With this issue, I bid farewell to my editorial role for EMQ. Having served for 16 years in the editor’s chair, I have been privileged to oversee the publication of more than sixty-four issues containing almost seven hundred articles focused on helping missionaries, mission leaders, church leaders, and lay Christians around the world better understand and engage missions.
- Essentials for Fundraising and Development for Missions AgenciesThu Apr 22 2021, 01:00pm EDT
- Webinar: The Blessed Alliance—Men and Women Serving God TogetherThu Apr 22 2021, 02:00pm EDT
- Innovation Labs - Session 4Tue Apr 27 2021, 10:00am EDT
- Renew: CEO & Spouse RetreatTue May 4 2021, 03:00pm EDT
- Church Mission Leaders Peer 2 Peer: Diaspora Ministry and the Local ChurchWed May 12 2021, 01:00pm EDT
The world missions community has spent the past thirty years or so establishing footholds in many parts of the Muslim world. But now, unbeknownst to most of our church friends at home, some of those very cities have hundreds of workers in them.
The International Church is a kairos call to a profound need and compelling opportunity. God is sovereignly and supernaturally planting and building international churches in unparalleled numbers around the globe. The unprecedented diaspora scattering has created cutting-edge potential for the International Church to reach every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Diaspora is not a new phenomenon, and missiology is not a novel field of study. Human migration is in fact a reality of the human experience, and missions and evangelism a mandate from the initial commissioning of Jesus Christ’s disciples. Thus, it is inaccurate to propose that the idea of diaspora missiology was initiated in the minds and meetings of twenty-first-century missiologists.
In the last decade, research on and response to migration has become a priority for nations and communities. More recently, mission organizations, denominations, and congregations have rallied to locally address migrants.