The International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS)




of the Meeting of the IAMS-Executive Committee

28. January –2. February 1998

at the Missionsakademie, Hamburg



Present:    Chun Chae Ok (President), Paulo Suess, Andrew Kirk, Tim Huffman, Teresa Okure, Jerjes Ruiz, Graham Kings, Stephen B. Bevans, Klaus Schäfer;

John Roxborogh (for DAB), Godelieve Prové (for „Healing“), Willem Sayman (for SAMS);


Apologies:      Joy Thomas; Joseph Mattam.



1.    Welcome and „warming up“


The meeting began on Thursday, January 28., with dinner in the Missionsakademie.


After dinner, the President Chun Chae Ok welcomed the members of the Executive Committee. Besides the regular members of the Committee and Stephen Bevans, who joined the Committee for the first time, she welcomed also the moderators of IAMS Interest Groups, that is John Roxborough and Godelieve Prové, as well as Willem Saayman of the Southern African Missiological Society who was especially invited to take part in the planning process for the next IAMS Conference going to be held in South Africa in the beginning of  the year 2.000. Mrs. Saayman also took part in some of the sessions and joined the Executive, particularly during the meals; she also was welcomed warmly.


Apologies were received from Joy Thomas from India; neither he nor Joseph Mattam, who represented Joy already last time as a substitute were able to attend the meeting.



2.    Finalizing the agenda


The agenda was basically accepted as prepared by the secretary. It was stressed that the major work of the Executive this time was the preparation for the forthcoming IAMS Conference.


Additional items in the agenda related to exposure programs or fellowship and entertainment; these items are simply listed here without a further report:


*    Friday, 30. January, afternoon: Visit to EMW to visit the office of the IAMS Secretariat;

*    Friday evening: Get-together with missiologists of the Theological Faculty of Hamburg University and the Missionsakademie, with exchange on mutual concerns and information about the study of missiology and the status of the subject in German Universities;

*    Saturday evening: dinner outside the Missionsakademie at a tourist spot in the Hamburg harbor, along with Herbert Meißner, Director of EMW; afterwards various entertainment programs of smaller groups.

*    Sunday morning: Worship service in a near-by Lutheran Church.



3.    Minutes of the last Executive meeting (January 1997)


3.1.                  Approval of the minutes


The minutes were approved, and appreciation was expressed for their completeness.


3.2.                  Matters arising


All items which need further deliberations will appear again on the agenda of this Executive meeting.



4.    Reflections on „IAMS-Identity“ and work on the constitution


In a follow-up of the last meeting the Executive started off with a general sharing of opinions on the issue of the identity of the Association. However, the discussion shifted quickly to focus on the identity of IAMS in relation to the Conference. It was felt that to a large degree it is in the Conference that the identity of IAMS established itself. In this discussion there were again elements of a review and evaluation of the Buenos Aires Conference.


The following comments should be noted:


*    One has to clarify the nature of the Conference: Is it an international conference, open for everybody, or is it an assembly of a particular Association. It was held that IAMS is organizing a conference which is basically open for people interested in the programs; and within the conference there takes also place the assembly of IAMS as an international Association (Godelieve).


*    Graham stressed that IAMS and its conferences have to stress the specific purpose of the Association. It is not the same, for example, as a mission conference of the CWME/WCC; the special focus in IAMS conferences is the „S“ in the name IAMS, that is the „Study“ and academic nature.


*    Teresa also raises the question for whom conferences are organized. While it is understood that it is not a conference for missionaries, one should narrow it down too much; people who are praxis-oriented may also bring some impact into a conference.


*    Godelieve also want to stress the study and research aspects; but for her there is often a difference in the way that theological reflection is carried out – there are books and thinking, but there is also the dimension of experience and exposure. It is exactly the cross-fertilisation what makes IAMS conferences so fruitful and brings a certain qualitative research.


*    Tim affirms that the strength of IAMS is the ecumenical and global nature. On the global level there may be different assumptions of what study actually means. IAMS provides an encounter of such various assumptions and gives opportunity for sharing information and research. Space therefore should not only be given for papers and publications, but also for various ways of sharing insights and research.


*    Andrew drew attention to the mission-aspect of the studies carried out within IAMS. The Association should emphasize the missiological dimension of all the other theological disciplines, such as biblical studies, ethics, etc. Its basic concern is the question what mission as a global responsibility of the churches mean and how mission should relate to the other disciplines. Important for IAMS is to have mission as the core, but otherwise to be interdisciplinary. What mission means is, of course, to some extent controversial; some people may emphasize the classical concept of mission and be particularly interested in mission history, while others rather emphasize the contemporary challenges.


*    Teresa stressed that it is important for the Association and particularly for the conference to be in touch with the reality of the members; one should get to know where the participants come from, which challenges they face and how they try to respond to them. Those challenges, we articulate within the Association and during the conferences, force us to rethink and redefine our concepts of mission and our agenda for the involvement of the churches in the world.


- Chun Chae Ok  highlighted the regional and the global nature of IAMS; conferences should have some manifestation of regional concerns and challenges, and the task of the conference is to reflect the input from a region in the dimension of the global church and its missionary obligation.


-   Steve suggested that all these identity issues should fold into the conference process itself. Perhaps it is possible that a committee prepares a five-page position paper on what the membership thinks of the identity of IAMS; and this paper can – as a „talking paper“, to stimulated further reflection - be discussed during the conference. 


*    Klaus and Tim also stress that the process of defining the identity is rather important. Tim states that frustration often comes out of expectations that are not met. The fact with the Conference and with IAMS as such is that people come with different expectations, and some are bound to be disappointed. The right approach is therefore to deliberately honor the variety of expectations.


*    Grahams likes to circumscribe the aims of an IAMS conference in a verbal way; generally one could say that the conference aims at the improvement of God’s mission; and under this aim the conference takes place in order


*    To study, to learn, to rejoice, to share, to journey together, to dialogue, to encounter, to expand etc.


*    Godelieve thinks it is also important to have a write-up on the history of IAMS; one needs to say and be reminded of what it has been, and then one can talk about the issue what it will or might be in the future. It might be helpful to have a short historical sketch prepared for the conference and then later on a longer version in form of a book. Perhaps Frans Verstraelen can be interested to prepare such a write-up on the history of IAMS.


*    This proposal on a write-up on the IAMS history was then followed up. John suggested that we indeed need such a short historical sketch, but that might not be sufficient to provide clarity on the identity of IAMS. We also need to work on a clear mission statement and also a critical analysis of contemporary challenges. Andrew, Steve and Godelieve favored, in various ways, an interpretative history; perhaps somebody could give an brief overall view of the IAMS history, and then individual members should be asked to respond and mark from their respective experience, involvement and perspective major shifts of emphasis within IAMS etc. All this could then also be discussed in small groups.


*    John then stressed in conclusion that the major issue still is where mission is going to. A IAMS conference is certainly not gathering to be told where to go and how to define mission in the future. It is rather a process of discovery. In order to facilitate this discovery process towards an identity statement of IAMS, one should indeed prepare a papers.


5.    Planning for the X. International IAMS-Conference


The planning process for the next international Conference extended over various days of the Executive meeting. The process of shaping the outline and content of the conference was partly carried forward by small groups. In the following it is not possible to report on the process as such, but to spell out the results and to note the important features of the conference items etc.


Before entering into the detailed planning process the Executive discussed on the methodological approach for the conference. The following principles were affirmed:





5.1.                  Venue and date of the Conference




Already during the last Executive meeting it was decided that South Africa should be the first choice for the forthcoming IAMS Conference, provided some requirements were met. In the light of this decision Klaus reported on a visit to South Africa and a dialogue with the friends of the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) which resulted into the invitation of

Willem Saayman to take part in the further planning process for the Conference.


Willem then informed the Executive about ideas and suggestions of SAMS towards the Conference. Regarding the venue he reported about two possibilities: To hold the conference either, as SAMS usually does with its own conferences, on the campus of the University of Southern Africa (UNISA), or to go into a conference center located between Johannesburg and Pretoria; since the accommodation in Pretoria would be a problem – people will be scattered over various hotels etc. -, the suggestion of SAMS itself is to go into a Conference Center.


After some discussion, particularly as far as accommodation, expenses, security etc. are concerned, it was resolved to hold the next IAMS Conference in the Megawatt Park Conference Center near Johannesburg. – Willem and Andrew were requested to already book the Conference Center now, and provide financial means to pay something in advance.




Regarding the date of the Conference the Executive first discussed on the length of the Conference. After an extended discussion it was resolved that the conference, particularly when it meets in a confined Conference Center, should not extend the period of one week; the dates were fixed then for 21.  – 28. January 2000.


5.2.                  Formation of and relation to a local preparation committee


The President thanked Willem for all the deliberations and preparations which SAMS already carried out. The understanding of cooperation for the conference is that the (expanded) Standing Committee of SAMS will function as a local preparation committee which relates to the IAMS Secretariat and the Treasury etc. and will be in charge of all local arrangements.


An open question was whether the international IAMS Conference will coincide with the annual SAMS Conference. The majority of the Executive members favored the suggestion to have only the international Conference and have SAMS members invited for this Conference.


Klaus raised the question of the number of people one could possible expect to attend the Conference. Willem reported that there is already a great enthusiasm in South Africa about the possibility of having the IAMS Conference there. On the other hand, it may not be possible for many South Africans to attend the full length of the Conference; many may not want to stay in the Conference Center either. On the international level there may also be greater attendance than we had in Buenos Aires. Even though it can not be decided yet how many people we will be able to accommodate, it has to be taken care of that the Conference remains „manageable“. 250 people may be a number we should not exceed.



5.3.                  Theme of the Conference


 The Executive spent quite some time to reflect on a possible theme for the Conference. Klaus first recalled the suggestions coming from the Buenos Aires Conference which focused on christiology, reconciliation, and – to a lesser degree – on mission in the next millennium.


The discussion started off with the question whether we should address the issue of the millennium at all in our Conference theme and the content of the Conference. From South Africa there was a suggestion to do so, and other Executive members suggested that at the turn of the century and even the dawn of the new millennium the Conference should look back to history and assess what happened there; the conference could focus then on the one hand on repentance, and on the other hand on an eschatological vision for the next millennium.


However, the discussion shifted then towards the suggestion of Graham to focus strongly on christiology and mission. Along this line it was also emphasized that the Conference should take note of the reality in the world, and particularly the realities in Africa; this reality is on the one hand the reality of suffering and brokenness, but on the other also – particularly lively in the African Independent Churches, but not confined to them – the reality of joy and celebration. The conference, it was agreed, should reflect something of this ambiguity of brokenness and new life, suffering and joy; it should not exhibit a triumphalistic posture, but rather affirm Christ's presence amidst the struggle of people.


Out of these general reflections with various tentative proposals for a theme there emerged, mainly stimulated by interventions of Graham, the following theme: „Reflecting Jesus Christ: Crucified and living in a broken World.“


The formulation „crucified and living“ as well as the reference to the brokenness of the world catches, it was felt, the ambiguity talked about; the formulation „reflecting Jesus Christ“, inspired by 2. Cor. 3:18, on the other hand stands for thinking and reflection – that is the scholarly and academic nature of the conference -, but also for a missiological concern: the church is called to reflect and mirror Christ and radiate something of the new life which Christ gives.



5.4.                  Nature and structure of the Conference


  The extended discussion on general flow and the structure of the conference may best be summarized by the time table which emerged finally. It is enclosed as an appendix to the minutes.


On the background of the time table which finally was approved there were a few major decisions which might be noted here:


*    There should not be simply one key note address; the theme needs to be unfolded by various speakers. There will be three plenary addresses focussing on specific elements of the overall theme:


Plenary I:   „... Jesus Christ crucified...“:

Plenary II:  „... Jesus Christ... living“;

Plenary III: „Reflecting Jesus Christ“.


It is understood that the first plenary paper should also address the issue of the broken world and place the conference theme in the realities of this world.


In addition to these three plenary addresses on the conference theme there will be the Presidential Address and finally the session with a Report of a Listening Group (Conference Report).


All these inputs will be in plenary sessions in the morning from 9.30-11.00 hours. After the papers which are supposed to be rather short (ca. 20 Min.) the plenary will divide in small „Buzz groups“ and then start a plenary discussion.


*    Every morning will be a short worship service.


*    Bible Studies will not be conducted by a Bible Study leader; Bible Studies take place in small groups. The biblical passages for the two sessions: Mt. 17; 2. Cor. 3 and 4.


- An important item on the agenda is the Exposure Program which is going to be conducted in the vicinity of Johannesburg and Pretoria. For this program the Conference is going to divide in small groups which remain in existence throughout the Conference; these groups will already meet during the first evening after the opening worship and have an exposure program on Saturday and also on Sunday (worship in local congregations); after returning on Saturday the people will have time to reflect in their respective groups on the experience; on Sunday evening there will also be a reflection in a small group, but this time it is already the „Mission Study Group“ which tries to understand what the various exposures meant for the topic being dealt with in that group. The Bible Studies too will be done in the Exposure Groups.


*    There will be no Forum Papers, but one session on Research Reporting.


*    We will this time have two sessions for Regional Meetings; the first one is supposed meant for reflection on the overall Conference theme from a regional perspective, the second one is supposed to be for any IAMS business (preparation for election, regional business, reports, exchange of opinions and concerns etc.).


- There will be two IAMS Business Sessions; the first one should take care of the reports of the Secretary, Treasurer, Editor of Mission Studies, explain the proceedings for the election etc. The election will then take place in the second session, along with reports of the IAMS Interest Groups.


*    As in previous IAMS Conferences this conference too will do some of its major work in workshops. However, this time we are going to call them „Mission Study Groups“. These groups should not have a larger number of resource persons who come with papers etc.


It is understood that the work of the Interest Groups is being done  within the framework of the  „Mission Study Groups“; there is not provision officially for additional or different meetings of Interest Groups or IAMS Projects.


The following topics and responsible facilitators have been identified:


1.                Contextual Christologies in Dialogue – CHRISTOLOGY. – Kwame Bediako

2.                Local Church Communities Reflecting the Healing and Reconciling Christ – HEALING. – Godelieve Prové

3.                Reflecting Christ in Contemporary Communication and Media – DAB. – John Roxborogh

4.                The Crucified Christ Living in the Gifts of Women in Mission – WOMEN. – Kang Sun Lee

5.                The Church’s Challenge to Reflect Christ in the Encounter with the Nation and the State – CHURCH and STATE. – Jerjes Ruiz

6.                Christ Crucified and Living in the Context of Ethnic and Racial Conflict – ETNICITY AND CONFLICT. - Jean Marc Ela, Cameroon

7.                Biblical Hermeneutics: Rediscovering the Crucified and Living Christ for our Broken World - BIBLE. – Teresa Okure

8.                Rediscovering a Christian Response to Modernity and Postmodernity - POST-MODERNISM. – Miikke Ruokanen, Finland

9.                Christ and the Quests for Spiritual Fulfillment – SPIRITUALITY. – Paulo Suess

10.           Christ Crucified and Living in the History of Christian Mission – Mission History: The First Millennium – PATRISTICS. – Graham Kings

11.           Christ Crucified and Living in the History of Christian Mission – Mission History: The Second Millennium – MISSION HISTORY IN THE 2ND MILLENIUM. – Dana Robert

12.           Christ Crucified and Living in Displaced, Disposed and Economically Burdened People – JUSTICE. – Molefe Tsele, South Africa

13.           Christ Crucified and Living with Neighbors of Other Faiths – INTER FAITH ISSUES. – Andrea D´Souza, India

14.           Christ Crucified and Living in New Religious Movements and Indigenous Churches –INDIGENOUS CHURCHES. – Allan Anderson

15.           The „greening“ of Christian Mission? – ECOLOGY. – Jackly Cock

16.           New Horizons: Eschatology and Mission in the Third Millennium – ESCHATOLOGY. – Robert Schreiter.



Reports of these Mission Study Groups will not be presented in the plenary, but simply be published in MISSION STUDIES.


*    The Conference should begin and end with a worship. The opening service should have the sermon already on the overall theme of the Conference; during or after the service there should also be a general orientation as to the proceedings and the general flow of the Conference. As speaker for the opening worship. Frank Chikane, South Africa.


*    The concluding service at the very end of the Conference should be a celebration of the Eucharist.


-  The „Celebration“ on one of the evenings should be an African Celebration; it would be wonderful to have Nelson Mandela attending this function. Since we have two evenings left open, the „Celebration“ might be accommodated on any other of the evenings, depending on the convenience of Mandela and other possible guests.



5.5. Identification of speakers and resource persons etc.


While the names of the facilitators for the Mission Study Groups were already noted, it is here to list the names of persons suggested as plenary speakers. The Executive took quite some time to identify names and group the persons according to denominational, regional, gender and other criteria. It might be helpful to note here according to continents the names of persons who could be able to help us to grapple with the overall theme:


Africa:               Kwame Bediako, Molefe Tsele, Teresya Hinga, Isabel Phiri, Ela, Mercy Oduyoye, Kameeta, Kgatla,  Teresa Okure;


Asia:         Hwa Yung, Aloysius Pieris, A. J. V. Chandrakanthan;


Latin America:    Pablo Richard, Elsa Tamez, Maria Clara Bingemann, Elia Lopez;


Europe:     Jürgen Moltmann, Douglas John Hull, Miroslav Volf;


North America:   Walter Wink, Walter Brueggemann.


There are certain guidelines for the presenters:


- The presentations should have as well a missiological, a contextual and a historical/contemporary focus;

- The individual presentations should have the overall theme in view, but highlight a specific aspect of the theme;

*    They may prepare a longer presentation in written form, but the actual presentation should be short, that is about 20 Minutes;

*    The presentations should be provocative in order to get people engaged in thinking and discussion;

*    They may be encouraged to throw out questions.



The choice then was as follows:


1.    Presentation: „... Jesus Christ... Crucified...“ – Teresiya Hinga, Kenya:

2.                      : „ Jesus Christ... Living...“ – Elia Lopez, Mexico;

3.                      : „Reflecting Jesus Christ...“ – Hwa Yung, Malaysia or Chandrakanthan, Sri                                     Lanka.


In addition it was resolved to request Walter Wink (and his wife) to write creatively a conference report and serve also as a reflector throughout the conference.


Chairperson of the Worship Committee: Dr. Kareki.


Organization of Bible Studies: Anselm Prior.



5.5.                  Open questions


There are still questions open which need to be discussed at a later stage. Among organizational matters and suggestions as to facilitate adequate communications during the conference (bulletin board, intercessions by a reflector, daily newsletter etc.), there was the question of Willem whether it would not be adequate to have something as a „David Bosch Memorial Lecture“ or some other way of honoring the memory of David Bosch.


5.6.                  Conference Budget


Andrew and Willem presented a first draft budget on the conference. It was stressed that this is a very preliminary work and that a more detailed budget has to be spelt out over the course of the year. Important is, however, to have as soon as possible the figure we have to charge as conference fees and expenses for accommodation etc.


Willem also pointed out that we have to consider the registration fee etc. for persons from South Africa who may not want to stay in the Conference Center. For full participation he assumed that one probably needs to charge USD 450,- altogether (USD 350,- for accommodation etc., USD 100 for registration fee); local persons would then perhaps have to pay USD 150,-.


The issue of translation was also raised, and it was reported that for professional translation one would have to pay around USD 4.000,-. It was therefore suggested to rather engage „our own people“ and provide translation for French and Spanish; the payment then should be basically for their expenses, which might amount to USD 100,- per person.


On the basis of the conference plans made so fare, the Treasury is going to raise funds and contributions from corporate members towards the conference. Klaus reported that EMW has already sanctioned the release of DM 120.000,- for the conference.


Klaus also reported from discussions and from a correspondence with the „German Association for Mission Studies“ where the question was raised whether subsidies for travel expenses, accommodation etc. could not be given also to participants from Europe and North America. The Executive needs to come back to that issue at a later stage.





6.    Finances


Andrew presented the IAMS Statement on the receipts and payment accounts for the year ended 31st December 1997 as well as the Budget 1998 (s. enclosement).


After some discussion the Committee approved the accounts. Regarding the budget for 1998 it was expressed that the publication of MISSION STUDIES needs to have some additional funds; and also for DAB (homepage) and for BISAM (small consultation) additional funds need to be set aside (cf. the resolutions below). In the discussion of the figures it was pointed out that IAMS will receive back from the consultation of the Patristic Interest Group GBP 2.287,60.


As to the deficit it was expressed that the conference budget will help to keep the Association running. Certain activities can be understood as pre-Conference activities and therefore be part of the conference budget. Nevertheless, there is a need to reflect further on the financial stability of the Association.


After some further discussion Tim moved to accept the budget, along with the additions and corrections made; Graham seconded it. The President expressed thanks and appreciation for Andrew and Stefka who handle all financial matters so well.



7.    IAMS Interest Groups




Godelieve reported that not much actually has happened between the Buenos Aires Conference and now. However, the Interest Group is interested in the theme of the forthcoming conference and will work out its own contribution towards the conference. The idea is to have possibly a workshop of the Interest Group organized prior to the conference where the group would discuss what the contribution of „healing“ might be for the conference at large. Perhaps it is possible to publish major papers of this workshop also in MISSION STUDIES.


The Executive welcomed is great interest and the search for a contribution to the overall conference theme. It was expressed that the issue of healing (for example „healing of memories“ and also reconciliation) is very vital for a conference in South Africa.


The decision to have the work on healing actually accommodated in the conference itself as a Mission Study Group was generally reaffirmed in the light of what the deliberations on healing could contribute to the stimulation and success of the conference.





Teresa reported on the continuing work on a proposal to engage in research and discussion on the use of the Bible by popular religious movements and by common people. A draft proposal has been prepared for that.


The Executive Committee encourages Teresa to further develop this proposal and prepare for a small consultation. It was resolved that in 1998 BISAM should have a grant of GBP 5.000,- for this consultation, and the hope is expressed that this consultation will formulate a proposal for a full-fledged project which will be sent to donor agencies for support.


Patristics and Mission/Mission in the First Millennium:


Graham gave a written report on a small consultation of the Interest Group on Patristics and Mission. It took place in November 1997 in Cambridge and was attended by eight persons. During this consultation quite substantial papers by Winrich Loehr (Cambridge) and Jayakiran Sebastian (Bangalore) were presented which have been submitted to MISSION STUDIES for publication.


The consultation proposed a research project from Mission in the First Millennium for which the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies (CARTS) in Cambridge will take a certain responsibility. The idea is to organize two symposia in the spring of 2001 and in the fall of 2002 and plan for subsequent publications etc. The groups also would like to feed the deliberations on mission in the first millennium into the forth-coming IAMS Conference.


The Executive expressed appreciation to Graham for all the work that already has been done. The group was encouraged to proceed with their proposal and to try to secure funds for it. An issue which was not quite clear is what the relationship of CARTS and IAMS in regard to this project would be in the future; the question of ownership of the project was raised, but it was made clear that IAMS should not press that issue. On the whole the Executive expressed gratitude for this initiative and approves it.





John reported on the development of the IAMS homepage which is functioning now rather well. The aim of 1998 is to link the homepage with MISSION STUDIES, the Interest Groups, and also open, if possible, some discussion groups on the internet. John therefore requested all Executive members concerned to provide any internet-related communication, which should be put on the web-side, to him either by disk or by e-mail.


As to the financial needs of DAB John reported that there would be an annual expenditure of around GBP 55,- for the server etc., and a further need of GBP 30,- for software; helpful would also be a scanner.


The Executive thanked John for the huge amount of work he has put in to improve the communication within and for IAMS; the financial requirements are valid and the Treasury was requested to proved the necessary funds.


John raised as an issue the authorization of authors when articles should not only be published in the journal but also put on the homepage.


A further task is to provide links with other organizations. Andrew suggested to put a list of research projects on the homepage; we could ask our corporate members to provide such information.


Women in Mission: 


After mentioning in MISSION STUDIES that we would like to have a fresh start with an Interest Group on Women in Mission there was some response. Klaus reported that Jocelyn Murray called and expressed her interest to do something with this issue; in addition there is a young German scholar by name of Katja Heidemanns, working with the Missiological Institute Mission in Aachen/Germany, who expressed her interest in this field.


On the other hand, there was a proposal from Kwang Soon Lee, President of the Korean Society for Mission Studies, to establish a project on „Women in Mission“.


The Executive felt very encouraged by these responses. The first round of discussion raised the question whether these two responses, particularly the one from Germany and the one from Korea could not be combined. However, in the course of discussion it was felt that it might be better at this stage to establish a core group and give the responsibility for the Interest Group to the Korean initiative. It was then resolved that Chun Chae Ok should get in touch with Kwang Soon Lee and work on the establishment of such an Interest Group which prepares the work on Women in Mission for the South Africa Conference; Chun Chae Ok will serve as moderator of the group and Kwang Soon Lee as the secretary.


On the other hand, the issue of accessibility of an Interest Group for persons from other regions than North East Asia was also raised; the international character of IAMS should not be undermined.


As to the budget for this group it was resolved that this group may use in 1998 the GBP 300,- which are usually made available to Interest Groups on their request. Funds for a small consultation – according to last year’s decision of the Executive – can not be made available this year. IAMS can afford only one of those consultations each year, and this time the among it assigned to BISAM.





The President once again welcomed Steve and expressed the deep appreciation of the Association for his willingness to serve as the new editor of MISSION STUDIES. The Executive also congratulated Steve for all that already has been done in bringing out the 1997 issue and prepare for the issues of 1998.


Steve then presented a written report and introduced the new style guide and also the system of contributing editors. The Executive approved on these new policies and encouraged Steve’s attempts to strengthen the truly international character of the journal. The budget that Steve presented was also approved and the Treasury is requested to take care of the expenses Steve has already had to get the work going.


The discussion concentrated then on several issues; most of them would later referred to the publication committee consisting of Steve, John and Tim, for further discussion:


*    Advertisements should be accepted if they are consistent with the ethos of the Association; particularly advertisements by corporate members should be accepted;

*    Though there is agreement that we for the time being continue with the printing and mailing from Germany, this issue needs further discussion; publishers in the US – for example Orbis Books – may have difficulties to print and distribute the journal on behalf of IAMS or need to have subsidies which we can not provide;

*    We need to look for ways to raise the subscriptions for MISSION STUDIES;

*    There has to be some research on a more appropriate way of payment for subscriptions; John suggested that a credit card system would probably the easiest way for most subscribers to pay for the journal.


As to the next issues of MISSION STUDIES it was suggested to have one or two issues concentrating on the theme of the conference as well as on the African context. Willem suggested that also MISSIONALIA could bring out a special issue on „Welcome to South Africa“.

9.    Other IAMS publications


It was reported that the manuscript of a book coming from a BISAM project – „In Search of Renewed Biblical Hermeneutics for Mission Studies“ -, edited by John Pobee has been handed over to Bill Burrows of Orbis Books for publication. As yet there is no response from Orbis whether the book will be published by Orbis or not.


Klaus was requested to get in touch with Orbis Books and request them to publish this book; otherwise IAMS should look for a different publisher. Teresa is going to look through the manuscript for any corrections etc.



10.                                                                                                                                       IAMS relations


10.1. Relation to the newly formed „International Association of Catholic Missiologists“ (IACM)


Klaus reported on further information from Rome about the formation of IACM. Meanwhile, a press release has been issued, and IAMS was also requested to publish this notice in MISSION STUDIES. On the whole, the letter from the IAMS Secretariat to IACM and to the Deans of the Missiological Faculties of the Urbaniana and Gregoriana Universities have been on a very friendly level. The responses from Rome assured IAMS that one does not want to establish a rival or parallel association but to foster and stimulate missiological reflection and research among Catholic scholars; many of them are not members of IAMS anyhow.


In the discussion of this development Paulo suggested that Catholic members of IAMS should also be in touch with IACM; it is better to participate in this venture than to boycott it.


After some further discussion it was then resolved to send a letter of the IAMS President to the responsible persons of IACM in Rome, informing them about our interest in a partnership and in friendly relations. We also should seek opportunities for a dialogue, and should perhaps hold the next meeting of the Executive Committee in Rome.


         10.2. Relations to regional meetings of IAMS membership („IAMS-Europe“)


Klaus reported on the initiative of Jan Jongeneel and the Nordic Institute of Missionary and Ecumenical Research (NIME) to hold a European Conference of IAMS members next August in Stavanger. In the background of this initiative was a suggestion of the European Regional meeting during the Buenos Aires Conference to have a regional IAMS meeting between the international IAMS conferences. – Meanwhile, notices of this Stavanger Conference with a tentative program have been sent from Norway to IAMS members in Europe. And Klaus has expressed concern to the initiators that inviting for a conference in the name of IAMS causes confusion if the Executive has not approved this.


After some discussion it was made clear that there is indeed a problem when people initiative something in the name of IAMS. On the other hand there is a genuine concern of European IAMS members to meet; we should not object to that but rather encourage it and render assistance as much as possible. This development can even strengthen IAMS, but it must be made clear that it is not a IAMS event.


Klaus is requested to write to Jan Jongeneel and others accordingly; the Executive welcomes that the Secretary is also attending the Stavanger meeting. If possible, Graham also should represent the Executive at that meeting; a subsidy of GBP 300,- will be made available for Graham towards his travel expenses etc.


        10.3. Relation to Corporate Members


Klaus recalled the initiative of CWM to request IAMS in assisting the corporate members in their missiological reflection and study. Due to time constrains nothing much has happened yet, but the Executive should put this concern before the Conference and also seek some information on the needs of other corporate members.



11.          Location of the IAMS Secretariat beyond the year 2000


Klaus reported about ongoing restructuring discussions within the office of EMW and the churches in Germany in general. In the light of the necessity to reduce staff and since Klaus already had to take up additional responsibilities within the EMW office it will not be possible to continue to host the IAMS Secretariat with EMW after the next Conference. In addition, sometime after 2000 Klaus is going to leave EMW, and at the latest then it will not be possible to assign – after Joachim Wietzke and Klaus Schaefer – another person with responsibility for IAMS. As yet, the matter has been discussed only informally by the EMW Board, but a formal decision on this issue is expected to be taken sometime in early 1999. The support of the cause of IAMS and contributions towards the conferences etc. will certainly continue, according to the capacity of EMW.


 In the light of this development, which is regretted very much by Klaus who can not devote as much time anymore to IAMS as previously, and in anticipation of a decision of the EMW Board the Executive is requested to begin thinking about an alternative place for hosting the Secretariat. Klaus suggested that some informal inquiry should start already during 1998; by the time of the Conference one should have arrived at a solution so that the Conference as the general assembly of IAMS can approve of a new location of the Secretariat and the Secretary.


The Executive Committee accepted this information with the expression of gratitude to EMW for the support rendered over the last 15 years, but also with regret about the new situation.


It was further resolved not to announce this new situation yet or call officially for any suggestions etc. One should rather proceed in an informal way and begin to talk to institutions and persons which might be in a position to take the Secretariat over.


Some of the possibilities which need to be explored were mentioned:


*    Seeds, Rome;

*    Center for Global Ministries, Chicago (Richard Bleeps);

*    CWM, London;

*    Mary Knoll;

*    SAMS/UNISA, South Africa;

*    NIME in one of the Scandinavian countries;

*    Some Catholic institution in India;

*    Catholic Institutions in Dublin, Ireland.


12.          IAMS Archives


Since this matter is also related to a change of the Secretariat it was postponed to one of the next meetings.


13.          Membership Issues


13.1.             Applications for Membership:


The following persons were accepted as new individual members of IAMS:




Dr. Nico Botha, Pretoria, South Africa;

        Dr. Andreas D'Souza, Hyderabad, India;

        Dr. Ulrich Dehn, Berlin, Germany;

        Rev. Line Folaumoeloa, Suva, Fiji;

        Dr. Michael Griffiths, Guilford, England;

        Dr. Christina Kayales, Wobbelbüll, Germany;

        Dr. Dennis R. Lindsay, Birmingham, England;

        Dr. Tiyiko Sam Maluleke, Pretoria, South Africa;

        Rev. Dr. Gnana Robinson, Bangalore, India;

        Dr. Jörg Schnellbach, Filderstadt, Germany;

        Dr. Roger Schroeder SVD, Chicago, USA;

        Bishop Ernest W. Talibuddin, Serampore, India;

        Dr. Charles W. Weber, Wheaton, USA;

        Dr. Frans Wijsen, Nijmwegen, Netherlands;

        Mr. John Casson, Cambridge, England;

        Rev. Valentin Dedji, Cambridge, England;

        Dr. Winrich Löhr, Cambridge, England;

        Dr. Brian Stanley, Cambridge, England;

        Dr. Andreas Feldtkeller, Heidelberg, Germany;

        Rev. Dr. Dietrich Werner, Missionsakademie, Hamburg, Germany;

        Dr. Katja Heidemanns, Missiological Institute Missio, Aachen, Germany;

        Rev. Dr. Sin Hong Kim, Seoul, Korea;

        Prof. Dr. Soo-Il Chai, Chonan, Korea;

        Prof. Ki-Young Hong, Chonan, Korea;

        Prof. Dr. Eum-Soo Kim, Chon-Ju, Korea;

        Prof. Dr. Hee-Mo Yim, Chonbuk, Korea.


As corporate members were accepted:


        The United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore, India;

        The Korean Society for Mission Studies, Seoul.


As associate members were accepted:


        Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Birmingham, England;

        Rev. Valentin Dedji, Cambridge, England;

        Fr. Franz Xaver Scheuerer, Bangalore, India;

        Rev. Graeme Richard Smith, Birmingham, England;

        Rev. Andrea Z. Stephanous, Cairo, Egypt;

        Mrs. Annalet van Schalwyk, Pretoria, South Africa;


Not accepted was:


        Samuel Joe, Monrovia, Liberia;



13.2.             Membership Campaign


The Executive again pointed out the need for a membership campaign. Application forms etc. should be put on the homepage.


But a strategic move to have a meeting in Eastern Europe etc., as considered during the last Executive meeting, is not possible at this stage.


13.3.             Dropping of members/reminders on membership fees etc.


Andrew presented a list with names of those members who have not paid for the last three years. It was resolved simply to drop these persons from the membership rolls; the have not responded yet to several reminders and should therefore not be reminded again.



14.          Date and place of next Executive Meeting


Chun Chae Ok invited the Executive to have its next meeting in Korean; another suggestion – and actually invitation – came from South Africa. However, due to financial reasons it was resolved not to have the meeting somewhere in the far East or South.


The first choice for a meeting should be Rome, because that would give an opportunity to meet with people of IACM. If that is not possible one could have the meeting somewhere in the U.S.A.


The dates of the meeting are January 27 (dinner) – January 31 (after lunch); the place will be Rome.



15.          Miscellaneous: Appreciation for EMW


The meeting closed with an expression of gratitude and thanks for EMW. It was particularly expressed that IAMS is grateful for providing for our accommodation and granting us hospitality during our annual meeting, for the current provision of the IAMS secretariat, and for the grant towards the next conference in 2000 in South Africa.




Hamburg, September 1998


Klaus Schäfer