Dr. Jim Miller, Director of the Center for the Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements and Professor of Inductive Biblical Study and New Testament on the Florida Dunnam campus, visited two Asbury Seminary Global Partnership institutions in January. Both visits, to New Theological College (NTC) in Dehra Dun, India, and to Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi, Kenya were part of work on a four-year research project at the Center funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Entitled, “Emerging World Christian Identities: Transformation in the Urbanized and Globalized Context,” the project involves case study research on individual Christian revitalization movements in four major urban areas in the majority world. Research for the first phase of this project is now ongoing in East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya, Kampala, Uganda, and Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo). The second phase of research will take place in India, sponsored jointly by the Revitalization Center and NTC, and will culminate in a Consultation to be held in July 2014. Future partner institutions with which the Revitalization Center plans further work on this project include Asia Graduate School of Theology in Manila, Philippines (2015) and Evangelical Methodist Seminary, San José, Costa Rica (2016). The results of each phase of research will be examined by an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners over the course of a multiple day Consultation in each location. The first is scheduled to take place at AIU from July 17-21, 2013.
In his evaluation of the Center’s work done under a previous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, noted scholar of world Christianity, William Burrows, characterized the research as “getting its finger on the pulse” of what will come after Christendom. The research now begun and continuing over the next several years hopes to further clarify that picture. The proceeds from research and subsequent consultations funded by an earlier grant from the Henry Luce Foundation have now appeared in J. Steven O’Malley, ed., Revitalization Amid Diaspora: Explorations in World Christian Revitalization Movements (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2013).