News & Notes
The February 7 issue of TIME names Ralph Winter as one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in the U.S.—a pleasant surprise! However, the text adjacent to his photograph is so misleading that we’ve posted a modification on the USCWM Website (www.uscwm.org). Take a look, and tell us what you think.
The latest (October-December 2004) issue of the International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) features presentations from the 2004 annual meeting of the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM). Topics include: “Underground Church Movements: The Surprising Role of Women’s Networks” (Rebecca Lewis); “Church-Planting Movements vs. Insider Movements” (David Garrison); “The Key to Insider Movements: The ‘Devoteds’ of Acts” (Kevin Higgins); and “The Most Precarious Mission Frontier” (Ralph Winter). For further information or to subscribe to the IJFM, go to www.ijfm.org.
Specialized resources in the Perspectives Family now include the third edition of the Condensed World Mission Course (CWMC), featuring a single volume of 160 pages. Also, the Operation Worldview Video Series is now available in a “Perspectives Family” version that allows users to “customize” the series to focus on their own ministries; see www.mission1.org.
During May 6-8, 2005 the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a weekend conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present, the focus will be on practical service. This conference in the New York City area will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected].
The year 2005 will feature much discussion of the Millennium Development Goals promoted by the United Nations and private voluntary agencies. To take good advantage of this opportunity, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Micah Network are facilitating a global campaign to deepen Christian engagement with the poor and to influence leaders of rich and poor nations to fulfill their public promise to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to halve absolute global poverty by 2015. To learn more, go to www.micahchallenge.org.
Readers of Mission Frontiers may recall our May-June 2003 cover story on “The Missing Piece in Global Mission Strategy?” The missing piece was there identified as a global-level association of mission agencies, comparable to the International Missionary Council which performed admirably in the first half of the 20th century but which drifted from its founding purposes in the second half. To reconstitute this “missing piece,” delegates from at least 30 mission agencies are scheduled to gather in Amsterdam April 18-21 to found the Global Network of Mission Structures. Look for further reports in future issues of Mission Frontiers.