Mission Round Table

Mission Round Table is an academic journal published by the Mission Research Department of OMF. The focus of the journal is contemporary mission in Asia viewed from the perspective of reflective practitioners, whether active missionaries, students of mission, or interested supporters. Articles are designed to provide biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for thinking about mission and real-life examples that anchor the theory in practice.


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Latest Issue

Mission Agencies in the 21st Century
Mission Round Table Vol.12 No.1 Jan–Apr 2017

From the editor:

A revolution in world mission was sparked in 1789 when William Carey wrote his Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens and then founded the Baptist Missionary Society four years later. Carey wasn’t the first Protestant to take the gospel beyond the confines of Europe, but his example liberated the church from its focus on local concerns and spawned the growth of a series of denominational and non-denominational mission societies. These societies were augmented by a series of “Faith Mission” societies after Hudson Taylor started the China Inland Mission in 1865. Though some of the early societies have passed out of existence, been absorbed into other agencies, or changed names, the way mission has been done—with most missionaries serving in conjunction with one agency that has been responsible for recruiting, sending, and receiving—has remained fairly consistent for more than 200 years.

While it may seem premature to question the long-term viability of what appears to be a tried-and-true approach, we must remember that Jesus was building his church long before the “modern mission movement” began. It may be that global realities of the 21st century will move God to exchange the wineskin we are accustomed to with a new one that seems a bit unfamiliar or perhaps one that we find unrecognizable. But since God has worked at various times in various ways, we should be ready for him to do a new thing if he desires, be on the lookout for signs of this taking place, and be actively evaluating our structures and procedures to see how they might best serve God’s kingdom today and tomorrow.


  • Editorial – Walter McConnell
  • The Future of Mission Agencies – Eddie Arthur
  • Future Proofing OMF – Jon Fuller
  • Mission and the Internet – Reinout van Heiningen
  • Swimming Upstream – Andrea Roldan
  • Reflections on the Korean Missionary Movement: A Critical Review of Recent Research – Warren Beattie
  • A Description of CIM Missionary Workers to Tibetan Highlands prior to 1950 – Zi Yu

PDF Downloads of Past Issues

MRT v12.1 (Sep-Dec2016) The New Missionary Force: Missions from the Majority WorldMRT v11.2 (May-Aug2016) Journeys with JesusMRT-v11.1-Jan-2016-Tell-them-the-old-old-story-212x300MRT v10.3 (Sept 2015) Christ Meets CultureMRT v10.1 (Jan 2015) Fellowship and PartnershipMRT 9.2 (Sept 2014) Discipleship in East Asia

The PDF issues below are available on request. Please complete this form.

MRT 8.2 (Sept 2013) Reflections on Church and DiscipleshipMRT 8.1 (April 2013) Mission and the Spirit WorldMRT 7.2 (Sept 2012) Trinitarian missionMRT 7.1 (Jan 2012) Mission and the Spirit Worlds of AsiaMRT 6.3 (June 2011) Missional Business MRT 6.1 (Jan 2010) Medical Mission in AsiaMRT 5.1 (June 2009) An Integrated approach to MissionMRT 4.2 (Dec 2008) Contextualization in SE Asia and JapanMRT 4.1 (Sept 2008) Integrated concepts of missionMRT 2.2 (Aug 2006) To teach others alsoMRT 2.1 (April 2006) MobilizationMRT 1.3 (July 2005) Church in the midst of temple and mosqueMRT 1.2 (April 2005) GlobalizationMRT 1.1 (Jan 2005) The future of Asian Christianity