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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 year.

Join us next year for the 2023 Missiology Lectures on From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: Evangelism in a Post-Christendom Era.

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


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.

The Oxford Handbook of Mission Studies
Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research

Knud Jørgensen

Alison Fitchett-Climenhaga, Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

Migration, Transnationalism, and Faith in Missiological Perspective: Los Angeles as a Global Crossroads
Kirsteen Kim, Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the Center for Missiological Research

Alexia Salvatierra, Academic Dean for Centro Latino and Associate Professor of Mission and Global Transformation

The Missiological Spirit: Christian Mission Theology in the Third Millennium Global Context
Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology and Professor of Theology and Mission

Mission After Pentecost (Mission in Global Community): The Witness of the Spirit from Genesis to Revelation
Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology and Professor of Theology and Mission

The Arts as Witness in Multifaith Contexts
Roberta R. King, Senior Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology

William A. Dyrness, Dean Emeritus and Senior Professor of Theology and Culture

Can White People be Saved: Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission
Love L. Sechrest, Associate Provost and Professor of Theology, Mount St. Mary's University

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson, Professor of Anthropology and Professor of Centro Latino

Amos Yong, Dean of the School of Mission and Theology and Professor of Theology and Mission

Techno-Sapiens in a Networked Era: Becoming Digital Neighbors
Ryan K. Bolger, Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture

Kutter Callaway, William K. Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Associate Dean of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture

Dynamics of Muslim Worlds: Regional, Theological, and Missiological Perspectives
Evelyne A. Reisacher, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Relations

From Malaysia to the Ends of the Earth: Southeast Asian and Diasporic Contributions to Biblical and Theological Studies
Elaine Wei-Fun Goh, Dean of Studies, Seminari Theoloji Malaysia

Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, President, Claremont School of Theology

Jonathan Yun-Ka Tan, Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Amos Yong,Dean of the School of Mission and Theology and Professor of Theology and Mission

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

A Flourishing Faith: Celebrating 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
Fides del Castillo, Associate Professor, De La Salle University Manila Philippines

Mission Strategy in the City: Cultivation of Inter-ethnic Common Grounds
Enoch Jinsik Kim, Associate Professor of Communication and Mission Studies

Mission as Integrated Witness: A Missional Reading of the Foot-Washing Narrative
Jae-Suk Lee, Visiting Professor and Assistant Professor, International Theological Seminary

The Spirit Church: A Spirit Ecclesiology in India
Swarup Bar, Associate Professor, Bishop's College, Kolkata

Unmasking the Male Soul: Power and Gender Trap for Women in Leadership
Wilmer G. Villacorta, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

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