|Louis 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 (Orbis)
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 cross-cultural 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. Ins 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!
Want to help the missions program of your local church? Check out the resources on this website for Nazarene Missions International ( NMI ) groups.
Global evangelism - a 6-week fully-online course that looks at 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 denomination's world missions efforts (the Church of the Nazarene).
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.
|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 website, I have been very impressed with both the volume of information and the thoroughness with which you explore missions." -- Jack L., Arkansas, USA
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:
In January of 1998, Mexico's Nazarene Mission Teams director Jim Johnson died in a traffic accident while coordinating SNU's Commission Unto Mexico, a large, short-term mission trip to northern Mexico over the New Year's holiday involving construction projects, children's ministry, medical clinics and soccer ministry.
Missionary Jim had been involved in coordinating all of the first nine SNU Commission Unto Mexico trips.
His widow, Mary Johnson Runion, has established an endowed scholarship fund in his memory. Scholarships from this fund will aid young people called to be Christian missionaries.
Would you join us in building this memorial scholarship fund? We need several thousand more dollars. Those could come in big chunks . . . or it could happen with lots and lots of $5 bills!
Tax-deductible contributions to this scholarship endowment can be given online or via checks made payable to Southern Nazarene University and sent to the Development Office, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008. If you give online, be sure to specify clearly that it is for the Johnson Memorial Missions Scholarship.
-- Howard Culbertson,