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

MRT 11.3 (Sep-Dec 2016) Mission from the Majority World

The New Missionary Force: Mission from the Majority World
Mission Round Table Vol.11 No.3 Sep–Dec 2016

From the editor:

This issue of Mission Round Table takes up some papers from OMF’s April 2016 Mission Research Consultation on “The Future of Mission” to examine several aspects of how the Majority World has impacted mission.
In the first article, Eldon Porter highlights some major issues that need to be addressed as mission agencies and churches interact on a global scale. The following two articles zoom in on mission to and from China. An interview with Patrick Fung records his reflections on some of the ideas shared during the OMF Mission Research Consultation in April 2016. The final article steps back in history to introduce the Bethel Bands, one of the significant indigenous evangelistic movements in China in the first half of the twentieth century that has encouraged many Chinese Christians today to consider their part in reaching out to others with the gospel of Christ.


  • Editorial – Walter McConnell
  • Partnering with the Majority World in the Global Paradigm – Eldon Porter
  • The Challenge and Opportunity of Urban Ministry in China – H. P.
  • Indigenous Mission Movements in China – Steve Z.
  • Partnership with the Global Church: Implications for the Global East – An Interview with Patrick Fung
  • With Bethel in Manchuria – Leslie T. Lyall

PDF Downloads of Past Issues

MRT 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