Malone University welcomes World Evangelical Alliance Mission to campus June 15-20
June 11, 2013 | Release # 6656
Malone University will be the site of a gathering of the Mission Mobilization Research Team, established by the Mission Commission, a subsidiary of the World Evangelical Alliance, June 15 – 20 on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. For the past half-dozen years or so, the team has been involved in scholarly research to answer the question, “What motivates a person to pursue world missions as a vocation?”
The act of uprooting oneself to pursue a life in mission service is a response to something. Defining that something has been the purpose of the group as thousands of pages of data will now be collectively analyzed and made ready for publication. Serving on the mobilization research team is Malcolm Gold, Ph.D. professor of sociology and chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at Malone University.
According to Dr. Gold, the Commission conducted roughly 100 interviews, collecting the voices of different people currently involved in Christian missions including church members, missionaries, mission agency workers, those who mobilize and recruit missionaries, church leaders, and pastors.
While many factors influence and motivate missionary work, one of the initial findings of the study seems to indicate that while agencies and recruiters play an instrumental role in providing opportunities for service, the strongest motivating factor appears to be the clear direct call of God on one’s life.
Founded in 1846, the World Evangelical Alliance is a global representative voice: articulating evangelical values, addressing concerns, and advocating for the downtrodden.
The following team members visiting campus include:
- Jay Matenga – Director, Pioneers New Zealand
- Alison Clark – Missionary working in Romania
- Duncan Olumbe – Missions worker, Kenya
- Min-Young Jung – Wycliffe International, South Korea
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709