ASIAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY

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Just like many other organizations, ASM had its humble beginnings. At its organizing meeting on September 12, 2003 at Izmailovo Hotel Moscow, Russia, eight (8) mission scholars attended a meeting. They were Timothy Park, Greg Paek, Kwanja Park, Jin-Rag Son, Yong Joong Cho, Seung Oh An, Young-Ho Jang and David Hartono. Dr. Timothy Park was elected as the first president of ASM, and he was assisted by Dr. David Hartono as Vice President. The Board of Officers was formed in its first meeting. The Board was increased with the positions of General Secretary, Dr. Paul Jeong; Treasurer, Dr. Sam Sikitari; and three members, Dr. Kwang Ja Park, Dr. Yong Joong Cho and Dr. Greg Paek. Almost all of them were alumni of Fuller Theological Seminary, School of World Mission/School of Inter-cultural Studies.

In its formative years, all of ASM’s officers resided in Southern California, USA, not too far from Pasadena. Thus, for convenience’s sake it used the office of Institute of Asian Mission (IAM) in Pasadena, California, USA, as its quarterly meeting place. The ASM ministerial budget was supported by membership fees, and love offerings from churches or Christian organizations that are closely affiliated with ASM’s officers. Because of its limitations, ASM officers prayed a lot and held many discussions to set a ministerial blueprint. Apart from those basic, fundamental and pleasant “spiritual chores,” its other main task then, was to recruit scholars with doctoral degrees in missiology or inter-cultural studies.

The first public exposure for ASM was the chance for many of its officers to attend the AMA 9th Triennial Convention in Ephesus, Turkey on November 7-8, 2006. The Convention’s theme was: “Tracing Apostolic Way of Mission”. It was the first official contact between AMA and ASM. We met many outstanding Asian missionaries who zealously serve the Lord in many parts of the world.

PURPOSE

The purpose of ASM is to serve Asian churches and mission for the implementation of the Great Commission and most effectively through research and academic discussions. We also aim to foster networking and fellowship among Asian missiologists for mutual encouragement, knowledge sharing and more effective service in mission education.

While major vital mission movements are taking place in the two-thirds world, our view of missiology did not change much. In order to help the Asian Church accomplish her mission, we, the Asian missiologists, desire to address the great changes that took place and find a way to communicate them to the Church in a timely manner. The clear understanding of the changes in mission in our days will help the Asian Church do her mission more effectively and protect her from pitfall that hindered the Western mission a lot.

ASM adheres to the Lausanne Covenant. We shall partner with existing missiological societies both international and local for the purpose of knowledge exchange and joint missiological research.

ASM Officer and Regional Directors 

 Name  Position  Nationality  E-mail
 Chansamone Saiyasak, PhD, DMin  President  Thai  president@asianmissiology.org
 Eiko Takamizawa, PhD  Vice President  Japanese  e.takami@torchtrinity.org
 Kim Chong Pae, DMin  General Secretary  Korean  chongpae@gmail.com
 Ishak Wonohadidjojo, EdD  Treasurer  Indonesian  direct@acsi.or.id
 Atul Aghamkar, PhD  South Asia Regional Director  Indian  atulats@yahoo.com
 Kristen Combes  Executive Assistant  American  kristen@asianmissiology.org

Contact 

PO Box 305

Burns, TN 37029 U.S.A.

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