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Center for Missiological Research

The Center for Missiological Research (CMR) within the School of Mission and Theology draws a community of scholars from around the world to address seminal missiological issues. It supports research and equips students at the highest level for faithful leadership in missiological education and practice. CMR manages the annual Missiology Lectures and organizes colloquia and other events for the research community. Below, find highlighted some of the ongoing programs and the scholarship of School of Mission and Theology faculty, CMR students, and CMR and GRI alumni, with links to more.


Our Programs

Center for Missiological Research oversees the PhD and ThM programs in Fuller’s School of Mission and Theology and also the Global Research Institute (GRI) postdoctoral fellowship program.

A Focus on Scholarly Community

The Center for Missiological Research (CMR) fosters a community of scholarly inquiry in the field of missiology. The CMR Community includes students on the PhD and ThM in Intercultural Studies programs, postdoctoral scholars in the GRI Program, visiting fellows, and the CMR faculty. CMR Community activities include:


Colloquia are events in which our community gathers to engage in dialogue based around a presentation made by either a student or faculty member. These required seminars offer the chance to present an article prepared for publication and can provide some highly engaging debates and collegial critique. Furthermore, these colloquia also present the opportunity for students to be exposed to domains of missiology that are outside the scope of their own research, and which they would probably not encounter otherwise. Once per quarter this takes place as a less formal discussion and fellowship time, a "Salon Missiologique," held in a Fuller faculty member's home.

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Professional Development Activities

The PhD in Intercultural Studies is not only a course of study but also a formation both spiritually and professionally. PhD graduates are likely to teach in seminary or university and also to aspire to publish their dissertation and ongoing research. To aid their professional development, in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Theological Studies (CATS), colloquia are offered on preparing for teaching and on getting published. In addition, PhD students can apply to work as an Instructor in Training (IIT), shadowing a member of faculty and learning the role of a professor.


The CMR hosts two annual spiritual formation events during the academic year: our Community Convocation & Breakfast (in the Fall) and an afternoon colloquium focusing on spiritual formation in the Winter. Both of these events serve as opportunities for members of our community to break from their studies and spend some time in communal fellowship and prayer. Our hope is that these will be highlights of spiritual reflection and renewal, providing an opportunity to unite our community and assist students in connecting their spiritual formation more intentionally with their academic pursuits.



Each year the School of Mission and Theology hosts a series of Missiology Lectures during Fall quarter. Additionally, visiting scholars and other special guest lecturers periodically give special lectures to the CMR community throughout the

Explore the 2019 Missiology Lectures on Techno-Sapiens in a Networked Era: Becoming Digital Neighbors on FULLER studio.

Edinburgh 2020

Center for Missiological Research Colloquium, Fuller Theological Seminary
Wednesday May 13, 2020

The World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910 was such a landmark event for both the missionary movement and for world Christianity that several global bodies organized large-scale centenary conferences: Edinburgh 2010 facilitated by the World Council of Churches, Cape Town 2010 organized by the Lausanne Movement, and Tokyo2010 organized by the Third World Missions Association (now World Link Missions Association), Global Network of Mission Structures (GNMS) and CrossGlobal Link. Ten years on, this colloquium, hosted by Fuller Theological Seminary, brings together missiologists to scrutinize all three events to explore what we learned for mission today.


  • Dr. Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Allen Yeh, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missiology, Clyde & Anna Belle Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University
  • Mr. Dave Datema, Senior Associate General Director, Frontier Ventures, and PhD student in Intercultural Studies, School of Mission and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Todd Johnson, Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Below are a few examples of the publications and ongoing research generated by faculty, students, and alumni of the CMR community. Click on any item for more information.

Joyful Witness in the Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters
Evelyne A. Reisacher
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Relations

The State of Missiology Today: Global Innovations in Christian Witness
Charles E. Van Engen
Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission

Global Renewal Christianity Series
Amos Yong
Dean of the School of Mission and Theology and Professor of Theology and Mission

“The Psalms, Sufis, and Peacemaking: A Case Study from Pakistan”
Presented at the June 2016 American Society of Missiology Annual Meeting
Eric Sarwar, PhDICS Student

“Migrant-Shaped Urban Mission: The Missionary Nature and Initiatives of the Church of Pentecost, USA”
In American Society of Missiology, Vol. 2: Third Wave/Migration
Allison Norton, PhDICS Student

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