Biblical Model of Church-Missionary Partnership"
George Robinson (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), "The Gospel as Story and Evangelism as Storytelling" (note: published as a chapter in Theology and Practice of Mission).
Tiffany Lillard (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), "An Indigenous Literate Leadership For An Oral Learning Community"
Gordon Olson (Liberty University), "The Relevance of New Testament Contextualization to Missions Contextualization"
Justin Carter (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) "Irenaeus of Lyons: Ante-Nicene Missionary"
Eric Vess (Advancing Native Missions) “Facilitating Indigenous Ministries: Promoting unhealthy dependency or practicing biblical advocacy?”
Patrick Hubbard (Liberty University/Living Bread Ministries), “Church Planting in a Brazilian Slum: A Case Study of Living Bread Ministry in Capao da Canoa.”
Elizabeth G. Driscoll Chavez (Palm Beach Atlantic University), "Servant Leadership in Bolivia: A Phenomenological Study of Long-Term Effects of a Servant Leader in Missions"
Michelle Raven (Liberty University), "Back to Mission: A Possibility Center Approach for Revitalizing African American Church Sending"
Chris Dowd (Bedrock Community Church), "Lessons in Team Church Planting in North America: The Case of Bedrock Community Church"
Mike Barnett (Columbia International University) “Principles and Practices for God’s Mission”
Ken Baker (Culture Connexions/SIM), "Recovering the Relational Narrative of Mission”
Steve Ybarola (Asbury Theological Seminary) “A Typological Approach to Diaspora Missiology”
Gary Corwin (SIM), "From Roland Allen to Rick Warren: Sources of Inspiration Guiding American Evangelical Mission Methodology 1912-2012"