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The mission of the Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary (OMSC@PTS) is to amplify the voices of the world Christian movement by supporting and promoting scholars and artists from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and diaspora communities. Founded in Ventnor, New Jersey in 1922 by Marguerite and Ida Doane, OMSC@PTS carries on its legacy of fellowship and mission practice while embracing a newfound commitment to ecumenism, scholarship, and educational equity.   

Amplyfying Voices of the World Christian Movement

OMSC@PTS engages in God’s mission and amplifies the voices of the world Christian movement through our signature Residential Study Program, Artist in Residency Program, the IBMR, and new program initiatives.

Residential Study Program

Designed for global partners (pastors, missionaries, church and mission executives, seminary, college, and university professors, administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase) artists, and laypeople, our Residential Study Program offers unique opportunities that focus on the church’s participation in God’s mission.

Our Residential Study Program provides global partners the opportunity to spend a year with us at Princeton Theological Seminary to pursue a year-long research project related to their scholarship or ministry.  In addition to regular opportunities to share their work in progress, they attend seminars and workshops led by some of the leading voices in Mission Studies, World Christianity, and Intercultural Theology.  These seminars and workshops are open to the seminary community and to the public.  Those who complete the full-year Residential Study Program receive a Certificate in Mission Studies & World Christianity.

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The Lamin Sanneh Research Prizes

Each year we will announce Requests for Proposals for two grant awards to support research, writing, and public dissemination of work in Mission Studies, World Christianity, Intercultural Theology or a cognate discipline. These prizes are named in memory of Lamin Sanneh, pioneer in the field of World Christianity, OMSC trustee, and a contributing editor to the IBMR.

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Digital Curriculum & Certificate

Leading to a certificate in “Lived Theology and World Christianity, ” we will pilot this online curriculum to equip global partners from around the world with research skills and sensitivity to discern God’s presence at work in their social, cultural, political, and spiritual contexts

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English Translation of Christian Scholarship

With a goal of making significant Christian scholarship written in other languages available in English, these translations may be from any field in the theological curriculum. They will be published as a special feature in the IBMR.

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The Gerald H. Anderson Lectures

Each year we will invite one or two leading scholars in Mission Studies, World Christianity, Intercultural Theology or a cognate discipline to deliver public lectures at the annual PTS World Christianity Conference. These lectures are named in honor of Gerald H. Anderson, OMSC director and editor of IBMR from 1976 to 2000.

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