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Spring 2000


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Koreans launch applied research projects to reflect on mission efforts

Korea ART SeminarThe ART seminar offers continuing education and training for missions staff. Steve Moon and Stan Nussbaum commission Kim Lee Geun for field research at the end of the recent ART seminar in Ansan, Korea.

The small country of Korea is experiencing a missions boom period. There are lots of new mission organizations, new administrators, and new missionaries in new places. All of that means new problems, or at least they are new to the Koreans who have to deal with them.

The Korea Research Institute for Missions (KRIM) invited GMI to bring the Applied Research Training (ART) seminar to Korea to help meet a need for careful, prayerful reflection on mission efforts.

Eleven Korean mission workers participated in the ART seminar in Ansan, Korea, December 6-10. Stan Nussbaum, GMI's staff missiologist, led the sessions with the assistance of KRIM's director, Dr. Steve Moon.

The seminar trained each participant to do his/her own reflection by designing a small research project on a topic arising from his/her own ministry. Two of the participants were missionaries on furlough from Chile and Turkey, two were mission trainers, three were in mission recruitment and prayer mobilization, three were KRIM mission support staff, and one was in youth ministry in Korea.

Each person worked on an important topic. One of the more ambitious ones was that of Kim Lee Geun, who trains missionary candidates at the Seoul mission training center of Global Missionary Fellowship (KRIM's organizational partner).

Kim discovered that upon returning home for furlough, workers often experience a feeling of ineffectiveness in cross-cultural preaching. His ART project is to interview 30 such missionaries over the next year to determine reasons why. On the basis of his research he intends to improve his preaching course and perhaps add a follow-up course for continuing education.

The KRIM experience was the first time ART had been offered in seminar form to mission practitioners rather than seminary faculty (see GMI Info on the web, Summer 1999, for a report on the faculty seminar in Malaysia).

It was also the first time that it was done with translation, and the first time it was shortened to one week. The program works well under these conditions; the only difference is that the participants must keep field research projects relatively small in order to complete initial assignments during the week.

The ART seminar in Korea provided fellowship, time to focus on specific projects and needs, and an awareness of current mission trends around the world. An ART seminar could benefit your organization or staff as well. Contact GMI at

Applied Research Training Seminars

ART seminars could contribute to your mission's organizational agenda if-

  • The main part of your organizational mission is to serve field missionaries with continuing education resources;
  • You work with one or more missions that consider it urgent for field workers to learn how to read their ministry situations better;
  • You want to offer training in field research skills as opposed to library research skills;
  • You are convinced that research without prayer is a waste of time;
  • You have a staff member with field research experience who could offer the seminar repeatedly after co-leading it the first time with a GMI staff member;
  • You are already in discussion about a partnership with GMI and/or you are in India, Singapore, or Brazil-three countries where there are currently strategic alliances similar to the one in Korea.

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GMI's web site gives you a marvelous gateway to mission research resources on the Internet, including the entire Mislinks site developed with Dr. Scott Moreau, Associate Professor of Missions and Intercultural Studies at Wheaton Graduate School. Check it out at

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