About - International
OMF has a rich history to preserve.
OMF has a rich history to preserve.
The OMF mission research department balances the forward focus of mission research with archiving the legacy of Hudson Taylor and China Inland Mission.
The team publishes the Mission Round Table journal, organizes a mission research consultation every three years, interacts with OMF centers about important missiological issues, and networks with worldwide archives.
Mission Round Table is OMF’s academic journal for reflective practitioners - reconnecting missions with theological minds globally.
It focuses on contemporary mission in Asia viewed from the perspective of reflective practitioners. Articles are designed to provide biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for thinking about mission and real-life examples that anchor the theory in practice.
With experience and expertise, Mission Round Table is a missiology journal that explores topics such as contextualization, globalization, integrative mission, theological education and missional business.
MRT continues to stimulate missional and biblical thinking while providing models for ministry rooted in historical success and stemming from an understanding of current needs.
CIM-OMF archive materials are held in various OMF centers as well as other institutions listed below.
Researchers who wish to access materials at the OMF International Center Archives can apply to do so by contacting us at least one month before a proposed visit.
We welcome donations of materials of historical interest related to CIM/OMF. If you wish to donate materials, please tell us more about the items by contacting us.
The holdings at OMF International Archives include collections of CIM-OMF books, public and internal publications, audio-visual materials produced by CIM-OMF, and microfilm of CIM holdings in the Billy Graham Center. Documents held relate to CIM, most of which are post-1950 relating to the operations of OMF International Headquarters.
The holdings at OMF UK include extensive collections of photos, books, periodicals, prayer letters, maps and other records, some dating from the foundation of CIM, and some relating to mission in China generally, pre-dating CIM. There is also an archive of individual CIM/OMF missionaries’ documents, both paper and electronic. There are also audio-visual materials relating to OMF.
The OMF USA archives is composed primarily of books and periodicals relating to the history and work of CIM/OMF in East Asia, as well as information relating to various American missionaries affiliated with the organization; material specific to the US offices (previously located in Pennsylvania); and post-1950s operations and administrative documentation.
Archives of CIM Publications
China Inland Mission published the first edition of its monthly magazine China’s Millions in London in July 1875. Publication of the North American and Australisian editions of China’s Millions began in 1893. Scanned copies of the British and North American editions of China’s Millions (1875-1935) can be downloaded from the Internet Archives and Yale University.
Other CIM publications, including books and reports are also available for download from the Internet Archives.
The holdings are mainly pre-1950s: CIM-OMF records, including London Council minutes; CIM China Council minutes; James Hudson Taylor papers; personal and private papers of missionaries; records relating to Chefoo Schools; CIM photographs; CIM-OMF publications (directories of missionaries and mission stations, field bulletins, China Millions/East Asia Millions, etc).
The holdings are mainly pre-1950s: correspondence, minutes, directories, newsletters, brochures, photographs, book manuscripts, slides, audio tapes, photo albums, and materials documenting the origins of the CIM North American branch; church planting, evangelistic, medical, educational and literature work in China up to 1951; CIM’s reorganization into OMF.
The holdings are microform materials from SOAS. Its section on Digitization Projects includes a “China Through the Eyes of CIM Missionaries” database that contains 225 lantern slide and glass plate negative images of portraits, landscapes, scenery and architecture in China as well as shots documenting the socio-economic activities of the Chinese from the 1900s to the 1930s. Access listings at HKBU.