This collection gathers interdisciplinary studies and research work from all continents, mainly on the history and theology of Christian missions, the mission of the Church, historical and contemporary theological, anthropological, (cross-) cultural, socio-political aspects, (inter-) religious and interdenominational perspectives and developments (trends) of missionary praxis and theory in local, regional and global contexts of Church history, the modern ecumenical movement and world Christianity.

Recent Submissions

  • Mrs. Rosetta Swint Gardner

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 2002-06-08
  • Geraldine Wilkerson Fuller

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 1991-06-18
  • Johnnie Akins

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 1976-04-13
  • Katie Edenfield

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 2002-08-16
  • Mrs. Lula Mae Sikes

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 2010-02-26
  • James Simmons Jr.

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 2005-11-05
  • Bernice Bacon

    Digital Commons@Georgia Southern, 2017-02-11
  • LEAD Legacy

    O'Connor, Sean (DigitalCommons@Cedarville, 2019-01-01)
  • LIFE 2019: A Look Back

    O'Connor, Sean (DigitalCommons@Cedarville, 2020-01-01)
  • Leadership Development Perspectives and Recommendations from Sisters who Served Full-Time Missions during Young Adulthood

    Madsen, Susan R.; Fox-Kirk, Wendy; Lafkas, Sara McPhee; Scribner, Robbyn T. (Hosted by Utah State University Libraries, 2020-01-01)
    Utah is below the national average in terms of women holding leadership roles within nearly all settings (e.g., business, education, government, politics, state boards and commissions, and religious). In fact, figures from Wallet Hub rank Utah 50th as the worst state for gender equality. A more detailed picture is provided by the Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) that reports, in nearly all sectors, the percentage of women in leadership roles lagging national figures. For example, in business, women comprise 32% of managers in Utah, compared with 40.2% nationally. And in terms of state leadership, women represent only 32.7% of state board and commissions. This is the case most often for two overarching reasons. The first is the organizational and societal cultures in Utah (and in most places in the world) that have gendered systems, processes, and practices. The second reason centers on the fact that many women themselves do not have the confidence, aspirations, ambition, or perceived knowledge, skills, and abilities to "lean in" to leadership opportunities. Yet, we argue that Utah women are much more prepared than they might think.
  • “Not All Roads Lead to God, but God Walks All Roads to Reach People.” The Doctrine of Prevenient Grace as a Paradigm for Mission

    The doctrine of prevenient grace in the Wesleyan tradition has always played an important role in shaping the way we understand and participate in the mission of God (Missio Dei) and the role of the church in it. The doctrine of prevenient grace, in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition, continues to shape the understanding of holiness as God’s activity to restore broken relationships. Holiness, as it is often misunderstood, is not a physical separation between what we consider holy and unholy, churchy and worldly, pure and impure, but the redemption of broken relationships (God and humans, humans with each other, humans and creation and human with the self). The goal of this paper is to further explore the theological and missiological bases of the doctrine of prevenient grace, as understood by Wesley, and the practical implication that this doctrine has in shaping the way the church fulfills its missiological call in the world. This paper is divided into three main sections: the first part of the paper will focus on defining prevenient grace and its relationship to the mission of God (Missio Dei); the second part will explore the missiological and theological implications of the doctrine of prevenient grace, and the last part will illustrate practically the theological and missiological motivation of the work of the Church of the Nazarene with refugees in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • „Ne vode svi putovi do Boga, ali Bog ide svim putovima do ljudi“: Doktrina prethodne milosti kao paradigma misijskog djelovanja

    Doktrina o prethodnoj milosti u veslijanskoj je tradiciji uvijek igrala važnu ulogu u oblikovanju načina na koji razumijemo Božju misiju (Missio Dei), naše sudjelovanje u njoj te pripadajuću ulogu Crkve. Ta doktrina nastavlja oblikovati razumijevanje svetosti kao Božjeg djelovanja na obnavljanju narušenih odnosa, napose u crkvama veslijansko-arminijanske tradicije. Svetost, kako se često pogrešno razumije, nije fi zičko odvajanje svetog i nesvetog, crkvenog i svjetovnog, čistog i nečistog, već iskupljenje narušenih odnosa (između Boga i ljudi, ljudi međusobno, ljudi i Stvorenja te pojedinaca sa samima sobom). Cilj je ovog rada dalje istražiti teološka i misiološka polazišta doktrine o prethodnoj milosti, kako ju je razumijevao sam Wesley, kao i praktične implikacije njezine primjene u oblikovanju načina na koji Crkva ispunjava svoje poslanje u svijetu. Rad je podijeljen u tri glavna odjeljka: prvi se dio usredotočuje na defi niranje prethodne milosti te u kakvom je odnosu prema Božjoj misiji (Missio Dei); u drugom se dijelu razmatraju misiološke i teološke implikacije doktrine o prethodnoj milosti, dok se u posljednjem dijelu rada iznose praktični primjeri teološke i misiološke motivacije Crkve Isusa iz Nazareta u radu s izbjeglicama u Zagrebu, u Hrvatskoj.
  • Prestige as the Highest Ambition: Emerging Research Universities and the National Research University Fund

    Taylor, Barrett J; Harbour, Cliff; Trans-Parsons, Uyen; Ryan, Sean Alan (University of North Texas, 2021-05)
    In 2009 the Texas legislature created the National Research University Fund (NRUF), intended to encourage a select group of public doctoral universities in the state, known as emerging research universities (ERUs), to increase their institutional status related to academic research by awarding supplemental financial support for meeting specific policy metrics. Efforts to increase the research status of these universities occurred at a time when public financial support remained stagnate and overall institutional costs increased within the higher education sector. This study utilizes a theoretical approach grounded in strategic action fields and employs panel data and a difference in differences statistical technique to analyze the impact that NRUF policy has in assisting ERUs in achieving R1 status, and how this organizational change impacted access to, and the quality of, undergraduate education. Results indicate that the NRUF policy intervention was not statistically significant for any part of the study. These findings suggest that policy interventions do not matter as much as specific institutional characteristics and the overall policy environment. Enrollment and tuition revenue predicted institutional performance related to academic research and graduate education, while also assisting these institutions in maintaining undergraduate academic quality and access. These cultural and material resources at the institutional level matter, as does how the overall state field prioritizes various aspects of higher education. Given the amount of resources required of the policy, and the general lack of evidence of its positive or negative effects, these indicate that those resources would be more wisely targeted elsewhere.
  • Informacion en derecho. : En defensa de la exempcion absoluta que las religiones tienen de los ordinarios, y de la especial de que los doctrinantes religiosos no sean por ellos visitados de costumbres, ni examinados en el idioma.

    John Carter Brown Library; Franciscans. Provincia de los XII Apóstoles del Perú (Con licencia en Mexico : En la Impre[n]ta de Diego Garrido; mercader de libros, 1621-01-01)
    27 pages, [1] leaves ; 29 cm (fol.)
  • Carta que escriuiò

    John Carter Brown Library; García Racimo, Juan, active 17th century (Con licencia en Madrid : [s.n.], 1671-01-01)
    [4] p. ; 30 cm (fol.)
  • The Eucharistic and Priestly Nature of the Church

    Agrisola, Roland (Author); The Catholic University of America (Degree granting institution); McPartlan, Paul (Thesis advisor); Hütter, Reinhard (Committee member) (The Catholic University of America, 2021)
    The thesis is an attempt to highlight the link between the mystery of the eucharist and the mystery of the Church and how a eucharistic nature of the Church is closely related to the priestly nature and ministry of the whole Church. The eucharistic nature of the Church and her priestly character being inseparably linked provides, in turn, a clear vision, purpose, and guidance to the Church’s apostolic activities especially to the Church’s core mission and pastoral activity, to form missionary disciples. Both chapters one and two begin with the biblical data, and continue with their respective doctrinal development from patristic period through the scholastic period to the modern period. The Church is communion and mission. The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of this communion and mission. The Eucharist, manifests, and builds up the Church as a communion. The final chapter aims to draw the implications of these doctrines on the mission of eucharistic communities to form missionary disciples. The different aspects and stages of formation of missionary disciples are meant to facilitate a eucharistic and priestly form of existence.
  • African Roots of Christianity: Christianity is a Religion of Africa

    O'Reggio, Trevor (Digital Commons @ Andrews University, 2021-01-01)
  • Single Moms, Ex-cons, Professionals, Burnt-out Christians, Conservatives, and Liberals

    WagenerSmith, Anthony (Digital Commons @ Andrews University, 2020-06-01)

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