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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 2018/19 we want to fund 10 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 will launch Regnum mini-books. Mini-books are texts of 50-60 pages, easy to read, free from footnotes and jargon. They will contain the key findings of a scholar’s research and learning made available in accessible form. For example, one of the first titles will explore how to grow resilience in missionaries. Another will look at biblical materials for dealing with corruption. For some volumes we will work in collaboration with Redcliffe College, who are selecting a number of their best student theses from recent years for conversion to mini-books.

    Cost: £1,050/book

  • Certificate in Organisational development, leadership and mission

    In 2018 we are exploring starting a Certificate in Professional Practice in Organisational Development, Leadership and Mission. 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 these three strands together.

    Cost: £12,000

  • Mission research and scholarship learning platform

    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 Akrophi Christaller Institute, Ghana, to develop 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 2018-2019, culminating in a major consultation in November 2019.

    Phase one The establishment of the digital platform January 2018-June 2019 Cost:
    £165,000
    Phase two Data analysis and consultation July 2019-December 2019 Cost:
    £95,000
  • Conferences

    OCMS seeks to bring practitioners and scholars together for shared learning and equipping the church in mission. One of the ways we do this is through facilitating and hosting consultations around critical mission themes.


    In 2018 we will do this in two areas:

    Church and Corruption

    Corruption is the single greatest factor that holds communities in poverty. OCMS is working with its partner ‘Faith in Public Integrity’ (FPIN) to run a consultation in Manila in 2018. This will bring 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 provide subsidies to bring together the right people in Manila and then to develop effective resources.

    Cost: £9,000

    Secularism and Europe

    While wonderful stories of church growth abound in many parts of the world, the church in Europe has been deeply affected by secular materialism in recent decades. Yet there are signs of hope, whether in the UK through movements like ‘Fresh Expressions’ or in the Continent where 1000s of migrants are refilling churches. OCMS, in collaboration with the European Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Association, along with the Missionsakadamie, Hamburg, will run a consultation in Hamburg in September 2018 looking at Pentecostal responses to secularism in Europe.

    Help us bring participants to this consultation.

    Cost: £5,000

  • 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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