The Int’l Society for Frontier Missiology 2016 Conference

Missions and the Local Church

October 14-16, 2016


Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (Dallas, Texas)

Again this year the ISFM and the Evangelical Missological Society join forces. In conjunction with the EMS theme “Missions in the Local Church,” ISFM sessions will examine fundamental missiological concepts for local churches seeking to engage the frontiers. In a day of rapid globalization and change, certain concepts might appear irrelevant or obsolete. But an understanding of context, agency/sodality, urban sociology and religious pluralism must leaven our local church strategies.

One of the most taken-for-granted concepts is that of the “unreached,” and a percentage of this year’s ISFM sessions will re-examine our assumptions when counting unreached peoples. In the recent issue of IJFM, 33:2 “Unreached,” Dave Datema of Frontier Ventures looks back over forty years of multiple terms and definitions to give us a needed historical perspective. This issue of the IJFM can function as a primer for those sessions; the sessions will blend presentations by those who represent unreached databases with interaction from the floor as we seek to clarify the terms, concepts and realities of the “unreached” today.

And we are looking forward to Paul Pennington’s ISFM plenary on Saturday evening. Paul has stepped out of a long tenure as mission professor and found his way into a fascinating partnership with the local churches of India. You will not want to miss his insight on what it will take to reach across the remaining frontiers of the Hindu world.

We invite you to come and think with us on how local churches can effectively engage mission frontiers.


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