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 Lund University, Sweden.

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 centers of research
  • to stimulate publications in missiology and intercultural theology



 Conference registration opens Jan 27th here.

The International Association for Mission Studies will convene for its 15th Assembly in Sydney, Australia from July 9 to July 14, 2020. Occurring for the first time in Oceania, the IAMS Assembly will be hosted by the Australian Association for Mission Studies and the meeting will take place at Morling College in greater Sydney.

More information about the event can be found here and here.


  • Proposals for Thematic Panels are due by September 30 2019.
  • Paper proposals of 250 words, whether for Study Groups or Thematic Panels, are due by November 30 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their papers in January 24 2020.
  • Conference registration opens January 27.
  • Draft papers of 2000 words are due 31 May 2020.

Panel and paper proposals should be sent to: conferencepapers2020@missionstudies.org.

For general questions regarding the conference: conferencesecretary2020@missionstudies.org.


 IAMS Facebook Page

IAMS Facebook page is the place to go to for most IAMS related news and information. It is not necessary to be a member to join, the group is open for all scholars interested in missiology, global Christianity and related subjects.


New books series for IAMS

Theology and Mission in World Christianity is a new peer-reviewed series which treats theology, mission, and the interface between them in view of the development of world Christianity. It is edited by Kirsteen Kim, Stephen B. Bevans and Miikka Ruokanen. The series is published by Brill Publishers and also functions as a supplement series for the IAMS journal Mission Studies. The editors welcome scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and outstanding dissertations on contextual and inter-cultural theologies, mission theology, and historical and practical questions relating to mission and Christianity worldwide. For further information, click here.