Missiology at Southern Nazarene University
Luzbetak defines missiology:|
Missiology is derived from the Latin missio ("a sending forth
with a special message to proclaim or with a special task to perform") and the Greek logos ("a study, word or discourse"). Etymologically,
missiology is a study of the sending forth or expansion of the Church. from
The Church and Cultures, published by Orbis
Learning about world missions
Need a good definition of missions? It's the cross-cultural expansion of the Church of
Jesus Christ. Missiology is the integrative study
of the expansion of Christianity as it has been fostered by expatriate Christian missionaries.
Missiology -- the study of missionary work -- draws together scholarship in biblical, historical,
doctrinal and practical theological studies.
As missiologists reflect on the global march of the Church,
they use tools from the social sciences to understand various dynamics. Insights are drawn from
cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, geography, and political science.
Missiology seeks to develop strategies for effective
missionary work and church planting. In doing their work, missiologists interact with a wide
range of professions, especially those of agriculture, education, medicine and public health.
Want to know how to become a missionary? Then, the study of missiology is for you!
SNU: Global passion at a small university in America's heartland
- Preparing people to fulfill the Great Commission
- Christian missions journals
How can you not subscribe to at least one
- International Bulletin of Missionary
Interdenominational quarterly with emphasis on missions history;
great book reviews; writers come from varied backgrounds ranging from Roman Catholicism and
Conciliar groups to Protestant Fundamentalism.
Written by and for missions professors. This is an "academic"
rather than a "popular" quarterly.
Want to help the missions program of your local church? Check out this web site's resources
for Nazarene Missions International ( NMI ) groups.
NBC distance education missions course
Global evangelism - a 6-week fully-online course that looks a
biblical foundations, missions history, the implications of culture, today's missions methods and
practices, a look at the job yet to be done and a case study of one denomiation's world missions
efforts (the Church of the Nazarene).
ebook: Jonah, the reluctant missionary
Jonah's story is not about disobedience. Jonah is the reluctant missionary of the Old
Testament who refuses to get his heart in tune with God's heart.
Missions information and facts
|Being a good missions
mobilizer means you must have a grasp of the facts and of information. Being able to pray
intelligently means you must know what is going on. [ more
"While looking at your web site, I have been very
impressed with both the volume of information and the thoroughness with which you explore
missions." -- Jack L., Arkansas, USA
Snapshot of the ideal missions graduate from Southern Nazarene University
Adoniram Judson's son wrote that his dad -- pioneer missionary
to what is now called Myanmar -- was an ideal missionary because of his "scholarly tastes,
affectionate disposition, and fervent piety." That's a good combination. Here's a longer listing:
- The ideal graduate of SNU's mission program would be an individual of deep
spirituality. Key word: "Faithfulness"
- The person would be both curious and humble in his or her approach to cultures as well
possessing as a desire to interact with people very different from him or her. Key thought:
"Willingness to study and adapt"
- There would be an understanding of and an eagerness to work with contextualization issues. Key word: "Discernment"
- The person would be passionate about achieving long-term Kingdom goals rather than being
content with short-term successes.
- The person would be committed to the church as an organism and as an institution. Key
- The person would have a drive to speak well the language of the people to whom he or she
- The person could effectively communicate with home constituency about their ministry
vision, activities and needs. Key word: "Mobilizer"
- The person would feel at ease being in company with and in making friends with educated
people of other cultures
- The person would have a "clear missionary vision," i.e. a sense of what God has called the
Church to do and where we are in terms of fulfilling that call. Key thought: "On fire with
- The person would be, as was said of William Borden, a "striking
example of Christian stewardship." He or she would know how to husband resources as well as
being both strategic and creative in using what is available. Key word: "Versatile"
What should that ideal graduate have read?
- In terms of raising support: People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising
Support by William P. Dillon
- For a book on how world missions efforts should be empowering local people, read:
The Great Omission by Steve Saint
- For a book with some missions history and biblical background and just general passion:
Passion for the Heart of God by John Zumwalt
- For a look at how God prepares the hearts of people: Eternity in Their Hearts
by Don Richardson
- One that the summer Youth in Mission program promoted for its participants is:
Compassion by Henri Nouwen
-- Howard Culbertson
Missions songs Missions
statistics 10/40 Window explanation and
map Seeking God's will?
African martyr's commitment Mission trip
fundraising Ten ways to
ruin mission trips