• Short-Term Mission: New Trends and Research
    Vol. 1 No. 1 (2021)

    In this edition, we revisit the significant and ever developing theme of short-term mission (STM). Our authors explore new trends in STM, including the relationship of STM to long-term mission, understanding the perspectives of North American GenZ Christians on the gospel and mission, diaspora missiology and mid-term mission, and finally STM projects focused on humanitarian care and relief.

  • Evangelical Mission: Reflecting on the Past and Advancing Toward the Future
    Vol. 1 No. 2 (2021)

    The Fall 2021 issue of JEMS focuses on mission past and future. From the past, authors explore how the modern Algerian church can benefit from a study of one of its greatest sons, Augustine, as well as a historical survey of the Eucharist that is used to broaden modern understanding of how the Table is a place of mission. Other authors speak to current realities calling missionaries back to biblical understandings of dependance on the Holy Spirit and how suffering and intercession were key means through which the Apostle Paul shared the gospel. The changing culture of urban African youth is used as a paradigm through which to reconsider contextualization in sub-saharan African.  Finally, we celebrate the life of missiologist Robert Priest as well as hear his thoughts on the future of missiology. 

  • Contemporary Issues in Evangelical Missiology
    Vol. 2 No. 1 (2022)

    The Spring 2022 edition of JEMS looks at a number of issues in evangelical missiology. Some articles are more theological in nature including: reflections on St. Basil's fourth-century theology of evangelism and social action; creativity in the work of mission; a discussion of how much knowledge of Christ is needed for salvation; and a theological assessment of the prosperity gospel in German churches. Other articles are more practical and discuss ministry to Muslims in the city of Chicago and reflect on the state of church planting in North America. One author engages the reality of technostress for missionaries. Finally, this edition contains two book reviews on recent works in theology of mission and missiology. 

  • The Black Church and Missions
    Vol. 2 No. 2 (2022)

    The Fall issue is the fruit of a special EMS conference track on the Black Church and Missions, largely out of the U.S. context. An array of papers written by Black scholars traverses the history and formation of the American Black Church in the context of slavery, its early conception of mission and cultural engagement, the sending of early Black missionaries, and the current state of the relationship of the American Black Church in modern missions. Additionally, as has become a Fall issue tradition, the life and work of a missiologist is showcased with an effort to introduce readers to the person behind the books and ideas. The issue concludes with several reviews of recent books in missiology.

  • Contemporary Issues in Evangelical Missiology
    Vol. 3 No. 1 (2023)

    In this edition of JEMS, our authors explore a variety of issues in mission and missiology today. Michael Cooper and Matthew Harbour discuss the popular media campaign "He Gets Us," evaluating it from a Christological perspective. Jessica Udall explores hospitality in the majority world and how it may be instructive for life and ministry in the West. Discussing Muslims coming to faith in Christ, Gene Daniels proposes a theology of conversion framed by the motif of migration. Philip Crouse mines Paul's letter to the Ephesians for insights on reconciliation in mission. Exploring church planting, conversion, and discipleship in the German context, Frank Liesen evaluates a tool for transformational discipleship. Engaging theology, history, and some politics, Mark Harlan challenges commonly held thoughts on Christian Zionism. In a piece that has great implications for emotional health and interpersonal relationships, Dave Dunaetz discusses the role of social identity theory. Finally, based on his research of western missionaries serving in Asia, Arthur Lin questions the efficacy of formal theological and missiological education. This issue also includes five reviews of recently published books.

  • Current Issues in Communication and Mission in Canada
    Vol. 3 No. 2 (2023)

    In this special Canadian edition (edited by EMS Canada Vice President, Narry Santos), five authors address diverse and contemporary topics on mission from coast to coast. Stuart van Koh (pseudonym) contributes to the growing field of missional homiletics by exploring the role of the preacher’s body in Pauline missiology. In a related topic, Phil Wagler uses the language of “the body tells the tale” as a means to communicate the gospel through the reconciled body of Christ. By understanding arts as language, Lorn Gieck argues that the evangelical church needs aesthetics skills to engage a variety of cultures and subcultures in a Canadian postmodern world. James Bryun reflects on the realities, challenges, and opportunities of workplace ministry in Canada. Finally, in the context of Bible translation, Doug Trick and Hollie Butler discusses and evaluates the “results-based management” as a means to measure success in Christian mission.

  • Identity and Contextualization in a Complex World
    Vol. 3 No. 3 (2023)

    The Fall 2023 issue of JEMS explores issues related to Christian identity and contextualization through a variety of diverse case studies. Authors examine 'Christian' as a new racial category, a new way for Muslims and Christians to dialogue about God, contextualization in Africa and SE Asia, and finally a look at the traits and features of movement catalysts. The issue concludes with a review of three recent missiological books.

  • Reflections on Mission History, Theology, and Practice
    Vol. 4 No. 1 (2024)

    In this edition, we explore a variety of topics in mission today. In an insightful article, Syrian apologist Sherene Khouri discusses the history and practice of Islamic da'wa (invitation to Islam), particularly among Muslim women. From this, she suggests how Christian women might engage Muslim women based on this understanding of da'wa.  Jacob and Robert Andrews revisit the mission model of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Jesuit, Matteo Ricci with an eye toward what might be recovered from his approach to mission. Building on the three- and four-self philosophies of mission, Phil Zarns proposes self-localizing as a means for contextualized mission practice. Reflecting on mission in the context of Mozambique, Alan Howell aims to unpack the story, skills, and strategies needed for embodying the way of Jesus in the world. Finally, moving beyond simply memorizing Scripture, Katie Frost discusses the essential values and practices for internalizing Scripture for the ministries of Scripture engagement.

    This edition also features book reviews on two recently released works.