Discerning Mission

Missiology and multicultural ministries

The International Review of Mission has just made available, via free access to the Wiley site, the latest issue of the journal which is focused on church and migration. As the website notes:

The church and migration is the focus of the latest issue of the International Review of Mission (IRM). The biannual journal is sponsored by the World Council of Churches and focuses on the ecumenical practice of mission while giving voice to other theological perspectives, such as those of Pentecostal and Evangelical missiologists.   “Migration brings new opportunities for mission and ministries of the church. The development of multicultural ministries is one of the significant missional responses to this global phenomenon” says the editor, Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, secretary of the Commission of World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). “Xenophobia, tribalism and the racial and ethnic backgrounds of many of the migrants now cause significant stress on the church, particularly the church in the global North,” Keum points out in the introduction to the IRM issue published under the title “Multicultural Ministry”, and adds that currently “very little attention is paid to the stress on the ‘sending’ communities”.   The issue presents a mixture of “academic” and “practical” papers, developed around four specific areas: Migration, Multiculturalism, Mission and Communitas (the church as community).

"The church and migration is the focus of the latest issue of the International Review of Mission (IRM). The biannual journal is sponsored by the World Council of Churches and focuses on the ecumenical practice of mission while giving voice to other theological perspectives, such as those of Pentecostal and Evangelical missiologists.

'Migration brings new opportunities for mission and ministries of the church. The development of multicultural ministries is one of the significant missional responses to this global phenomenon' says the editor, Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, secretary of the Commission of World Mission and Evangelism (CWME).'Xenophobia, tribalism and the racial and ethnic backgrounds of many of the migrants now cause significant stress on the church, particularly the church in the global North,' Keum points out in the introduction to the IRM issue published under the title 'Multicultural Ministry', and adds that currently 'very little attention is paid to the stress on the ‘sending’ communities'. 

The issue presents a mixture of 'academic' and 'practical' papers, developed around four specific areas: Migration, Multiculturalism, Mission and Communitas (the church as community).

I found their list of resources and reading for multicultural ministries particularly useful.

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