The focus of this year’s gathering of the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) was India – a country where Christianity is the third largest religion despite the fact that Christians make up only 2.3 percent of the entire population, according to official government statistics.
At the annual gathering, held this year in Dallas, attendants heard from a number of speakers including Hindu followers of Christ, former missionaries, an evangelism and church growth consultant, and an expert on global Christianity.
Also speaking was Dr. Ralph D. Winter, one of the founders of the ISFM and the U.S. Center for World Mission, who has been noted by Time Magazine as one of America’s top 25 evangelicals. more >>
SAN FRANCISCO – A renowned pioneer in the field of world missions urged Christian students to start their school year with the goal of fulfilling the university's ultimate purpose, which is to unite knowledge.
"The very word 'university' implies the uniting of things that were apart," Dr. Ralph D. Winter, co-founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission, said Monday to incoming students at Olivet University in San Francisco.
"The university is designed to unify otherwise difference spheres of knowledge." more >>
A former missionary of the International Mission Board is looking to become the president of the nations largest Protestant denomination a feat that would surprisingly be the first of its kind, he says.
William L. (Bill) Wagner, who served as Southern Baptist missionary of 31 years, has announced that he will allow his name to be on presidential ballot at the Southern Baptist Conventions annual meeting next year.
"It is hard to believe that the Southern Baptist Convention, historically and currently bound together in their desire to introduce others to the Gospel all over the world, have never had an International Mission Board missionary as their president, never had someone from a pioneer context (west of Texas or north of Maryland) as its president, never had a pastor of a small church as its president, and never had a trained missional strategist at its helm," Wagner told Baptist Press. more >>
SAN FRANCISCO – The head of the World Evangelical Alliance recently shared with graduating students some key principles on how to make a difference in the world.
First, impacting the world is first a "matter of the heart," said Geoff Tunnicliffe, international director of WEA, during the commencement ceremony on Friday for Olivet University in San Francisco.
To illustrate his point, the evangelical leader used the story of the Good Samaritan who helped a man different than him. Tunnicliffe emphasized that the Samaritan came near to the man when others seeing the man's broken image distanced themselves from him. more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance strengthened its North American Council last week with the addition of a new member.
The network of 128 national evangelical alliances and 104 associate member organizations on Thursday welcomed Dr. David J. Jang, president of the Olivet Center for World Mission (OCWM) in San Francisco, as the newest member of its North American Council. The North American Council consists of members from the WEA International Council, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) - the largest network of evangelicals in the United States.
"We are delighted by Dr. Jang's appointment to our North American Council," said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director for the WEA, in a public announcement. "Dr. Jang has a wealth of experience in Christian higher education and cutting edge mission strategies. He will be a great asset to the global work of the World Evangelical Alliance." more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance recently opened a Center of Information Technology in San Francisco, in continuing its ongoing efforts to expand its internal and external communication.
According to the global network of churches, the new center comes in keeping its need for a "long-ranging goal to take communications and networking 'to a whole new level.'"
"We believe this new Information Technology Center will be a very important tool in assisting the global church in building more effective ties that will lead to greater connectiveness and strategic partnerships," said WEA's International Director, Geoff Tunnicliffe. more >>