Wilbert R. Shenk

Senior Professor of Mission History and Contemporary CultureSchool of Intercultural Studies

Contact Information
BA, Goshen College
MA, University of Oregon
PhD, University of Aberdeen

Wilbert Shenk joined the School of Intercultural Studies faculty in 1995. He has previous experience as director of the Mission Training Center and associate professor of mission at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1990–95); director of the Overseas Ministries Division of the Mennonite Board of Missions (1965–90); and a teacher in Indonesia (1955–59).

Among Shenk’s more recent publications are North American Foreign Missions, 1810–1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy (2004), Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History (2002), By Faith They Went Out: Mennonite Missions, 1850–1999 (2000), and Changing Frontiers of Mission (1999). He was a consulting editor of the Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations (2007) and the History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973–2013 (2014). In 2006, Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation, edited by James R. Krabill, Walter Sawatsky, and Charles E. Van Engen, was published in Shenk’s honor.

Shenk is a founding member of the American Society of Missiology and served as its secretary-treasurer (1988–89) and president (1995). He is also a member of the International Association for Mission Studies. Shenk coordinated the Missiology of Western Culture Project (1992–98) and was North American coordinator, North Atlantic Missiology Project/Currents in World Christianity (1994–2000). Additionally, Shenk convened the consultation sponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary in 1998 on the topic “Toward a Global Christian History,” with 45 participants from six continents.

Courses Taught

  • MH500: Global Evangelical Movement
  • MH505: Issues in Mission History
  • MH510: The Making of Global Christianity
  • MH701/801: Methods of Historical Research
  • MI510: Thinking Missiologically
  • MP520: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Macro
  • MP521: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Micro
  • MP522: Transforming Contemporary Cultures—Mezzo
  • MP891: Theories of Modernity and Postmodernity
  • MT527: Lesslie Newbigin: Theologian of Mission and Ministry
  • MT528: Jesus the Missionary
  • MT529: David Bosch: Missionary Theologian
  • MT530: Contemporary Theologies of Mission
  • MT563: Mission Theology and Anabaptist Perspectives

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Mission history, missiology, mission to contemporary culture


Books authored
1975 Bibliography of Henry Venn’s Printed Writings with Index.Scottdale: Herald Press.
1978 Henry Venn as Missionary Theorist and Administrator.Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, PhD dissertation.
1983 Henry Venn—Missionary Statesman. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
1984 The Church in Mission. Scottdale: Herald Press. Russian trans., 1992.
1986 An Experiment in Interagency Coordination. Elkhart: Council of International Ministries.
1987 The American Society of Missiology, 1972-1987. Elkhart: American Society of Missiology.
1988 God’s New Economy: Interdependence and Mission.Elkhart: Mission Focus Pamphlet.
1995 Write the Vision: The Church Renewed. Valley Forge: Trinity Press International.
1999 Changing Frontiers of Mission.Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Korean edn. Trans. Hun-Tae Chang (Seoul: Christian Literature Crusade, 2001).
2000 By Faith They Went Out: Mennonite Missions 1850-1999. Elkhart, Ind.: Institute of Mennonite Studies.

Edited works

1967 A Kingdom of Priests: The Church in the New Nations. Newton: Faith and Life Press; Scottdale: Herald Press.
1973 The Challenge of Church Growth: A Symposium. Scottdale: Herald Press.
1980a “Mission and Politics in the Nineteenth Century: Pieter Jansz’ Tract on Dutch Colonial Policy,” Mennonite Quarterly Review54:2 (April): 83-105.
1980b Mission Focus: Current Issues. Scottdale: Herald Press.
1983 Exploring Church Growth. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
1984 Anabaptism and Mission. Scottdale: Herald Press.
1990a Earthen Vessels: American Evangelicals and Foreign Missions, 1880-1980, co-edited with Joel A. Carpenter. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
1990b Exploring New Religious Movements: Essays in Honour of Harold W. Turner, co-edited with A. F. Walls. Elkhart, IN: Mission Focus Publications.
1993 The Transfiguration of Mission: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Foundations. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.
1997 Conrad Grebel Review15:1 (Winter), “Toward a Global Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Historiography,” co-edited with John A. Lapp.
2002 Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History.Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.
2004 North American Foreign Missions, 1810-1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy.Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
2007 Anabaptism and Mission. Co-edited with Peter F. Penner. Schwarenfeld, Germany: Neufeld Verlag.
2007 Consulting editor, Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations, ed. John Corrie. Nottingham/Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
Articles and Chapters
1960 “The Mennonite Churches in Indonesia,” Mennonite Life15:4, 154-163.
1964 “Issues Affecting Our Task in South and Southeast Asia,” Consultation on Relief, Service, and Missions Relationships Overseas, Chicago: Council of Mission Board Secretaries.
1967a “The Church Amid Tension,” A Kingdom of Priests: The Church in New Nations, 140-144.
1967b “Who is this Christ?” A Kingdom of Priests: The Church in New Nations, 8-22.
1969a “Theology and the Missionary Task,” Elkhart: Mennonite Board of Missions; published in Missiology(1973): 1:3, 295-310.
1969b “The Ecumenical Question and the Missionary Task.” Elkhart: Mennonite Board of Missions.
1970 “The Role of Short-Term Personnel in Missionary Service,” Occasional Bulletin (of the Missionary Research Library), 21:5/6, May-June, 1-7.
1971 “Missions under Divine Scrutiny,” World Vision Magazine15:11, 7-8.
1972a “The Dynamics of Mission,” Mission Focus 1:2, 1-3; reprinted in Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 90-97.
1972b “Missions in Retrospect and Prospect,” Christianity Today 16 (July 28): 8-12.
1973a “Church Growth Studies: A Bibliography Review,” The Challenge of Church Growth: A Symposium, 7-23.
1973b “The Planting and Growth of the Muria Christian Churches,” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 47:1, 20-30.
1973c “The Structure of a Missionary Church,” Mission Focus 2:1, 1-6.
1974a “Missionary Agency and African Independent Churches,” International Review of Mission 63, 475-491.
1974b “The Multiplication of Agencies and the Meaning of Mission,” Mission Focus 3:1, 1-7.
1975 “Christian Conduct in Situations of Conflict,” Evangelical Missions Quarterly 11:3, 174-183.
1976 “Where Are We in Mission Today: Which Paradigm?” Mission Focus 5:1, 1-4; reprinted as “Which Paradigm for Mission?” Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 159-168.
1977a “Authoritarian Governments and Mission,” Mission Focus 5:5, 6-8; reprinted in Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 294-302.
1977b “Church Growth Debate,” Mission Focus5:4, 11.
1977c “The Great Commission,” Mission Focus 5:3, 9-10; reprinted in Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 41-46.
1977d “Henry Venn’s Instructions to Missionaries,” Missiology 5:4, 467-485.
1977e “Henry Venn’s Legacy,” Occasional Bulletin of Missionary Research 1:2, 16-19. Republished in Gerald H. Anderson, et al., eds., Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Mission Movement. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994, 541-547.
1977f “Missions and Politics,” Mission Focus 6:2, 15-16; reprinted in Mission Focus: Current Issues (1980): 303-309.
1978a “Growth Through Mission,” Mennonite World Handbook: A Survey of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches,ed. Paul N. Kraybill, Lombard, Ill.: Mennonite World Conference, 20-31.
1978b “Missionary Congregations,” Mission Focus 6:4, 13-14.
1978c “Missionary Spirituality,” Milligan Missiogram 5:3, 3-5.
1978d “A Tantalizing Idea,” Mission Focus 6:6, 14-16.
1978e “New Patterns of Interdependence,” Mennonite World Mission Consultation. Hesston, Kans.: Mennonite World Conference.
1979a “Church Growth and God’s Kingdom,” Mission Focus 7:2, 21-26.
1979b “‘T’owd Trumpet’: Venn of Huddersfield and Yelling,” Churchman 93:1, 39-54.
1979c “The Church in American Cultural Context,” Theology, News and Notes26:3, 17-20, 26.
1980a “The Changing Role of the Missionary: From Civilization to Contextualization,” ed. C. Norman Kraus, Mission, Evangelism, and Church Growth. Scottdale: Herald Press, 33-58.
1980b “Radical Christian Communities in Contemporary Missiological Theory and Practice,” Barcelona, Spain: Presented at the Mennonite Missionary Colloquium, April 10-13, 1980.
1981a “Rufus Anderson and Henry Venn: A Special Relationship?” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 5:4, 168-172.
1981b Introduction to the English Edition, Samuel S. Haury, Letters Concerning the Spread of the Gospel.Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, iii-viii.
1982a “The Missionary and Politics: Henry Venn’s Guidelines,” Journal of Church and State 24:3, 525-534.
1982b “Mission im Wandel, 1945-1980,” Mennonitisches Jahrbuch 1982, 20-28.
1983a “Kingdom, Mission, and Growth,” Exploring Church Growth, 207-217.
1983b “Opposition to the Apostolic Witness in Acts,” Mission Focus11:4, 52-54.
1983d “An Overview of Africa.” Elkhart: Mennonite Board of Missions.
1983e “Mission: Toward the Year 2000.” Elkhart: Mennonite Board of Missions, 23 pp. Study paper.
1984 “The ‘Great Century’ Reconsidered,” Missiology12:2, 133-146; also in Anabaptism and Mission (1984): 158-177.
1985 “The Contribution of Henry Venn to Mission Thought,” Anvil2:1, 25-42.
1987a “The Future of Mission,” International Review Mission, 76:301, 59-63.
1987b “Mission in Transition: 1972-1987,” Missiology15:4, 419-430.
1988 “Conversion as an Inter-cultural Process,” Harvard Workshop on Conversion, Cambridge, MA, May.
1989 “A Developing Missiological Vision: Mennonite Writings on Mission, 1970-1989.” Elkhart: IN: Mennonite Board of Missions. Pp. 27.
1990a “The Origins and Evolution of the Three-Selfs in Relation to China,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research14:1 (Jan.): 28-35.
1990b “Church Growth Movement” (pp. 271-72), “Evangelism-in-Depth” (p. 417), in Daniel G. Reid, et. al., eds. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 271-272.
1990c “Contextualization” (201), “J. D. Graber” (351f.), and “Mission Boards” (592-594), eds. C J. Dyck and Dennis D. Martin, Mennonite Encyclopedia V, Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House.
1990d “A Developing Missiological Vision: Mennonite Writings on Mission, 1970-1989,” in ed. Calvin E. Shenk, A Relevant Anabaptist Missiology for the ‘90s. Elkhart, Ind.: Council of International Ministries, 43-61.
1990e “North American Evangelical Missions Since 1945: A Bibliographic Survey,” Earthen Vessels: American Evangelicals and Foreign Missions, 1880-1980. Ed. Joel A. Carpenter and Wilbert R. Shenk. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 317-334.
1990f “The Contribution of the Study of New Religious Movements to Missiology,” Exploring New Religious Movements: Essays in Honour of Harold W. Turner. Eds. Wilbert R. Shenk and A. F. Walls. Elkhart, Ind: Mission Focus Publications, 179-205.
1990g “Highlights of Mennonite History, 1945-1990,” in Mennonite World Handbook. Ed. Diether Goetz Lichdi. Carol Stream, Ill.: Mennonite World Conference, 127-136.
1990h “Report on a European Assignment,” Gospel and Our Culture(North America) 2:2 (Oct.):1-2.
1991a “Church Growth,” in Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement. Geneva/Grand Rapids: WCC Publications/Eerdmans, 181f.
1991b “Missionary Encounter with Culture,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research15:3 (July): 104-109.
1991c “Missioner söker sin roll i Guds mission” [Missions in Search of Mission], Svensk Missionstidskrift79:2, 1-10.
1991d General Introduction, to Translation as Mission: Bible Translation in the Modern Missionary Movement, 1792-1992,by William A. Smalley. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, ix-xiii.
1991e General Introduction, to The World Is Too Much With Us: “Culture” in Modern Protestant Missions, 1792-1992, by Charles R. Taber. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, ix-xiii.
1991f “Canvassing the Future,” Gospel and Our Culture(North America), 3:2 (July): 4-5.
1991g “Report on a European Assignment (Part 2),” Gospel and Our Culture(North America) 3:1 (March):2-4.
1992 “Reflections on the Modern Missionary Movement: 1792-1992,” Mission Studies 9:1 [17], 62-78.
1993a “The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts: Moving Beyond Word and Deed,” Missiology 20:1 (Jan.): 65-75.
1993b “The Relevance of a Messianic Missiology for Mission Today,” 19-38, and “Messianic Mission and the World,” 155-179, in The Transfiguration of Mission, ed. Wilbert R. Shenk. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.
1993c “Missionary Strategy,” Toward the 21st Century in Christian Mission. Eds. James M. Phillips and Robert T. Coote. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 218-234.
1993d “The Culture of Modernity as a Missionary Challenge,” in eds. Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and Paul Pierson, The Good News of the Kingdom. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 192-199. (Essays in honor of Arthur F. Glasser) Published in Swedish: “Den Moderna Kulturen som Missionssutmaning,” Svensk MissionstidskriftNr 2 1993 A 81, 6-16.
1993e “Missions in Search of Mission: The Changing Fortunes of the Mission Agency,” Mission Focus: Annual Review1, 83-91.
1994a “Encounters with ‘Culture’ Christiantiy,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research18:1 (Jan.): 8-13.
1994b The Future of Mission in Japan[in Japanese] (Tokyo: Inochi-no Kotoba), 1-108. Four chapters: (1) Mission in Transition; 2) The Modern Mission Paradigm and Its Transformation; 3) Contributions of New Religious Movements to Missiology: Two Case Studies; 4) Toward Contextualization: Three Stages of the Modern Mission Paradigm.
1994c “The Legacy of Claudius Buchanan,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research18:2 (April): 78-84. Republished in Gerald H. Anderson, et al., eds., Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Mission Movement. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994, 255-263.
1994d “From Mission to Church: A Response,” Brethren in Christ History and Life17:2 (Aug): 157-172.
1994e “The Role of Theory in Anglo-American Mission Thought and Practice,” Mission Studies11:2,22 (1994): 155-172.
1994f “The North American Missionary Enterprise: A Missiological Assessment,” Council of International Ministries Consultation, December 13 (unpublished).
1995a “Missions and Outreach: The Anabaptist Heritage,” in Anabaptist Currents: History in Conversatin with the Present,ed. Carl F. Bowman and Stephen L. Longenecker (Bridgewater: Forum for Religious Studies, Bridgewater College), 289-301.
1995b “Eine Missionslehre fuer den Westen,” Das Evangelium in unserer pluralistichen Gesellschaft. Hamburg: EMW Informationen, 107 (November), 76-85.
1996a “Mission and Service and the Globalization of North American Mennonites,” Mennonite Quarterly Review70:1 (Jan.): 7-22. Also published in Unity Amid Diversity: Mennonite Central Committee at 75. Akron, Pennsylvania: Mennonite Central Committee, 109-121.
1996b “The Role of Theory in Mission Studies,” Missiology24:1 (Jan.): 31-45.
1996c “Toward a Global Church History,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research20:2 (April): 50-57. See 1997a for alternate version.
1996d “The Training of Missiologists for Western Culture,” in eds. J. Dudley Woodberry, Edgar J. Elliston, and Charles E. Van Engen, Missiological Education for the Twenty-first Century:The Book, the Circle, the Sandals. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 120-129.
1996e “The Mission Dynamic,” in eds. Willem Saaymen and Klippies Kritzinger, Mission in Bold Humility: Responses to the Missiology of David Bosch. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 83-93.
1996f “The Twenty-first Century of Mission,” Mission Focus: Annual Review4, 75-80.
1997a “A Global Church Requires a Global History,” Conrad Grebel Review 15:1 (Winter): 3-18. See 1996c for alternate version.
1997b “Mission, Renewal, and the Future of the Church,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 21:4 (Oct.), 154-159. See 1998b.
1997c Foreword to Who Do You Say That I Am?by Calvin E. Shenk. Scottdale, Penn.: Herald Press, 13-15.
1997d General Introduction, American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice,by Dana L. Robert. Macon, GA: Macon University Press, ix-xiii.
1998a Eighteen entries, in Gerald H. Anderson, et al., eds. Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions.New York: Simon & Schuster.
1998b “The Priority of Mission for Renewal of the Church,” in Stephan Holthaus and Klaus W. Mueller, eds., Der Mission Die Theologie: Festschrift fuer Hans Kasdorf zum 70. Geburtstag.Bonn, Germany: Verlag fuer Kultur und Wissenschaft, 270-80. Revision of 1997b. Republished in Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum28:1 (Spring 1999): 101-112.
1998c Review: Christianity in China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present, in Church History67:2 (June): 440-442.
1998d “Lesslie Newbigin’s Contribution to Mission Theology,” The Bible in TransMission(special issue) (Swindon, U.K.: Bible Society), 3-6.
1998e Articles in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr/Siebeck, 4th ed.): v. 1: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (398), Anderson, Rufus (468), Buchanan, Claudius (1817); v. 2: Church Growth Movement (365), Comprehensive Approach (441), Davis, J. Merle (603), Dennis, James Shepherd (666), Division of Overseas Ministries (887), Drei-Selbst-Bewegung (855-56), Dynamic Equivalence (1037), Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (1690); v. 5: Mott, John R. (1553); v. 7: School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary (964); v. 8: U.S. Amerika Mission (855-56), Venn, Henry (930-31).
1998f “A Tribute to Bishop Newbigin,” Gospel and Our Culture(North America) Special Edition, 4.
1999a Review: “Tot heil van Java’s arme bevolking”: Eenkeuze uit het Dagboek (1851-1860) van Pieter Jansz, doopgezind zendeling in Jepara, Midden-Java, edited with introduction by A. G. Hoekema, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 23:2 (April): 86f.
1999b “The Church in Pluralistic North America: Decentering Conviction,” in eds. David W. Shenk and Linford Stutzman, Practicing Truth—Confident Witness in Our Pluralistic World. Scottdale, Penna.: Herald Press, 156-170.
1999c “Writing the Vision,” Theology News and Notes46:4 (Dec.): 16-18, 22.
2000a Review: Revolution of the Spirit: Ecumenical Theology in Global Context. Essays in Honor of Richard Shaull,inMissiology 28:1 (Jan.): 121-122.
2000b Review: Missiology: Its Subject Matter and Method. A Study of Mission-Doers in Madagascar, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research24:1 (Jan.): 40.
2000c “Lesslie Newbigin’s Contribution to Mission Theology,” International Bulletin of Missionary Theology24:2 (April):58-64.
2000d “Christian Mission an d the Coming ‘Clash of Civilizations,’” Missiology28:3 (July): 291-304.
2000e Review: Religious Change: Conversion and Culture, Lynette Olsen, ed., Journal of Religious History24:2 (June):213-14.
2000f Articles: Modernity and Mission; Modernization; Venn, Henry; Walls, Andrew; Warren, Max A. C., Evangelical Dictionary of World Mission, eds. A. Scott Moreau, Charles Van Engen and Harold A. Netland. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House.
2001a Developments in the Theology of Mission since 1990, Epilogue to David J. Bosch, Transforming Mission. Japanese edition. Tokyo.
2001b Review: Missionary Responses to Tribal Religions at Edinburgh 1910, by J. Stanley Friesen, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research25:1 (Jan.): 38, 39.
2001c “Mennonites in Asia,” The Dictionary of Asian Christianity, Scott W. Sunquist, ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 537-38.
2001d “Leadership of Mennonite Missions, 1945-1985,” Mission Focus: Annual Review 8:43-53.
2001e Review: Nothing But Christ: Rufus Anderson and the Ideology of Protestant Foreign Missionsby Paul William Harris (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), Missiology29:2 (April): 249-250.
2001f Review: The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999,Kevin Ward and Brian Stanley, eds. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), International Bulletin of Missionary Research25:3 (July): 131-132.
2001g Review: The Church Mission Society and World Christianity, 1799-1999, Kevin Ward and Brian Stanley, eds. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), Evangelical Missions Quarterly37:3 (July): 379-380.
2001h “Mission Theology,” Mission Focus: Annual Review9:92-106.
2001i “Mission for the Twenty-First Century: A Protestant Perspective,” in Stephen Bevans, SVD and Roger Schroeder, SVD, eds., Mission for the Twenty-First Centuiry(Chicago: Chicago Center for Global Ministries, 2001). Papers from the Symposium and Consultation Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Techny and the 125th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Society of the Divine Word. Pp. 43-58.
2002a Review: Missions: Cross-Cultural Encounter and Change in Western India, by M. D. David (New Delhi: ISPCK, 2001), Missiology30:2 (April): 253.
2002b Review: A Scandalous Prophet: The Way of Mission after Newbigin, Edited by Thomas F. Foust, George R. Hunsberger, J. Andrew Kirk, and Werner Ustorf (Grand Rapids: Eerdman.), Evangelical Missions Quarterly 38:4 (Oct.): 524-25.
2002c Introduction, Enlarging the Story: Perspectives on Writing World Christian History,Edited by Wilbert R. Shenk (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books), xi-xvii.
2002d “Church Growth,” in ed., N. Lossky et al, Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement(Geneva: WCC Publications, 2nd ed.), 202-3.
2002e Short review: Lesslie Newbigin: A Theological Life, by Geoffrey Wainwright (New York: Oxford University Press), Church History71:3 (Sept.): 672.
2003a “Believing without belonging? Reflections on the Consultation,” International Review of Mission92:365 (April): 231-38.
2003b “Die täuferischen Wurzeln” (pp. 7-29) and “Der Mennoniten und das Evangelikale Netzwerk” (pp. 117-40), in (hrsg.) Heinrich Klassen und Johannes Reimer, Mission Im Zeichen des Froedems: Beiträge zur Geschichte täferisch-mennonitischer Mission(Lage, Deutschland: Logos Verlag).
2003c “Go Slow Through Uyo: Dialogue as Missionary Method,” in Inus Daneel, Charles Van Engen and Hendrik Vroom, eds., Fullness of Life for All. Essays in honour of Jerald Gort (Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi), 329-40.
2003d “The Intercultural Learning Process as a New Model of Mission,” in MarthaFrederiks, Meindert Dijkstra and Anton Houtepen, eds., Towards an intercultural theology.Essays in honour of Jan A.B. Jongeneel (Zoetermeer: Uitgeverij), pp. 77-87.
2003e “American Society of Missiology,” New Catholic Encyclopedia(Detroit: Gale-Thomson, 2nd edition), I:353-54.
2003f “After Bosch: Toward a Fresh Interpretation of the Church in the World of East Asia in the Twenty-first Century,” Mission Focus: Annual Review 11 (2003, Supplement):8-21.
2004a “Missiology,” III:1247-54; “John R. Mott,” III:1319-20; “World Council of Churches,” IV:2045-49; “World Missionary Conference,” IV:2049-52, in Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., Encyclopedia of Protestantism. 4 vols. (New York: Routledge, 2004).
2004b Introduction, North American Foreign Missions, 1810-1914: Theology, Theory, and Policy, ed. Wilbert R. Shenk (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), 1-8.
2004c “After Bosch: The Church in the World of Asia in the Twenty-first Century,” UBS Journal2:2 (September), 1-16.
2004d Preface to Land of Revelation: A Reconciling Presence in Israel,by Roy H. Kreider (Scottdale, Penn.: Herald Press), 9-15.
2005a “Contextual Theology: The Last Frontier,” in Joel A. Carpenter and Lamin Sanneh, eds., The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West, and the World (New York: Oxford University Press), 191-212.
2005b “New Wineskins for New Wine: Toward a Post-Christendom Ecclesiology,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research29:2 (April):73-79.
2005c Review of Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, by Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004), International Bulletin of Missionary Research29:2 (April): 98.
2005d Preface to A Gentle Wind of God: After 75 years Africa Revival still impacts North America, by Richard MacMaster with Donald R. Jacobs. Scottdale: Herald Press.
2005e “Mission in Global Perspective,” Mission Focus: Annual Review13:82-91.
2005f “Mission in Anabaptist Perspective,” Mission Focus: Annual Review13:97-106.
2006a Brief review: Holiness Abroad: Nazarene Missions in Asia,by Floyd T. Cunningham (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2003), in Church History75:1 (March): 238.
2006b “The Missionary Encounter with Culture since the Seventeenth Century,” in Charles H. Kraft, ed., Appropriate Christianity(dedicated to Dean S. Gilliland). Pasadena: William Carey Library, 35-48.
2006c Preface to A. Christopher Smith, The Serampore Mission Enterprise(Bangalore: Centre for Contemporary Christianity).
2006d “Is Jesus the only way to God?” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology (Spring):
2006e “Leadership in the Mennonite Tradition: 1920-1960,” in Traditions in Leadership: How Faith Traditions Shape the Way We Lead, ed. Richard J. Mouw and Eric O. Jacobsen (Pasadena, CA: De Pree Leadership Center, 2006), 161-182.
2006f Foreword to Globalizing Theology: Christian Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity, ed. Craig Ott and Harold A. Netland (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books).
2007a “Three Studies in Mission Strategy,” Mission Focus: Annual Review14 (2006): 90, 122.
2007b “Three Studies in Mission Strategy” (8-58), “Mission as Messianic Movement” (109-128), “Mission and Marginality” (227-246), in Anabaptism and Mission, ed. Wilbert R. Shenk and Peter F. Penner (Schwarzenfeld, Germany: Neufeld Verlag).
2007c Review: The Muria Story: A History of the Chinese Mennonite Churches of Indonesia,by Lawrence M. Yoder. Pandora Press, 2006. In Mennonite Quarterly Review81:2 (April): 296-298.
2007d “Contemporary Europe in Missiological Perspective,” Missiology35:2 (April): 125-140.
2007e “The Enlightenment” (1,000 words), “Mission methods and strategy” (1,750 words), “Mission Theory” (1,750 words), ed. Jonathan J. Bonk, Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries.Berkshire/Routledge.
2007f “Revival/renewal,” ed. John Corrie, Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations. (Nottingham/Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press), 344.
2007g Foreword, Mission from a Position of Weakness, by Paul Yonggap Jeong. New York: Peter Lang, 2007, xi-xii.
2008a Review, Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement, ed. Mark D. Baker. Baker Academic, 2007. In Evangelical Missions Quarterly44:1 (January): 128, 130.
2008b “Mennonite Missions and the Academy,” Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network Newsletter11:1 (Spring): 5-7.
2008c “Why missional? Why now?” Canadian Mennonite,August 18, 2008, 13.
2008d “Gospel,” in William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, eds., Global Dictionary of Theology. IVP Academic, 356-358.
2008e “An Overview of Mennonite Missions and Leadership Development in East Asia,” Mission Focus: Annual Review16:133-148.
2008f “The Future of the Christian World Mission” [Japanese translation], The Journal of the Japan Missiological Society2:4-30. Keynote address to Japan Missiological Society, July 2007.
2009a “Paying attention to people as gratitude,” in Eric O. Jacobsen, ed., The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders, 171-179. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. In Missiology37:1 (January): 125-126.
2009b Review: The Kingdom of Character: The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions (1886-1926),by Michael Parker.
2009c Response to Hassan’s ‘The Qur’anic Perspective on Religious Pluralism’ and Harris’s ‘I Am As My Servant Thinks of Me,’ in M. Abu-Nimer and D. Augsburger, eds., Peace-building By, Between and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians,111-113.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
2009d “Social Location and Christian Identity: Some Historical Perspectives,” co-authored with Alvin C. Dueck, in Muhammed Abu-Nimer and David Augsburger, eds., Peace-Building by, between and beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians, 115-127. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
2009e “Jesus and Mission,” with Jennifer Davis Sensenig, in James R. Krabill and David W. Shenk, eds., Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21stCentury.Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 185-197.
2009f Foreword, to L. Paul Jensen, Subversive Spirituality, Transforming Mission. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, xvii-xix.
2009g “Recasting Theology of Mission: Impulses from the Non-Western World,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research25:3 (July):98-107. Republished in Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity,eds. Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, 116-132. Maryknoll: Orbis Books,.
2009h “‘Ancient Churches’ and Modern Missions in the Nineteenth-Century,” in Richard Fox Young ed., India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding—Historical, Theological, Bibliographical—in Honor of Robert Eric Frykenberg, 41-58. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
2009i Review: A New Vision for Missions: William Cameron Townsend, the Wycliffe Bible Translators, and the Culture of Early Evangelical Faith Missions, 1896-1945by William Lawrence Svelmoe, American Historical Review.
2010a “Dr. Ralph Winter and the American Society of Missiology,” Missiology 38:1 (January): 92-93.
2010b “Missions,” in Philip Goff, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America . Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 228-241.
2010c Foreword, Norman E. Thomas, Missions and Unity: Lessons from History, 1792-2010.Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, xi-xiii.
2010d “On Reading David Shank,” Mission from the Margins: Selected Writings of David A. Shank, ed. James R. Krabill. Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 3-8.
2011a Foreword, Jan A.B. Jongeneel, Jesus Christ in World History, xvii-xx. Bangalore, India: Centre for Contemporary Christianity.
2011b Review: The Dynamics of Christian Mission: History through a Missiological Perspective, by Paul E. Pierson. Pasadena, CA: William Carey International University Press, 2009, Missiology39:1 (January):127.
2011c “Covenant of Light,” Contemporary Christian2:4 (May 2011): 9-14. Commencement address, Indian Institute of Theology and Mission, Bangalore, India, February 15, 2011.
2011d Review: German Moravian Missionaries in the British Colony of Victoria, Australia, 1848-1908: Influential Strangers, by Felicity Jensz. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2010. Missiology39:3 (July): 413.
2011e “Recollections and Reflections (about David J. Bosch),” in J.N.J. Kritzinger and W. Saayman, comps. and eds., David J. Bosch: Prophetic Integrity, Cruciform Praxis,57-60.Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Cluster Publications.
2011f “The Legacy of James Stephen,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35:4 (October): 217-22.
2011g “Challenging the Academy, Breaking Barriers, in William R. Burrows, Mark Gornik and Janice A. McLean, eds., Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls,35-50 (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis).
2011h Review: Mission in the Spirit: Towards a Pentecostal/Charismatic Missiology,by Julie C. Ma and Wonsuk Ma. Oxford: Regnum Books, in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church11:4 (November): 337-39.
2012a “The Missiology of Western Culture Project,” in John Corrie and Cathy Ross, eds., Mission in Context: Explorations Inspired by J. Andrew Kirk,169-85.Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
2012b “A Tribute to Dr. Gerald H. Anderson, Missiology40:1 (January): 83-86.
2012c “The Global Mennonite History Project: Musings,” in Mission Focus: Annual Review 19: 256-59.
2012d Review: The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion, by Elmer John Thiessen. Downers Grove: IVP/Academic, 2011, in Christian Scholars Review41:3 (Spring): 340-43.
2012e Review: Tranquil City of Light. In International Bulletin of Missionary Research36:3 (July): 170.
2012f “Theological Education in Historical and Global Perspective,” in Mark T. B. Laing and Paul Weston, eds., Lesslie Newbigin’s Global Theological Legacy: ACentenaryCollection,221-4.(Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock).
2013a “World Christianity Today: North America,” in Mission and Theology31 (Spring): 90-119.
2014a Introduction: John Howard Yoder’s Mission Theology. In John Howard Yoder, Theology of Mission: A Believers Church Perspective,ed. Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker, 13-33. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.
2014b History of the American Society of Missiology, 1973-2013. Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies.
2014c “The Theological Impulse of Evangelical Expansion,” in Donald M. Lewis and Richard V. Pierard, eds., Global Evangelicalism: Theology, History, and Culture in Regional Perspective,38-59 (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic).


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