International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS)

Association internationale d'étude de la mission
Internationale Vereinigung für Missionswissenschaft
Asociación Internacional de Estudios de la Misión

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23 Aug 1972, Driebergen (Netherlands), following preliminary meetings of European and North American missiologists: 1968, Birmingham (UK); 1970, Oslo (Norway). Constitution adopted 29 Aug 1972, Driebergen; amended 31 July 1974, Frankfurt-Main (Germany FR). Previously also referred to in French as: Association internationale d'études missionnaires.


Promote scholarly study of Christian witness and its impact in the world and of theological, historical, and practical questions relating to mission; disseminate information concerning mission among all those engaged in such studies and the general public and publish the results of research; relate studies in mission to studies in theological and other disciplines; promote fellowship, cooperation and mutual assistance in mission studies; encourage creation of centres of research.

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2020 Sydney, Australia – Quadrennial Conference

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Organizes international conferences of missiologists; arranges meetings designed for the study and discussion of a particular missiological theme, with forums, discussion groups, Bible study, workshops, excursions; organizes international working groups; offers consultations. Study Projects: Biblical Studies and Mission; Church as Healing Community; Project for Archives, Documentation and Oral History (PADOH).


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  • Research, Standards
    • Study
  • Religious Practice
    • Missions
  • Theology
    • Christianity

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