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ISBN: 9781783687640
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 36
Publication Date: 31/07/2020
Pages: 714
Language: English

Scattered and Gathered

A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology


The twenty-first century is marked by mass migration. Massive population movements of the last century have radically challenged our study and practice of mission. Where the church once rallied to go out into “the regions beyond,” Christian mission is currently required to respond and adapt to “missions around.” As a result, leaders in this field have been developing diaspora missiology to provide a missiological framework for understanding and participating in God’s redemptive mission among peoples living outside their places of origin. In this volume, experts in diaspora missiology from across the globe analyze the development of missions to migrants and add to our understanding of the contemporary church’s opportunities and responsibilities for mission amongst diaspora groups.

Author Bios

Sadiri Joy Tira
(Edited By)

SADIRI JOY TIRA, DMiss, DMin, is convener of the Jaffray Diaspora Net Research of the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives, Ambrose University, Canada, where he is also a diaspora missiology specialist and sessional professor of Intercultural Studies. He served as the Lausanne Movement senior associate/catalyst for diasporas from 2007 to 2019.

Tetsunao Yamamori
(Edited By)

TETSUNAO YAMAMORI, PhD, is Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. He is also President Emeritus of Food for the Hungry International and was International Director of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization from 2004–2006. His PhD was in Religion from Duke University, North Carolina, USA.


This volume puts out a clarion call to the global church about a critically important mission need and strategy. You truly cannot understand the full picture of global mission without understanding diaspora missiology.

—Michael Oh, PhD
Global Executive Director/CEO,
Lausanne Movement

I warmly welcome and highly recommend this comprehensive study on a globally relevant topic. This timely volume is a missio Dei viatorum at its best, focused on diaspora from a full-fledged biblical perspective while taking into account the migrant phenomena in their global diversity.

—Peter Kuzmic, PhD, Dr. Theol.
Distinguished Professor of World Mission and European Studies,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

This collection of essays presents diaspora realities as a prominent scenario for the missio Dei in our days. The exploration of the present-day global diaspora experience with the missiological opportunities and challenges it poses for the church, is informative, challenging and encouraging.

—Elizabeth Sendek
Fundacion Universitaria Seminario Bîblico de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia

This compendium couldn’t come at a more compelling time in history, when peoples are being scattered in unprecedented numbers. This is a much needed and timely pioneer work, assembling a multitude of authoritative voices, which is academically rigorous, but brought alive by practical field case studies.

—Cindy Perry
South Asia Regional Director,
Development Associates International

This compendium comprises a kaleidoscope of rich biblical and theological insights. Where else in one volume can one find such a breadth of global voices speaking to the critical challenges and opportunities of ministry to, through and beyond the diasporas?

—David Bennett, PhD
Global Associate Director for Collaboration and Content,
Lausanne Movement

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword - Christopher J. H. Wright
  2. Preface to the Revised Edition
  3. Preface to the First Edition
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction - Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori
  6. Section 1: Phenomenological Realities and Trends of Global Diaspora
    1. Trends and Realities of Global Migration and Diasporas: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: Darrell Jackson and Amador Remigio Jr.
    2. Globalization, Diasporas, Urbanization and Pluralism in the Twenty-First Century: A Compelling Narrative for the Missio Dei?
      1. Amador Remigio Jr.
    3. Migration, Diasporas, and Diversity: A Demographic Approach
      1. Gina A. Zurlo
    4. Global Agenda – Global Theology? The Regulation of Migration and Global Diasporas
      1. Darrell Jackson
    5. Responding to the Phenomenon of Migration: Early Proponents of Diaspora Missiology and the Lausanne Movement
      1. Sadiri Joy Tira and Darrell Jackson
  7. Section 2: Biblical and Theological Foundation for Diaspora Missiology
    1. Bible, Theology, and Diaspora: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: Thomas Allan Harvey and Miyon Chung
    2. Diaspora and Mission in the Old Testament
      1. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)
    3. From Opportunity to Mission: Scattering for the Gospel in the New Testament Story
      1. Steven S. H. Chang
    4. God, Israel, the Church and the Other: Otherness as a Theological Motif in Diaspora Mission
      1. Paul Woods
    5. Pilgrims on a Journey: Diaspora and Mission
      1. Thomas Harvey
    6. Mission to and from Diaspora: Influencing the Context for Mission
      1. Terry McGrath, Victoria Sibley-Bentley, Andrew Butcher and George Wieland
  8. Section 3: Towards Strategic Directions for Diaspora Missions
    1. Towards Strategic Directions for Diaspora Missions: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: T. V. Thomas and Elias Medeiros
    2. Local Churches in Missional Diasporas
      1. Elias Medeiros
    3. Unleashing Great Commission Potential through International Churches
      1. Warren Reeve
    4. Strategies for Reaching Refugees
      1. Peter Vimalasekaran
    5. Diaspora Missions on the High Seas
      1. Martin Otto
    6. Agents of Diaspora Missions in and from the Academic World
      1. Leiton Edward Chinn and Lisa Espineli Chinn
    7. Business as Mission (BAM) to, in, and through Diaspora
      1. João Mordomo
    8. Children in Diaspora
      1. Cecilia J. Casiño
    9. Technology and Diaspora
      1. Joseph Vijayam
  9. Section 4: The Mission of the Church in Global Diaspora
    1. The Mission of the Church in Global Diaspora: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: Cody Lorance and Grant McClung
    2. A Cross for the Scattered: Cruciform Spirituality for the Church on Mission among Diasporas
      1. Lachi Adhikari, Cody Lorance and P. Rajendran
    3. Making Ends Meet: Embracing Opportunities for Diaspora Mission from Churches at the Margins
      1. Carol A. Mack-Lacey
    4. Trends and Issues of the Korean Diaspora Churches in the USA
      1. Chandler H. Im and John Jungho Oh
    5. Prayer and Power from the South African Diaspora Churches on Mission
      1. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
    6. Diaspora Family: Immigrant Church as a Family and Missional Families in Diaspora
      1. Sam George
    7. The Mission of the Church through Understanding and Pursuing Intercultural Unity
      1. Ken Baker, Chandler H. Im, and T. V. Thomas
    8. The Church and the Soul of Singapore: An Eschatological Vision for Mission in Global Cities
      1. Lawrence Ko
  10. Section 5: Regional and National Case Studies in Diaspora Missions
    1. Regional and National Case Studies in Diaspora Missions: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: Miriam Adeney and Tuvya Zaretsky
    2. Jewish Diaspora Ministries
      1. Tuvya Zaretsky
    3. The Chinese Diaspora Church and Cross-Cultural Mission
      1. Paul Woods and Allen Yeh
    4. Transnational Ties of Indian Churches in the Arabian Gulf: Kerala Pentecostal Churches in Kuwait
      1. Stanley John
    5. Korean Diaspora Ministries
      1. S. Hun Kim and Susie Hershberger
    6. From São Paulo to Al-Alam Arab (The Arab World): The Brazilian Evangelical Missions Movement
      1. Ed Smither
    7. Latino Diaspora Ministries in the USA
      1. Miriam Adeney
    8. African Diaspora Christianity: Mother Cooper and New York City
      1. Mark R. Gornik and Allison Norton
    9. Iranian Diaspora Ministry
      1. Peter von Kaehne
  11. Section 6: Issues in Global Diaspora Missiology
    1. Issues in Global Diaspora Missiology: An Introduction
      1. Section Editors: Paul Sydnor and Larry W. Caldwell
    2. Welcoming the Stranger: A Case Study of an International Church in Malta
      1. Paul N. Sydnor
    3. (Sub)Mission: A Case Study on the Complexities of Political and Prophetic Action in Migrant Detention
      1. Maria-Jose Soerens
    4. Trauma as Mission: A Case Study Response to the Scourge of Sex Trafficking
      1. Diane Langberg and Philip G. Monroe
    5. Migration, Materialism and Brain Drain: A Case Study of the Church in Ghana and Migration
      1. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
    6. Transnationalism, Identity, and Virtual Space: A Case Study of One Woman’s Attempt to Negotiate Two Worlds
      1. Trevor Castor
    7. Holistic Care: A Case Study of Heart for Lebanon’s Unique Role in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
      1. Katie E. Horn and Camille E. Melki
    8. Overcoming Destitution in Diaspora Ministry: A Case Study of There Is Hope
      1. David Aeilts
    9. Taking Care of the Flock: A Case Study of the Role of the Local Church in Sending and Caring for Overseas Filipino Workers
      1. Gerardo B. Lisbe Jr.
    10. When the New Believers Return Home: A Case Study of Christian Returnees to China
      1. Carolyn Kemp
    11. Crossing the Divide: A Case Study of a Western Mission Agency’s Encounter with Diaspora Missions
      1. John F. Baxter
  12. Section 7: Glossary, Appendices, and Ministry Resources
    1. Glossary, Appendices, and Ministry Resources: An Introduction
      1. Tereso Casiño and Charles Cook, Section Editors
    2. Glossary
    3. Appendix A: The Baguio Challenge
    4. Appendix B: The Seoul Declaration on Diaspora Missiology
    5. Appendix C: Far East Asia Diaspora Educators’ Resolutions
    6. Appendix D: North America Diaspora Educators’ Resolution
    7. Appendix E: Diaspora Missiology Educators Consultation: Singapore Resolution
    8. Appendix F: The Manila Statement on Hybridity and Diaspora Missions
    9. Appendix G: The Cape Town Commitment
    10. Appendix H: Global Mission Networks and Intercultural Unity
    11. Additional Resources
  13. List of Contributors


Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney (Ph.D. anthropology) is professor of global and urban ministries at Seattle Pacific University and teaching fellow at Regent College. She is the author of Daughters of Islam, God's Foreign Policy: Practical Ways to Help the World's Poor, A Time for Risking: Priorities for Women and How to Write: A Christian Writer's Guide.

Lachi Adhikari

David Aeilts

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Ken Baker

John F. Baxter

Andrew Butcher

Larry W. Caldwell

LARRY W. CALDWELL, PhD, is Academic Dean and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD. In addition, he is Director of Training and Strategy for Converge Worldwide. Prior to this, he and his family were missionaries with Converge for twenty-one years in Manila, Philippines, where he was Academic Dean and Professor of Missions and Bible Interpretation at Asian Theological Seminary, as well as Director of the Doctor of Missiology program of the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Philippines. Larry teaches regularly on contextualization and cross-cultural Bible interpretation (ethnohermeneutics) at missionary training institutions throughout the world. He has authored dozens of books and articles, and for several years edited the Journal of Asian Mission. His latest book is Doing Bible Interpretation: Making the Bible Come Alive for Yourself and Your People.

M. Daniel R. Carroll

Cecilia J. Casiño

Tereso Casiño

Trevor Castor

Steven S. H. Chang

Leiton Edward Chinn

Lisa Espineli Chinn

Miyon Chung

Charles Cook

Sam George

Mark R. Gornik

Thomas Harvey

Susie Hershberger

Katie E. Horn

Chandler H. Im

Darrell Jackson

Stanley John

Carolyn Kemp

Sung Hun Kim

Lawrence Ko

Diane Langberg

Diane Langberg is a psychologist in private practice in suburban Philadelphia. In addition to her counselling she is engaged in speaking and lecturing on various topics related to marriage, Christian living, and the realities of life in the ministry. She received her BA in Psychology from Taylor University and her MA and PhD from Temple University. She is a regular columnist for Partnership Magazine in which this material was first published in an abbreviated form.

Gerardo Bacos Lisbe Jr.

Cody Lorance

Carol Mack-Lacey

Grant McClung

Terry McGrath

Elias Medeiros

Camille E. Melki

João Mordomo

Philip G. Monroe

Allison Norton

John Jungho Oh

Martin Otto

P. Rajendran

Warren Reeve

Amador Remigio Jr.

Brian Robertson

Victoria Sibley-Bentley

Edward L. Smither

Maria-Jose Soerens

Paul N. Sydnor

T. V. Thomas

Joseph Vijayam

Peter Vimalasekaran

Peter von Kaehne

George M. Wieland

Paul Woods

Christopher J. H. Wright

CHRISTOPHER J. H. WRIGHT is Global Ambassador and Ministry Director ofLangham Partnership. He was formerly principal of All Nations Christian College,Ware, UK, after he taught at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. His books includeOld Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, Knowing God –The Trilogy, The Mission of God’s People and several commentaries in The BibleSpeaks Today series.

Allen Yeh

Dr. Allen Yeh is tenured professor of intercultural studies and missiology at Biola University, California, USA. He serves on the board of trustees for the International Theological Seminary, as the Learning Synthesis Manager for the Lausanne Generations Conversation, and adjunct teaches with Palm Beach Atlantic University and Cru. He earned his DPhil from University of Oxford, UK, and is the author of Polycentric Missiology: 21st Century Mission from Everyone to Everywhere (IVP, 2016), and co-editor of Majority World Theologies: Theologizing from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Ends of the Earth (William Carey, 2018).

Tuvya Zaretsky

Gina A. Zurlo