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OCMS Projects

There are a wide range of ways to support the ministries of OCMS. In addition to giving generally to OCMS, you could also support one of the following projects:

  • Adopt a scholar

    Students have to cover a number of costs, including travel and accommodation for their annual residency. Most of our students come from less affluent contexts or work in ministries where they raise their own support, so OCMS seeks to provide a range of scholarships dependent on the student’s financial situation.

    If you help OCMS provide part or all of a scholarship to one of our students, we will connect you so that you can get to know the student and their ministry. Join the support team for a student or become the primary sponsor by giving a scholarship: 

    5% scholarship £327/year
    10% scholarship £654/year
    25% scholarship £1635/year
    50% scholarship £3270/year
    75% scholarship £4905/year
    Full academic support £6540/year
    For 2019/20 we want to fund 12 Guided Study Programme scholarships £15,000
  • Join the team: Adopt a faculty member

    Faculty members are sponsored by a team of personal supporters.  Members of the support team receive regular updates from OCMS and the faculty member.  Our expectation is that this information helps us stay connected and provides not only financial, but prayer support also.

    The annual cost of sustaining a faculty post is approximately £40,000. This includes annual salary and costs associated with their own research. 

    A faculty position can be supported by:

    10 people giving £4,000/year
    100 people  giving £400/year

    Join the team!

  • Publications

    Global Voices

    Latin America is a context that has provided fertile ground for the development of mission thinking in response to issues like poverty, dictatorship, and displacement. There is much to learn from the way Christians have engaged in mission from this context.  However, most Latin American mission thinkers write in Spanish or Portuguese. Even where they write in English, such as leading evangelicals like Samuel Escobar and Rene Padilla, most of their work is in Spanish. This means that the majority of the global church has no access to the work of these writers.

    OCMS, in collaboration with a group of Latin American mission leaders, is going to make available through Regnum Press, the imprint of OCMS, a Latin American Series. This will make a significant contribution to the development of ‘polycentric missiology’, namely mission thinking and practice that reflects the diverse contexts of the global church.

    Cost: £1,820/book

    Mini Book series

    OCMS is committed to making excellent research and scholarship available to the church around the world so that the Body of Christ is better equipped to engage in God's mission. One of the challenges with this vision is that all too often a gap exists between scholars and practitioners. Scholars are happy to study and write, while practitioners are too busy and passionate about what they are doing to stop and ask questions! OCMS is committed to bridging this gap in various ways, one of which is to make knowledge available in ways that busy church and mission leaders and thinking Christians will take time to read.

    In 2018 we launched Regnum mini-books. Mini Books are texts of 50-60 pages, easy to read, free from footnotes and jargon. They contain the key findings of a scholar’s research and learning made available in accessible form. We have already published 12 volumes - see Regnum Mini Book series.

    One of the first titles explores lessons in reconciliation from the Rwanda crisis. Another looks at biblical materials for dealing with corruption, while another explores the impact of Nestorian monks across central Asia.

    Cost: £950/book

  • Professional Certificate in Integrated Mission Leadership (IML)

    OCMS successfully ran our first study programme for a professional certificate in Integrated Mission Leadership (IML) from March 2019 to January 2020. The first cohort was made up of 22 students from 10 international mission agencies. All were senior, experienced leaders.

    Why is this important? Most people working in mission do so as part of a community. These communities exist as churches, mission agencies, not-for-profit organisations and sometimes businesses. The discipline of organisational development investigates what it takes to run healthy organisational systems. Leadership, of course, is important in any group. While there are many courses that focus on leadership development and some for people working in mission, at present no programme brings together the four strands of spiritual formation, leadership and organisational development and mission.

    Cohort 2 is already well subscribed to and we plan to launch in the autumn of 2020.

    Scholarship Cost: £15,000

  • Alliance of Mission Researchers and Institutes (AMRI)

    OCMS is unique as a global study centre, bringing together scholars from all parts of the global church in mission research and scholarship. The world of mission research faces a number of challenges. Institutes engaged in mission research are not connected, don’t always know what each other is doing and rarely collaborate. Furthermore, the capacity for quality research is not evenly spread in the worldwide church. OCMS has, since its inception, worked to grow the capacity for research and scholarship by the Majority World church.

    To confront some of these challenges, OCMS is working in partnership with the Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, mission and culture, Ghana, to develop an Alliance of Mission Researchers and Institutes. To serve this alliance, we are developing a digital platform (website) that will enable research centres around the world to share research, analyse current research trends, identify priorities, and facilitate collaboration. The project will run over 2018-2020.

      Action Timeframe Cost  

    Phase one

    Conception and creation of core Alliance

    Oct 2017-Feb 2020

    £20,000

    Complete

     

    Phase two

    The establishment of the digital platform

    Mar 2020-Sept 2020

    £120,000

    £60,000 needed

    Phase three

    Platform launch and testing

    Sept 2020-Nov 2020

    £10,000

    £10,000 needed

    Phase four

    Generalisation of platform. On-going administration and review

    Nov 2020 onward

    Maintained by participants

     

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    Church and Corruption

    Corruption is the single greatest factor that holds communities in poverty. OCMS together with its partner ‘Faith in Public Integrity’ (FPIN) ran a consultation in Manila in 2018 bringing theologians, practitioners and advocates together to consider the theological resources needed by the global church in order to combat corruption. See this video by OCMS Executive Director, Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel.

    Reflections on Corruption

    Every year in excess of US$1trillion goes missing through various forms of corruption. This kind of corruption means more than a few dishonest treasures in a corporation, naivety from greedy charities or bad governance in local churches. It reflections a combination of all these things but more importantly, it is the systemic, organised conspiracy by some of the richest people to defraud some of the very the poorest people on the planet through organised dishonesty or tax evasion.

    But something is happening. All over the world, Christian leaders, businesses and activists are making a stand and saying No to this behaviour because they know that corruption also under-educates, prevents health care and kills people.

    And this fight against injustice is gathering pace as Christian organisations in victimised places like Latin America, Africa and Asia join hands with others in more developed nations in places like Europe, and the USA to remind governments and corporation that the Bible protests against corruption.

    From Naboth’s land-grabbing abuse of power (1 Kings 21) to Nehemiah’s outrage at extortion (Neh 5) and Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, (Mark 11:15-19; Matt 21:12-17; Luke 19:45-48; Jn. 2:13-22) the bible is vocal about institutionalized corruption. In fact, those thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas (Matt 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15) was emblematic of the bible’s comprehensive condemnation of ‘the bribe’ (Deut. 10:17;16:19;27:25; 1 Sam 8:3;12:3; 2 Chron 19:7; Ezra 4:5; Job 36:18; Ps 15:5;26:10; Prov. 17:8; 29:4; Isa 1:23;5:23; Ezek 22:12; Amos 5:12) and a reminder that what happened to Jesus during his passion was a wholesale miscarriage of justice.

    As the global Christian community increasingly raises its many voices against injustice, we begin with our own behavior and remind ourselves that the Reformation was the most significant campaign against corruption the world has ever seen. And in the struggle for justice, we speak to power in business, commerce and government in order to see clearer signs of God’s kingdom on earth.

    Joel Edwards
    Former General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, UK and Micah Challenge
    18 June 2018

    Help us to continue to develop effective resources to tackle corruption.

    Cost: £9,000

     

  • Building restoration

    OCMS is housed in St Philip and St James Church, a Grade I Listed Building. This building was commissioned to the architect George Edmund Street who is renowned by his major work, the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The church was built in 1860 and consecrated in 1862. It was used for worship until the 1970s, when it was declared redundant and its use was changed. The church retains all its original features, with the exception of the reredos, which were replaced in 1883. It contains metalwork by Joseph Leaver and stone and wood carvings by Thomas Earp.

    The St Philip and St James Church is considered one of the most exquisite examples of the Victorian Gothic Revival and it is our duty to look after its maintenance and restoration. St Philip and St James Church lies in the centre of the North Oxford Victorian Conservation Area, which enhances its cultural and aesthetic interest. A core part of the building is the stained glass windows, which are beautifully crafted. These windows were made by three famous London-based workshops - Clayton & Bell, Burlison & Grylls and C. E. Kempe, and complement the gothic nature of the church.

    The windows in the Altar are particularly stunning: They narrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ.  Every study carrel is wonderfully framed by windows depicting the Way of the Cross, and scenes from Christ’s ministry.

    A considerable number of our windows need to be removed and re-leaded, predominantly due to the age of the lead in the window. All the windows facing south are in critical condition and we need to act before the damage is too great for repair.

    You can make a contribution to restore our stained glass windows, which are in urgent need of repair and protection.

    The budget for the most urgent repairs is £120,000.

    OCMS is running a programme which enables donors to “adopt” a window of their choosing. The suggested donation to adopt a window is £10,000, which would allow us to begin the full restoration work on that window.

    Adopt a window: £10,000

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