Seminars for International Church Leaders, Missionaries, Mission
Executives, Pastors, Educators, Students, and Lay Leaders
For over ninety years, missionaries and international church leaders have been finding renewal at the Overseas Ministries Study
scholarly research, writing, and lectures.The seminars described in this brochure make up OMSC’s graduate-level, noncredit study
program. Residents stay in OMSC’s fully furnished apartments and guest rooms for a week or two, a few months, or an entire pro-
gram year. For however long they are here, we at OMSC welcome new and ongoing friends with Christian hospitality that enables
the kind of encouragement and deepened insight that active servants need. Details: www.omsc.org/about
2014–2015 OMSC STUDY AND RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Overseas Ministries Study Center • 490 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, U.S.A.
(203) 624-6672, ext. 315 • study@OMSC.org • www.OMSC.org
Serving God’s Servants
from around the World
September 3, 2014 (Wednesday)
Apublic reception to welcome the 2014–2015 OMSC international
community of residents will be held at 4:00 p.m. All are invited.
September 11–12, 2014 (Thursday–Friday)
U.S. Churches Today.
Rev. GeoffreyA. Little,All Nations Christian Church
(New Haven), provides an overview with a guided tour
of New Haven and area churches. $95.
September 15–17, 2014 (Monday–Wednesday)
Spirituality and Leadership.
Dr. Tow Yow Chew, Malaysia Theo-
logical Seminary, Seremban, urges Christian leaders
from Ephesians 4 and Romans 12 not to overlook their
own personal transformation as they disciple others
toward Christlikeness. Cosponsored by Taman Ujong
Methodist Church, Malaysia. $95.
September 18–19 (Thursday–Friday)
and Donor Development for Missions.
Mr. Rob Martin, First Fruit Institute, Newport Beach,
California, outlines steps for building the support base,
including foundation funding, for mission. Cospon-
sored by Moravian Board of World Mission. $95.
September 23–24, 2014 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
Stress and the Missionary: Seeking a
Ms. Barbara Hüfner-Kemper, psychotherapist and
United Methodist missionary, White Plains, New
York, helps participants walk through common ex-
periences of stress. She asks, “What does stress do to
the brain and the body and how can we find a healthy
response? Cosponsored by United Methodist Church
General Board of Global Ministries. $95.
September 29–October 2: (Monday–Thursday)
How to Develop Mission and Church
Ms. Martha Lund Smalley, Yale Divinity School Li-
brary, helps missionaries and church leaders identify,
organize, and preserve essential records. $175.
October 6–9, 2014 (Monday–Thursday)
The Internet and Mission:
Mr. Wilson Thomas, Wilson Thomas
Systems, Bedford, N.H., and Dr.
Dwight P. Baker, Overseas Ministries
Study Center, in a hands-on workshop,
show how to get the most out of
the World Wide Web for mission
October 20–23, 2014
Nurturing and Educating
Ms. Janet Blomberg, Interaction Inter-
national, and Ms. Elizabeth Stephens,
of Libby Stephens: Humanizing the
Transition Experience, help you help
your children meet the challenges they
face as third culture persons. $175.
October 27–30, 2014
Building Bridges with Hindus in Diaspora.
Dr.Atul Y.Aghamkar, OMSC senior mission scholar,
South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies,
Bangalore, India, will discuss Hindu migrants’beliefs,
practices, and perceptions about Christianity, and
suggest ways Christians might relate with Hindus. Co-
sponsored by Greenfield Hill Congregational Church,
Fairfield, Connecticut. $175.
November 10–14, 2014 (Monday–Friday)
Revival in Christendom and the
(Re-)Emergence of World Christianity.
Professor Andrew F. Walls, University of Edin-
burgh, Liverpool Hope University, and Akrofi-
Christaller Institute, explores the relation of the
Pietist and early Evangelical movements to the
missionary movement from the West, and how
activities originally directed to Christian societ-
ies in the West had abiding effects far beyond
those societies. He delivers OMSC’s tenth Distinguished Mission
Lectureship series—five lectures with discussions. Cosponsored
by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Mission
November 17–20, 2014 (Monday–Thursday)
Healing the Wounds of Trauma: Help for
Ourselves and Others.
Dr. Harriet Hill, Trauma Healing Institute of theAmer-
ican Bible Society, helps participants use Scripture
and basic mental health principles to find healing of
emotional pain and equips them to help others. $175.
December 1–4, 2014 (Monday–Thursday)
The Gospel of Peace in Dynamic
Engagement with the Peace of Islam.
Dr. David W. Shenk, Eastern Mennonite Missions,
explores the church’s calling to bear witness to the
Gospel of peace in its engagement with Muslims,
whether in contexts of militancy or in settings of mod-
eration. Cosponsored by Eastern Mennonite Mission
and Mennonite Central Committee. $175.
(Select Friday Mornings)
Panel Discussion Series.
Five Friday mornings, OMSC residents and other interested partici-
pants will attend and then debrief public “Hot Coffee, Hot Issues”
panel discussions led byYale World Fellows. On two Friday mornings
OMSC residents will hold public community forums on topics about
which they have special concern, experience, and expertise.
The 2014–2015 OMSC Study Program
Register for a seminar at www.omsc.org/seminars.
For details on OMSC programs, publications,
resources, and seminars, go to www.omsc.org.
January Student Seminars on World Mission
“Developing Your Christian Worldview”
January 6–9, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Caribbean Encounters with Protestant Missions.
Dr. Elmer LavastidaAlfonso, Second Baptist Church,
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, considers how, since 1900,
Cuba, Jamaica, and other nearby islands have encoun-
tered Protestant missions. $175.
January 13–16, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
The Holy Spirit and Korea, North and South.
Rev. Ben Torrey, The Fourth River
Project and Jesus Abbey, Taebaek,
Kangwon Do, South Korea, examines the impact of
four generations of his family in Korea, beginning
with evangelist R. A. Torrey’s sowing of seeds for
revival. Cosponsored by United Church of Westville,
New Haven, Connecticut. $175.
January 20–23, 2015
Culture, Values, and Worldview:
Anthropology for Mission Practice.
Dr. Darrell Whiteman, The Mission Society, shows
how one’s worldview and theology of culture affect
cross-cultural mission. $175.
January 26–30, 2015
Missionaries in the Movies.
Dr. Dwight P. Baker, Overseas Ministries Study
Center, utilizes both video clips and full-length
feature films to examine the way missionaries have
been represented in the movies over the past century.
Cosponsored by The Evangelical Covenant Church,
Chicago, Ilinois. $175.
February 24–27, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
For the City Yet to Come: An Introduction
to Ministry in an Urban World.
Dr. Mark. R. Gornik, representing the City Seminary
of New York faculty team, asks, “What is taking place
in the urban church? Are there particular patterns
and practices? What direction does the Bible pro-
vide?” This course
provides an intro-
duction to theology,
mission, and ecclesiology in a world
of cities. $175.
March 3–6, 2015
Ms. Ruth Padilla
nior mission schol-
Fellowship for Mis-
sion as Transfor-
mation, San José,
Costa Rica, examines the missional value of contextual theological
practice that integrates faith with all of life. Cospon-
sored by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. $175.
March 10–13, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Christianity in America.
Dr. Edith L. Blumhofer, Wheaton College, Wheaton,
Illinois, introduces participants to the formative role
Christianity has played throughout U.S. history. $175.
March 17–18, 2015 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
OMSC Resident-Led Seminar Sessions.
OMSC residents, who are experienced missionaries, church leaders,
and scholars from around the world, will lead morning and afternoon
seminars on topics about which they have special concern, experi-
ence, and expertise. Check www.omsc.org/seminars
for details. $95.
March 24–27, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Servant Mission in a Troubled World.
Dr. Jonathan J. Bonk, OMSC executive director emeri-
tus, examines theological, ethical, and missiological
implications of political violence, human dislocation,
economic inequity, and religious ideology as contexts
for Christian life and witness. Cosponsored by St. John’s Episcopal
Church, New Haven, Connecticut. $175.
April 7–10, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Ethnicity as Gift and Barrier: Human
Identity and Christian Mission.
Dr. Tite Tiénou, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,
Deerfield, Illinois, works from first-hand experience in
Africa to identify the “tribal” issues faced by the global
church in mission. Cosponsored by Trinity Baptist
Church, New Haven, Connecticut. $175.
April 14–17, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Doing Oral History: Helping
Christians Tell Their Own
Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest, Jesuit Beijing
Center, Beijing, China, and Ms.
Michèle Sigg, Dictionary of African
Christian Biography, share skills and
techniques for documenting mission
and church history. Cosponsored by
the U.S. Center for World Mission. $175.
April 21–24, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Culture, Interpersonal Conflict, and
Dr. Duane H. Elmer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School, Deerfield, Illinois, helps Christian workers
strengthen interpersonal skills, resolve conflicts, and
minimize cultural misunderstanding. Cosponsored by
SIM USA. $175.
May 5–8, 2015 (Tuesday–Friday)
Spiritual Renewal in the
Rev. Stanley W. Green, Mennonite
Mission Network, and Dr. Christine
Sine, Mustard Seed Associates, blend
classroom instruction and one-on-one
sessions to offer counsel and spiritual direction for Christian workers.
Cosponsored by Mennonite Mission Network. $175.
City Seminary of New York faculty
lead OMSC residents on a mis-
sion tour near Ground Zero.
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Updates from the Overseas Ministries Study Center and the International
Bulletin of Missionary Research, including public lecture announcements
and the semiannual Hearth newsletter, may be read online. Please sign up
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International Bulletin of Missionary Research
With in-depth analyses of worldwide Christianity and mission-focused
book reviews, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research—fully
searchable online—is a premier source of information on the world church
in mission. The IBMR includes feature articles and book reviews written
by worldwide specialists on Christian mission, the “Legacy” series with
engaging accounts of pivotal mission leaders of the last two centuries, the
equally engaging “My Pilgrimage in Mission” series that provides insight
into the lives of some of today’s most distinguished mission scholars and
practitioners, regional surveys, and analyses of important mission documents
and consultations. Maintaining high academic editorial standards, the IBMR
providesaneditorialvoicethat is dispassionate, analytical, fair-minded, and nonpartisan. The IBMR
is available online as a free e-journal (PDF and HTML) or in print (four issues for $23 a year).
Senior Mission Scholars in Residence
Each program year the Overseas Ministries Study Center welcomes senior mis-
sion scholars, who provide leadership in the study program and are available to
FALL 2014: DR. ATUL Y. AGHAMKAR, who researches in the area of
Hindus in the Diaspora, is professor and head of the Department of Missiology
at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India. Previ-
ously, he taught and directed the Department of Missiology at Union Biblical
Seminary, Pune, Maharashtra. Dr. Aghamkar is coauthor of Christian Missions
in Maharashtra: Retrospect and Prospect (2010).
SPRING 2015: RUTH PADILLA DeBORST has been involved in leadership
development and theological education in Latin America for several decades. As
a board member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship she serves on
the networking team of INFEMIT, The International Fellowship for Mission as
Transformation (http://infemit.org). She and her husband, James, live in Costa Rica
and are members of the Casa Adobe community (www.casaadobe.org).
Scholarship Options and Support
Each academic year OMSC invites international Christian workers—especially those engaged in
cross-cultural ministries—to apply for scholarships for residency and study. If accepted, they receive
furnished accommodations and modest living stipends. Scholarships are granted on a competitive
basis. Competition for the available scholarships is keen, and each year many deserving applicants
must be turned down due to a lack of resources. To enable broader participation by international
mission and church leaders, OMSC is working to increase its present level of scholarship fund-
ing. Individuals, churches, mission agencies, and foundations are invited to support this ministry.
Details: www.omsc.org/scholarships and www.omsc.org/donations
Academic Options and Certificate
OMSC offers a certificate in mission studies to those who participate in 240 or more seminar
hours during the program year and submit a final paper (details are online). Work done at OMSC
may qualify for credit toward a graduate degree at other institutions. OMSC has affiliate status in
the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and is a member of the
Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry. CEUs are available to those
participating in the Study Program. Because the number of guest rooms available at OMSC is limited,
please register and reserve a guest room early. A nearby hotel offers OMSC guests a discount.
Board of Trustees
(As of April 2014)
Rev. Dr. David Johnson Rowe, President
Mr. Matthew K. McCreight, Vice President
James C. Whitney, Esq., Secretary
Mr. Edward P. Seibert, Treasurer
Mr. William E. Barker
Dr. Edith L. Blumhofer
Keun Sam Chung, M.D.
Rev. Dr. Casely B. Essamuah
Rev. Larry Fullerton
Rev. Dr. J. Nelson Jennings
Rev. Sun Man Kim
John Nwangwu, M.D.
Rev. Dr. Jung-Hyun Oh
Dr. Lamin Sanneh
Dr. Tite Tiénou
Fr. Luke N. Veronis
Dr. Darrell L. Whiteman
With appreciation: The large-group cover photo is
courtesy of Michael Marsland, Yale University.
OMSC Senior Staff
Director of International
Rev. Jin Bong Kim
Former missionary and church planter
with WEC International in Guinea
among the Fulani.
Director of Finance and
Mrs. Judy C. Stebbins
Former director of administration
and finance for Yale University
Director of Communications,
Publications, and Church
Rev. Daniel J. Nicholas
Former pastor in Vermont and man-
aging editor for the Baptist Conven-
tion of New England.
Director of Property and
Mr. Raymond W. Sola, Jr.
Owner of a residential painting
company and a member of the
Painting and Decorating Contrac-
tors of America.
Rev. J. Nelson Jennings, Ph.D.
Former missionary in Japan and
Theological Seminary, St. Louis.
The Overseas Ministries Study Center seeks to strengthen the Christian world mission by providing residential
programs for the renewal of missionaries and international church leaders, advancement of mission scholarship
through research and publication, and continuing education in cross-cultural Christian ministries.