For the first time in its history, the annual meeting of the Canadian Chapter of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) on February 6 was viewed across Canada, and Kingswood University was pleased to be one of four simulcast centres that hosted the conference.
The missiological meeting, which examined controversies in mission, featured world-renowned missiologist, Dr. Darrell Whiteman. In looking at how social science has helped missionaries communicate the gospel from one culture to another, Dr. Whiteman examined the question, “Does Sensitivity to Cultural Relevance Threaten Biblical Authority and Fidelity?”
Dr. Whiteman served as a professor of Cultural Anthropology for 21 years, Dean of the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Seminary, and Vice President for Training and International Mobilization and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society in Georgia. An author, editor, and publisher of numerous articles, books, and publications, he is passionate about training for cross-cultural ministry. He is also the Founding Chair of the Network of Christian Anthropologists.
Missiologists, pastors, professors, and global ministry students across Canada joined in the discussion and looked at other controversies in mission. At Kingswood, Dr. Bill Peed, Director of Global Ministry, presented a paper on “Short Term Missions: Tourists, Pilgrims, Real Mission” and led a discussion in ways to make short term missions an effective ministry experience.
“To talk and think together about concerns in missions today is crucial to effectively sharing a biblical message,” said Dr. Peed. “I’m glad that Kingswood could be a part of such a conversation.”