Who is it for?
Representatives, churches and individuals who are active in or concerned about mission among Muslims.
What is the focus?
The forum's three main areas of focus are:
- Providing networking opportunities for those involved in ministry among Muslims worldwide
- Discussing issues of common concern in an atmosphere that respects multiple, diverse perspectives
- To consider joint projects as appropriate
It should be noted that there can be severe restrictions in many Muslim-majority countries, and discretion is exercised in the use of information because of sensitive political situations.
Usually those who launch the discussion are regulars at the forum, but occasionally an outside speaker is invited to provide insight into a particular country or current issue.
When and how do we meet?
The forum meets three times a year, usually in February, June and October. Meetings are held online starting at 10:30am with a formal conclusion at noon. Some participants continue in informal discussion after the formal close. Networking occurs via the chat function (both public and private) as well as in breakout rooms.
The typical programme has a brief welcome, opening prayer and announcements prior to a short period in breakouts rooms. The main topic follows, often comprising short presentations, a panel discussion and some questions and answers. There is then time in breakout rooms for discussion. Events conclude with further questions and answers and closing comments by the main presenters.
What issues have we covered recently?
- The gospel of Jesus Christ in Honour-Shame Cultures
- Media: Navigating New Possibilities
- Christian-Muslim dialogue: essential engagement or dangerous distraction?
- Radical hospitality in Muslim contexts
- Can Islam experience a reformation?
- Who is Jesus? Bangladeshi BMBs' view of Christ
- Bible Translation in a Muslim Context
- Islam’s Diversity playing out in Syria and Iraq
- A wind in the House of Islam (Dr David Garrison)
- Discipleship Making Movements
- The Family in Islam: what is its place in wider society and the role of father, mother and wider family?
- The changing role of women in Muslim societies
- Spiritualities in Islam: What is Religious and What is Cultural?
- Identity Issues: belonging to which communities?
For further information, please contact the Chair of the forum, Jonathan Andrews