There have been fraud e-mails sent in Mika Vahakangas’ name and phone calls in the name of alleged executive committee members to IAMS members claiming that an executive member has got stuck in Philippines and is in need of money. THAT ALL IS FRAUD, based on googling Mika, executive members and IAMS members. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY! No IAMS executive or IAMS member has got stuck in Philippines!

Conversions and Transformations:
Missiological Approaches to Religious Change

14th Assembly

Seoul, South Korea, August 11-17, 2016

This 14th IAMS Assembly will examine issues of conversion and religious change from the multiple perspective shaping contemporary mission studies. We welcome papers on mission, conversion, transformation and the various missiological approaches to religious change from the perspective of the main fields of the IAMS Study Groups, as well as from other scholarly fields of study. Other paper topics are welcomed, too, provided they contribute to the wider exploration of Christian mission and mission studies.


Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS)
25-1, Gwangjang-ro 5-gil, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Website: http://www.puts.ac.kr/english/renew/

Campus Map: Illustrated PUTS site map

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Programme (PDF download)

Please note the programme is tentative and might be subject to change.


Speakers include:


As the assembly is taking place at PUTS, you will have the option of either staying on campus or in a hotel (Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel) not far from the PUTS. Obviously, there is a difference in price depending on your choice (please see below).

Please note that the dorms are separated according to gender and bathrooms and showers are in the corridor. If you are registering as a couple or have certain medical conditions that require a bathroom in the room, we have a few rooms available, however, it will be on a first come first serve basis. Please specify this information in the Other Information section when registering for the assembly.

If you are staying at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel, transportation will be provided in the morning prior to and the evening after the programme is over.

While the hotel is within walking distance of PUTS, please be aware August weather is normally hot and humid and that the hotel is on the top of the hill.


The fees charged are depending on your choice of accommodation, the following options are available:

Prices below are tentative and subject to change

a Dorm 1 participant, dorm, fee & full board
Sharing a room with up to 3 others
b Dorm 2 persons, dorm, 1 participant fee & full board, 1 non-participant
NOTE: book meals separately for non-participant
$950.00 + $300.00
c Hotel 1 participant, 1 room, fee, lunch & dinner at campus
NOTE: Hotel breakfast is not included
d Hotel 2 participants, 1 room, fee, lunch & dinner (x2) at campus
NOTE: Hotel breakfast is not included
$1,200.00 each
e Hotel 2 people, 1 room, 1 participant fee & lunch & dinner, 1 non-participant
NOTE: Book meals separately for non-participant and hotel breakfast is not included
$1,200.00 + $600.00
f Daily Rate If you are local and plan to attend the Assembly, the daily rate will be $35.00 pp

Please note we charge a non-refundable deposit of $100.00

Transportation to/from Incheon International Airport

Transportation to and from Incheon International Airport will be provided on the 11th and the 17th (times still to be decided depending on flight information), therefore it is essential that you enter your flight details by 15th July on your registration form in order to be included.

If you are not able to use the transportation provided, please note that limousine buses go between the airport and the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel. For more information on transportation, please click here.

Click here for the airport guide.

Visa information

It is your responsibility to make sure you have the necessary documents to enter South Korea. IAMS can help with an invitation letter; however, it will require you to have registered for the Assembly. If you need such a letter, please contact the Secretariat (contact information below).

For more visa information click here.

Subsidy application guidelines and application form

IAMS may be able to give either a full subsidy for the fee and flight or partial depending on funding received. To see if you are eligible for a subsidy, please read the guidelines on the application form (Word document 35kb).

If you fill out an application form, please e-mail it to the secretariat.

The deadline for applying for a subsidy is 15th December 2015.

Register for Assembly

The member database will be used as the tool to register for the assembly.

If you are already a member of IAMS, assembly registration must be made by logging into your member’s profile page in the normal way and following the link to the new registration page.

If you are not a member but want to attend the Assembly, you can either sign up to become a temporary “Assembly Only” member (acceptance is automatic), or apply for full membership, supported by the usual two sponsors. In either case, follow the “Member Database” link on the front page of the website at http://www.missionstudies.org.

Once you have filed your Assembly registration, you can always return to it at a later date by logging into your membership account in the normal way at http://www.missionstudies.org/db/login.asp.

Please note that this is new software and you should address all queries, comments and complaints to hugh@desaram.co.uk who will attend to them diligently.


Please note that you can return to the database to update your registration form. For example, you can register now and return to communicate your flight information once your travel plans have been arranged.


Contact information in case of any questions

Address all correspondence to:


Att: Anne Henriksen
C/O Church Mission Society
Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1865 787400 (reception)
Fax: +44 1865 776375

E-mail: secretary@missionstudies.org

Call for Papers

The deadline for abstract submission for the 14th IAMS Assembly has now expired. See full information regarding the Call for Papers

The International Association for Mission Studies

New study groups pages:

Latest IAMS Matters newsletter: IAMS Matters Oct-Dec 2015 [PDF]
Minutes of IAMS Executive meeting February 2014 [PDF]

The International Association for Mission Studies is an international, interconfessional and interdisciplinary professional society for the scholarly study of Christian witness and its impact in the world and the related field of intercultural theology.

After some preliminary meetings, IAMS was inaugurated in Driebergen, The Netherlands, in 1972.  Since then, every four years an international conference has been held on the different continents.  There are now more than 400 scholars who are members of IAMS as well as over 50 institutions that are corporate members.

Every four years, an Executive Committee is chosen by the members and is responsible for the development of the association and charged to organise the next quadrennial conference.  On this Committee, different regions of the world are represented.  The Secretariat of the association is usually taken charge by one of the associated institutions. Currently the Secretariat is located at CMS in Oxford, United Kingdom.

The objectives of the association are:

  • to promote the scholarly study of systematic, biblical, historical and   practical questions relating to mission and intercultural theology
  • to disseminate information concerning mission studies to all those engaged in that and related study fields
  • to promote fellowship, cooperation and mutual assistance in mission studies
  • to organise international conferences of missiologists and intercultural theologians
  • to encourage the creation of centres of research
  • to stimulate publications in missiology and intercultural theology