The mission of the Global Mission Leadership Forum (GMLF) is to organize and facilitate international conferences, colloquia, forums, educational programs, and publications focusing on issues of accountability in the conduct of Christian world mission.
The Global Mission Leadership Forum, Inc. has its roots in the Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum (KGMLF), formally launched at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut with the convening of an-invitation only gathering of fifty mission executives and academics from South Korea, North America, and Europe. The forum revolved around carefully prepared (written) case studies and responses on the subject of accountability in missions, setting the pattern for two subsequent forums.
The title of the inaugural book in the series was Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011).
The second Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum was held June 11–14, 2013. Sixty mission scholars, practitioners, and executives from around the world met for four days, once again at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, to explore multifaceted, complex issues relating to missionary families. The resulting publication was entitled Family Accountability in Missions: Korean and Western Case Studies (OMSC Publications, 2013).
Most recently, this time in Korea, seventy-six key mission leaders, missiologists and mega church pastors took part in the third forum, convened from November 3-6, 2015 in Gangwon-Do, Korea, on the theme “Megachurch Accountability in Missions: Critical Assessment Through Global Case Studies” (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2016). (대형교회의 선교 책무 – 글로벌 사례 연구를 통한 비판적 평가| 두란노 | 2016-06-30 출간 http://mall.duranno.com /detail/detail.asp?itm_num=2040771469)
We are grateful to OMSC for its strong support of the KGMLF the first five years of its existence (2010 to 2015). With them, we are disappointed that due to internal restructuring and a rearranging of financial priorities in 2016, OMSC needed to scale back on its programs and international commitments, including the Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum. The decision was announced in the May 2016 issue of The Bridge, OMSC’s semi-annual newsletter (http://omsc.org/newsletter.shtml).
Since planning for the fourth Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum was already well underway, and given the constructive global impact of these biennial forums and their Korean/English publications on the Christian world mission, a number of us believed it was our duty to carry on this work by establishing a new organization, the Global Mission Leadership Forum, now legally registered as a non-profit corporation in the state of Connecticut.
The mandate of Global Mission Leadership Forum is to organize and facilitate international conferences, colloquia, forums, educational programs, and publications focusing on issues of accountability in the conduct of Christian world mission. Our first responsibility is the planning and implementation of the fourth Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum,
From November 7–10, 2017 at the Kensington Star Hotel in Sokcho, South Korea, approximately seventy-five mission, church and institutional leaders from around the world will give prayerful attention to “Migration, Human Dislocation, and Accountability in Missions.” With an estimated 65.3 million victims of violent conflict and persecution forcibly displaced worldwide, this theme directly engages one of the Church’s most pressing challenges of the 21st century. (Perhaps including 21.3 million refugees—half of these under the age of 18—the (http://www.unhcr.org/figures-at-a-glance.html)