I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
—John 10:10

This is how Jesus described his mission, and he charged his followers to live as his witnesses to abundant life for all of God’s creation.


Each year, OMSC at Princeton Theological Seminary welcomes to campus a new group of global partners from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania* and from every Christian tradition. They include local and cross-cultural church leaders, scholars, educational administrators, and artists. These global partners enlarge our understanding and vision of the church’s participation in God’s mission in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

At the same time, active participation in the life of the seminary community promotes the personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth of our global partners. Beyond participation in the Residential Study Program, regular and sustained interactions with seminarians, faculty, local churches, and the broader community introduce them to new forms of worship, witness, and wonder. A time of residency at OMSC@PTS renews mind, spirit, and body for the work that lies ahead.

*Nations represented at OMSC in the last ten years include: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, East Timor, Ethiopia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia


While in residence at OMSC@PTS, all global partners pursue a pre-approved academic or practical research and writing project related to their specific interests and ministry locations. To accomplish this work, they are granted access to the world-class Princeton Seminary Library and the libraries of Princeton University. While working on their research and writing projects, global partners also agree to attend all OMSC-sponsored seminars, lectures, and conferences, which are designed for sustained, critical dialogue on the history, theory/theology, and practice of engagement in God’s mission. OMSC grants those who successfully complete the requirements of the full-year Residential Study Program a Certificate in Mission Studies & World Christianity. What sets our non-degree program apart from other centers is our warm welcome to experienced practitioners and scholars from around the world as they participate in sustained and lively conversation around issues related to engagement in God’s mission; in the many ways this has been conceived, practiced, and critically reflected upon.

While having ample opportunity to pursue their work, the artist in residence also agrees to attend all OMSC@PTS seminars, lectures, and conferences. Our staff works together with the artist in residence to schedule exhibitions, recitals, or readings to share their work with the seminary community and other constituencies.

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