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Conferences at OCMS

In our mission statement we state that OCMS exists ‘to convene practitioners, scholars and leaders in creative and prophetic dialogue’ and one way we do this is by ‘fostering spaces where scholarship and practice interface for mutual learning’.

Hosting and participating in conferences, whether in Oxford or in other settings, is an important way in which we seek to fulfil this part of our vision. We always do this in partnership with other institutions, organisations and networks. Below you will find news of upcoming events and reports of past conferences.


Upcoming Conferences


Back to Orality: Embodying Jesus in a post-textual Europe

OCMS is delighted to announce an upcoming consultation for September 2019: 'Back to Orality: Embodying Jesus in a post-textual Europe'. Back to Orality seeks to draw academics, church leaders and people from the mission community to learn how to embody the love and message of Christ in primarily oral communities. Alongside presentations from experts in the field, there will be ample time for discussion, questions and sharing experiences.

Dates: Sept 26-28, 2019

Location: OCMS, Oxford

For further information & registration details, please visit: https://orality.net/oxford-2019.

Click here to download the consultation brochure Back to Orality Publicity 2019.


Beyond the Boundaries

3-day conference bringing together theologians and practitioners from across the globe to explore a new direction in Missiology

Beyond the Boundaries is 3-day conference in Oxford, 13-15 March, 2019, bringing together theologians and practitioners from across the globe to explore a new direction in Missiology. How does the area of intellectual disability challenge us to go Beyond the Boundaries in our understanding and practice of the gospel and church communities? This consultation seeks to initiate an innovative forum, bringing together Disability Theology and Missiology to explore the dynamic of a Disability Missiology, and to facilitate a global network for future discussion and action.

The keynote speaker will be Benjamin Conner, Western Theological Seminary, Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry.

For further details and if you are interested in joining us, then please apply here.



Previous Conferences


SOCIAL JUSTICE: Practices and Perspectives (First Middlesex School of Law and Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Joint Symposium)

7 November, 2018

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies,

St Philip and St James Church, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HR


The School of Law of Middlesex University and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) have been partners since 2014. OCMS is an independent research institute which runs a doctoral program addressing a wide range of issues in faith, mission and development studies in a global context. Questions around social transformation and social justice are central to the identity of OCMS. The same can be said for much of the research, practical interventions and scholarship that are carried out in the School of Law of Middlesex University, not least in its doctoral program across Law and the Social Sciences.

This one-day symposium created an opportunity for research students and staff at both institutions, and other Middlesex partner colleges in theology and religious studies, to learn about each other’s work and ideas and to discuss theoretical, political, practical and future-oriented dimensions of social justice as a value, a call for action and a topic of research and reflection.



OCMS Co-Hosted Conference on Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity and Religious Pluralism

OCMS co-hosted a joint conference with the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association and the Missionsakademie at the University of Hamburg, September 10 – 13, 2018. The conference focused on the important theme of the impact of Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity in the religious landscape as well as its role vis è vis an increasingly secular and non-religious world. Well-known experts shared their insights in the field of theology, human sciences, mission and cultural studies.  


The conference theme was divided into three streams.

o    Migrants and intercultural churches (cultural and religious diversity)

o    Religious plurality in the classical context of Christianity facing other religions

o    Religious plurality and the secular context in Europe


OCMS Consultation on Insider Jesus

On November 16, 2017, OCMS had the privilege of hosting William A. Dyrness, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, for a half-day consultation on new Christian movements titled Insider Jesus echoing the title of Bill’s new book published by InterVarsity Press (2016). We had about 30 participants from CMS, Interserve, Radcliffe College, RZIM-OCCA, and of course from the OCMS community.  To find out more about this consulation, please click here http://www.ocms.ac.uk/conferences/?ccid=1234


Project Rescue Advisory Committee Meeting at OCMS

Project Rescue is an international faith based organisation that is engaged in responding to the exploitation and trafficking of women, men and children. The ministry began in Bombay, India in 1990 and is now working in eight countries in over 30 individual projects. The PR Advisory Board met at OCMS in March 2017 to discuss ongoing governance of the ministry and to explore a working relationship with OCMS. The leadership of PR is seeking to develop a certificate in leadership and organisational training for their senior staff around the world. Discussions were held during these meetings with OCMS Executive Director, Paul Bendor-Samuel, as OCMS begins to plan for a Professional Development Certificate in Leadership and Organisational Development in the context of Mission.


Stott-Bediako Forum

Stott-Bediako Forum 2015

John Stott and Kwame Bediako were both scholars crucial to the development of mission theologies in the Global South. To remember the contributions of these great men and inspire others to follow the paths they walked, INFEMIT partners with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies each year to present the Stott-Bediako Forum on the Gospel and World Today. Theologian-practitioners representing each of INFEMIT’s regional fellowships share their work and respond to their sisters and brothers in dialogue about continuing the mission of God in the world. The Second conference was held in 2013 the Forum focused on New Horizons in Mission Studies. These conferences provide students, visitors and supervisors with the opportunity to debate issues directly with leading missionary practitioners.

The 2016 conference was held at OCMS on 13-14 June 2016.

The Forum on Chinese Theology Sixth Annual Symposium

The Forum on Chinese Theology Sixth Annual Symposium entitled Christian Faith & Ideological Trends in Contemporary China, was held at OCMS in 2013. 104 delegates from Asia, North America & Europe attended the symposium, allowing Chinese and Western scholars to present alternative perspectives on the relationship between Christianity and the three main secular ideologies of China in relation to Christianity in China.

Download the conference report in PDF format.

Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series Celebration.

The completion of a series of 35 books on mission and world Christianity was cause for celebration at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies on Friday 4 September. The Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series grew out of the Edinburgh 2010 project. Five years on, the series has become the most comprehensive and accessible study of contemporary Christianity.

80 mission thinkers joined Kim and fellow series editors to mark the close of a series that is remarkable for its global scope. It aims not only to be a scholarly resource but also to build mutual understanding among the churches. The 600 contributors are from all continents - with a special focus on Asia, Africa and Oceania - and all strands of Christianity - Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal. Published by Regnum Books International in the UK and Wipf and Stock in the USA, the series is also made available in through a world library programme and through electronic download to encourage further study and collaboration in mission. Topics include Freedom of Belief; Global Diasporas; Mission at and from the Margins; Christian Communities in Global Societies; Ministry of Reconciliation; Authentic Discipleship; Christian Mission among Other Faiths;and Creation Care. More about the Edinburgh Centenary Series.

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