The J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions offers a variety of events, including chapels, lunch forums, open house venues and lectures, which focus on various geographical areas, major religions, and types of global ministry opportunities. Throughout the year, we also host international guests, sponsor cross-cultural and service-learning experiences and have the opportunity to engage on a variety of topics related to the global mission of the church.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 5 - 7:30 pm | Alumni Hall
The whole Gordon-Conwell community & friends are invited to attend this celebration of cultural diversity in our community and the work God is doing around the world!
Dorm students or singles who don’t really cook? No sweat – just put “dorm” or “can’t cook” in “My Comment” on the signup page by this Friday noon!
Every Weekday | 1:00 - 1:20 p.m | Wilson Prayer Chapel
Come as you are and join our student leaders praying for God's work to be done on earth. Click on the image or title for the Spring 2014 Prayer Schedule and links to country information. The Wilson Prayer Chapel is next to the Pierce Great Hall in the Kerr Building.
People on the Move: Missions Lunch Forums 2013-2014
Selected Dates Below | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m | Alumni Hall
Join us for the Fall and Spring semesters as we continue exploring the topic of "People on the Move," the theme from our 2013 Missions Emphasis Week. Click on the titles of events below for more specific information about each forum.
Half of all migrants today are Christians. Many African Christians are migrating to Europe. In Italy alone, there are over 1,000 African Pentecostal churches. Come and hear from Harvard research fellow Dr. Annalisa Butticci how the religious landscape of Italy is impacted by migration.
Speaker: Dr. Annalisa Buttici
Dr. Annalisa Butticci is a Marie Curie fellow at Harvard Divinity School and Integon, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her main areas of interest include Charismatic Christianity, Visual and Material Culture of Religion, African Diasporas, Gender, and Multimedia Research Methods. She is currently working on her book project on Nigerian and Ghanaian Pentecostalism in Italy and on her research and film project on Deliverance and Healing in Post-Colonial Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria. On these topics she has published several articles, co-authored a book (with Enzo Pace) on Pentecostal Religions in Italy, and co-directed a film (with Andrew Esiebo) entitled “Enlarging the Kingdom: African Pentecostals in Italy”.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Westernization of Islam, or Islamization of the West?
We will be taking a detail look at the dynamics of religious and cultural interactions of the diaspora Muslims in the west. Come join us!
Speaker: Dr. Paul Martindale
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - The Church and Immigration Reform
More information to come!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Nigerian Diaspora in Church Planting Movement
Are you aware of the Nigerian mega-church plants in cities like London, New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, etc.? Missionary Unchenna will share with us how Evangelical and Pentecostal Nigerian Diasporas are contributing to global missions and church planting beyond the Nigerian frontiers.
Speaker: Mr. Uchenna Anyanwu
Uchenna D. Anyanwu comes from Nigeria and has served in cross-cultural context in Senegal and North Africa for 13 years. He was involved in cross-cultural church planting in North Africa before coming to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in World Missions and Evangelism (Islamic Studies) degrees. Uchenna is fluent in both Arabic and French in addition to his mother tongue, Igbo; but he 'dreams' in English. He works at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity as a Research Assistant under Dr. Todd M. Johnson. Uchenna and his wife, Dolapo, have two teenage sons..
Speaker: Dr. Todd Johnson
Date: March 11, 2014
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall
More information to come!
Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and the founder of AGA, a ministry dedicated to restoring life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University, and a BA in Psychology from Beijing University.
CL‘s memoir, A Heart for Freedom, details her journey to freedom and how she found ultimate freedom in Christ. CL and her husband, Bob, are blessed with three beautiful daughters.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Ministry among the Generations: Lessons from Korea
More information to come!
Life in Missions Lunch Conversation
Selected Dates | Lunch Hour | Pierce Great Hall
Beginning this spring semester, the Wilson Center will be hosting casual lunch conversations with special guests and faculty who have traveled and worked extensively in a cross-cultural setting. Grab your lunch, look for our table sign in the Pierce Great Hall, sit down and join us. Come and go as you need.
Check back for the next guest and date.
October 8-10, 2013
Never have so many people lived in transition. National political and tribal unrest, religious persecutions, economic and educational disparities, even natural disasters have forced thousands and even millions to leave their homeland. How does the global migration of so many people impact the mission of the church? What are the challenges and opportunities of serving these People on the Move?
April 16, 2013
Who is an Evangelical, and by what definition? How many are there in the United States, and what does it mean for the movement to be truly global? Gina Bellofatto, a research associate at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity will lead a discussion of the history, theology, and current status of Evangelicalism worldwide. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
April 4, 2013
Sarah Durfey, Director of the Abolitionist Network in Boston, is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions who are enslaved and exploited around the world today. Come find out how you can be part of the effort to end slavery.
March 14, 2013
Rev. Nicholas Granitsas will share about his experience serving among the refugee and immigrant community in nearby Revere, Massachusetts. He provides practical tips for addressing this global reality on a local and personal level.
February 27, 2013
Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a former emergency room physician who founded the non-profit Blessed Earth with his wife, will challenge us to consider our role as stewards of the creation that our Father has entrusted to us.
February 14, 2013
November 5, 2012
Joseph Cumming, Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture's Reconciliation Program (Yale University Divinity School) shared about his work in promoting Muslim-Christian dialogue and restoration worldwide.
November 9, 2012
Dr. Ash Barker of Urban Neighbors of Hope discussed of poverty and the significant global issue of those living in slums. Dr. Barker lives with his family in the slums of Bangkok, Thailand.
October 2-5, 2012
Videos highlighting conference sessions with keynote speakers Paul Borthwick and David Choi who discuss some of the unavoidable global realities facing the church.
Click here to see video from Dr. Volf's presentations at Gordon-Conwell in November 2011 regarding his book, Allah: A Christian Response.
Videos, pictures, and more are showcased on this page highlighting some of the speakers and events from Gordon-Conwell's annual missions conference.
For more information, please contact the Wilson Center for World Missions.