Dr. Peter Steinke, Church – Making the Future Work, Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare

Dr. Peter Steinke, internationally respected author and church consultant, applies systems theory to developing and maintaining healthy congregations. “Church – Making the Future Work” was a one-day seminar presented by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare as a part of the “Equipping for Ministry” Series. Published on Jun 16, 2014

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Religion Resources Updates

Ever since my ADRIS Newsletter days, I’ve become more intrigued by economic and sociological data around the practices of global Christianity, my particular tribe (especially the economics of denominationalism, but I digress). News arrived via the Evangelical Studies Bulletin that the Wheaton College is closing the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and that the Missions Dissertation Database formerly hosted at Yale will be moving to the Overseas Ministries Studies Center.

I learned earlier this year that Nicholas Holland had bought the building that formerly housed the Glenmary Research Center (said Center has moved to Cincinnati, OH).

The Alban Institute has recently relocated to Duke University.

Gary Holloway Appeals on behalf of World Convention

December, 2011

Dear partner in Christian unity:

Great news! Thanks to a generous donor, if you give to World Convention by the end of December, your gift will be matched up to $10,000!

So even if you have already given this year, I ask you to give again. If you have thought of giving but have not, now would be a great time.

These gifts will assist people like Martin Phiri. For years he has worked faithfully as a minister in Kenya, tirelessly spreading the good news of Jesus. With few resources, he is managing (with God’s help) to produce a self-sustaining ministry. What is more, he is on the board of World Convention.

But he does not have the resources to attend our Global Gathering in Brazil next year.

And he is not alone. From Latin America, Asia, and other parts of Africa, we receive numerous requests for assistance to attend the Gathering.

That is why I write you. The question is “Are we a World Convention?” Or are we only a first world convention? Will we have a Global Gathering? Or just a gathering of Brazilians and those from North America, Australia, and other places who can afford to come?

For the next eight months, all donations to World Convention in excess of our annual expenses will go toward funding travel grants to those who want to attend the Global Gathering.

Last week I heard a presentation on the shift of Christian numbers to the Global South. There are now more Christians, and more members of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Latin America, Africa, and Asia than there are in North America and Europe. Yet the overwhelming amount of financial resources is still in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Will we share with our brothers and sisters in need? One way to do that is to give generously to World Convention, to allow us to see them face-to-face in Goiania.

I hope you have registered to attend the Global Gathering. If so, would you help make it possible for others? If you cannot personally attend, you can be there in the person of a brother or sister from another part of God’s world. And whatever gift you give supports our continuing ministry of Christian unity.

God is at work among us! He asks us to join in his work worldwide.



Mission Alive believes that church planting and church renewal must

  • demonstrate the in-breaking of the kingdom of God into contemporary social fabrics so that God’s will “is done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
  • replicate the simple patterns of equipping and sending illustrated by the ministry of Jesus (Luke 10:1-9; John 20:21).
  • embody the incarnation of Christ so that the gospel comes near to sojourners, that is, “spiritually curious but disoriented God seekers” (The Tangible Kingdom, p. 116).
  • refocus the church from a hierarchical, modern pyramid, with religious leaders providing goods and services to the already saved, to a missional wedge sending maturing disciples to serve and speak to the unsaved.
  • move intentionally from theology to spiritually-formative practices to redemptive structures.
  • Mission Alive exists “to discover, equip, and nurture church-planting leaders who will plant Christ-formed churches in suburbs, city centers, poverty areas, and university contexts with unbelievers as the primary target and to partner with churches to plant churches”  We do this by (1) equipping church planters through Discovery, Theology, and Strategy labs, (2) providing church planter care through coaching, spiritual direction, church planter forums, retreats, and conferences, and (3) partnering with churches in missional renewal and church planting.

    Missional renewal of local churches takes place in a ministry called reVISION—Initiative for Missional Transformation.  ReVISION is designed to walk with leaders of existing churches as they pray, think, and plan for leading their churches to more fully express the Mission of God in their communities.  As part of reVISION, ministry leaders and shepherds participate in the Theology and Strategy Labs and take these missional moves to their full church leadership.  Mission Alive then works personally in post-lab orientation(s) to help them reVISION the mission of God and practically equip them to participate in His mission in their communities.

    Currently 15 church planting movements are emerging in six states.

    Learn about missional church planting through this video.

    5th International Digital Curation Conference “Moving to Multi-Scale Science: Managing Complexity and Diversity” Call for Papers

    We invite submission of full papers, posters, workshops and demos and welcome contributions and participation from individuals, organisations and institutions across all disciplines and domains that are engaged in the creation, use and management of digital data, especially those involved in the challenge of curating data for e-science and e-research.

    Proposals will be considered for short (up to 6 pages) or long (up to 12 pages) papers and also for demonstrations, workshops and posters. The full text of papers will be peer-reviewed; abstracts for all posters, workshops and demos will be reviewed by the co-chairs. Final copy of accepted contributions will be made available to conference delegates, and papers will be published in our International Journal of Digital Curation. Accordingly, we recommend that you download our template and
    read the advice on its use

    Papers should be original and innovative, probably analytical in approach, and should present or reference significant evidence (whether experimental, observational or textual) to support their conclusions.

    Subject matter could be policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, tool-based, and so on, in nature, but the key elements are originality and evidence. Layout and structure should be appropriate for the disciplinary area. Papers should not have been published in their current or a very similar form before, other than as a pre-print in a repository.

    We seek papers that respond to the main themes of the conference: multi-scale, multi-discipline, multi-skill and multi-sector, and that relate to the creation, curation, management and re-use of research data. Research data should be interpreted broadly to include the digital subjects of all types of research and scholarship (including Arts and Humanities, and all the Sciences). Papers may cover:

    • Curation practice and data management at the extremes of scale (e.g. interactions between small science and big science, or extremes of object size, numbers of objects, rates of deposit and use)
    • Challenging content: (e.g. addressing issues of data complexity, diversity and granularity)
    • Curation and e-research, including contextual, provenance, authenticity and other metadata for curation (e.g. automated systems for acquiring such metadata)
    • Research data infrastructures, including data repositories and services
    • Disciplinary and inter-disciplinary curation challenges and data management approaches, standards and norms
    • Promoting, enabling, demonstrating and characterizing the re-use of data
    • Semantically rich documents (e.g. the “well-supported article”)
    • The human infrastructure for curation (e.g. skills, careers, training and organisational support structures, careers, skills, training and curriculum)
    • Curation across academia, government, commerce and industry
    • Legal and policy issues; Creative Commons, special licences, the public domain and other approaches for re-use, and questions of privacy, consent, and embargo
    • Sustainability and economics: understanding business and financial models; balancing costs, benefits and value of digital curation

    Important Dates

    • Submission of papers for peer-review: 24 July 2009
    • Submission of abstracts posters/demos/workshops: 24 July 2009
    • Notification of authors of papers: 18 September 2009
    • Notification of authors of posters/demos/workshops: 2 October 2009
    • Final papers deadline: 13 November 2009
    • Final posters deadline: 13 November 2009

    Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries

    <ed.note>Mark and I were housemates at ACU.</ed.note>

    Dr. Everett Ferguson, professor emeritus of church history at ACU, has just released a major book from Eerdmans, “Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries.” To celebrate the launch of this book, the Graduate School of Theology is hosting a reception on April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Biblical Studies building. Professor Ferguson will give a brief talk entitled “Baptism: what I learned and what surprised me.” Refreshments will follow. Books will be available for sale, and we are sure that Dr. Ferguson will sign as many as you like!

    We will be delighted to see you at this event honoring the research of one of ACU’s most illustrious professors. Come be part of this significant moment.


    Dr. Mark W. Hamilton
    Associate Professor of Old Testament and
    Associate Dean
    Graduate School of Theology
    Abilene Christian University
    Abilene, TX 79699
    Editor, The Transforming Word