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Scholars from the Global South are eligible to ask for an OCMS bursary of around 30% of fees. OCMS has further, limited scholarships to put towards OCMS fees for those who are in greater need, for which scholars must apply in writing. In addition, there are some special bursaries that students might apply for, including funds to encourage women leaders from the two-thirds world to apply for part time research. Please contact Parrizad Pound on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance at Community lunch must be booked by lunchtime the preceeding day, via the Community Pages of our Moodle Site for which staff, faculty and students all have a personal log-in which is allocated to them in the first few days of their time with OCMS.
If you wish to find out more about us by attending the community lunch, but do not have log-in details, please contact email@example.com. The meal costs £3 for students, £4 for staff and £4.50 for visitors. Visitors are most welcome.
Truly international in its leadership, fully interdenominational in its reach, and deeply evangelical from its roots to its mission, OCMS brings the world’s church together under one roof. As a centre for world mission engagement and academic enquiry, OCMS does not belong to, nor is it shaped by, any one denomination.
Holistic Mission is the expression used at OCMS to describe the way of expressing the love of God through word and deed, through being both salt and light to a community, by seeking to bring about holistic transformation to those with whom the Christian is engaging.
The term is designed to move church language away from the concepts of Christian mission held in a dichotomy of evangelism and/or social involvement.
Holistic Mission, it is argued, is rooted in scripture and is no less than than the model Jesus himself set for mankind, which seeks to convict people of the good news of Jesus Christ as well as striving to help them experience the fullness of the Kingdom of God in their physical lives, too.
OCMS' publishing house, Regnum Books has two books that might interest the reader:
- Holistic Mission: God's Plan for God's People, edited by Brian E. Woolnough and Wonsuk Ma, Foreword by Las Newman. Published by Regnum (2010), 279pp, ISBN: 978-1-870345-85-9
Mission as Transformation: A Theology of the Whole Gospel, by Vinay Samuel and Christopher Sugden. Published by Regnum (1999), 522pp, ISBN: 0870345133
OCMS rates the context for mission as more significant than the background of the missionary. Therefore the study of mission cannot be removed from the study of the world, which God has made. Communication, culture, and history are all dimensions for understanding mission in any particular environment. Each dimension or any aspect of it, can be researched in its own right using one or more of a wide range of University disciplines. OCMS thesis abstracts give a good idea of this range.
Mission Studies for OCMS is a broad category. The missio Dei, or mission of God, transcends the church. Mission involves the mediation of the divine between different cultures. The activity of God in mission can normally be discerned by studying the particular cultures and the history of their interaction. Mission studies necessarily includes research into communication and language, culture, history and development. Communication and language clearly give a place to the study of Bible in mission, with a special emphasis on the context both in which the Biblical revelation was given and received and also the context in which it now speaks, so that translation and hermeneutics are relevant.
The study of culture has geographical, legal, philosophical, political, social, economic, military, ritual, aesthetic, educational, psychological, medical, technological etc. aspects. A theology with the incarnation of God as a premise must arise out of such earthly realities and not in ignorance of them. Thus holistic approaches to research combining consideration of belief and practice, are both welcome and possible in OCMS.
The international community which founded OCMS has been particularly associated with the development of "Mission as Transformation" as a helpful way of thinking about holistic mission. The volume of the same name is published by Regnum Publishing.
Mission and church may also be understood in history but this is not a merely antiquarian issue. tudy may also seek also to interpret and influence present and future directions. While the study of culture in theology works primarily with the pattern and structure of human life under God in culture, development studies in missiology analyses how culture can be changed to liberate life holistically, and so be redeemed.
Development Studies is inter-disciplinary, dealing with the same aspects of culture. Its core lies in the social sciences of economics, sociology, social anthropology, and politics. It also draws from the relevant aspects of the environmental and natural sciences and constructs its own theory on appropriate technology, development management, and public administration. In addition to the academic tasks of accounting for and theorising about what is observed, a more activist and narrative dimension is concerned with designing, appraising, and evaluating alternative development strategies, policies, projects, programmes, procedures, and institutional arrangements, according to key development criteria, typically economic efficiency or growth, equity and welfare, gender differentials, good governance, or environmental and institutional sustainability.
Full empowerment, and fulfillment of human potential, must involve the spiritual and moral dimensions. Therefore important theological and ethical contributions are made in areas such as holistic or transformational development, development ethics, and the assessment of the roles and performance of churches (as civil society organisations) and church-related non-governmental organisations in pro-poor development interventions. OCMS actively took part in the process of discussion between the World Bank and the Churches of Africa, documented in Faith in Development (Regnum/World Bank Publications).
'Mission Leadership and Christian Theological Research' is an article written by OCMS' then Executive Director, Canon Chris Sugden, and published in an anniversary volume of the Evangelical Review of Theology, 2004. It can be found HERE, or in the link at the bottom of this page.
We offer two programmes. Three quarters of our scholars study on a part time basis which requires a minimum of 6 week's residency in Oxford each year. The remainder are full time and spend all but their periods of field work here at OCMS. Regardless of whether the chosen avenue is full or part time, new students are required to attend the Research Induction School, and are then strongly recommended to schedule a further 6 weeks for that first year.
Depending on your nationality and country of residence, you may require a UK Visa to study at OCMS. You are advised to download a visa application form (from www.ukvisas.gov.uk) and to submit your application to your nearest British High Commission or Embassy, once you have accepted a place to study at OCMS.
Please apply well before you travel to the UK. OCMS can assist you with your visa application by preparing a letter of introduction to the relevant visa section for submission with your application. Please ask us for a letter, give us the address (town) where you intend submitting your application and let us know your full name (as it appears on your passport) your passport number, expiry date, your date of birth and your intended travel dates.
The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies is scheduled as a 'Provider of Courses leading to a Degree' in the Education (Listed Bodies) Order 1999. This means that the Secretary of State for Education recognizes OCMS as a body which falls within section 216(3) of the Education Reform Act 1988. OCMS is also registered with the Department for Education and Skills as an Education and Training Provider, reference no. 21721. Please cite this in any visa application for study in the OCMS Research Programme.
The aims of the programme are:
- To captivate, advance, and nurture a cadre of well trained multi- and inter-disciplinary minister researchers.
- To be an incubator for innovative research, ministry and rigorous academic discipline that will adapt ongoing research and reflection to transform both ministry and the academy.
- To bring to bear multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary practitioner reflection and research so as to generate new knowledge that enhances professional practice and academic research for those at the front lines of transformative ministry.
The aim of transforming practical ministry through reflective practitioner research has shaped the OCMS programme of today. We incorporate both traditional methodology of reflection on the written word in relation to a specific area of ministry - configured according to the status quo of text based or field based research - and newer methodologies that view research and reflection as a two-way street. This is in recognition that in ministry what occurs, and how, and with whom it occurs, affects everything and everyone it touches.
OCMS recognizes that knowledge is not simply something found in a book or through field study, but is creatively produced in the midst of practice as well as the complex interactions of persons engaged in ministry and research.
Our four week Research Induction School begins the programme, introducing scholars to a broad spectrum of research methods and models. Upon completion, our students work with a faculty mentor to produce their research proposal and put together a qualified supervisory team which allows for a student to apply for registration for the OCMS/Middlesex University, London MPhil/PhD programme. The scholar then works with OCMS and the supervisory team to qualify for upgrade to the PhD stage. On successful examination of the student’s doctoral thesis, the degree of MPhil/PhD from Middlesex University, London is granted.
PhD and MPhil degrees are validated and awarded by Middlesex University, London, UK. For further details regarding the University and its validation services, please log on to www.wales.ac.uk/validation or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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OCMS recognises the concern of our supporters regarding privacy of information. All information you give to OCMS is stored securely, and is not accessible to other users. Rest assured that any information you give to OCMS will not be distributed to any other organisation outside of the OCMS ministry or its affiliated partners.
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