Skreslet Receives First Book Award from American Society of Missiology

Union Presbyterian Seminary congratulates Stanley H. Skreslet, academic dean of the Richmond campus, as the recipient of the 2012 Book Award for Excellence in Missiology for his book, Comprehending Mission: The Questions, Methods, Themes, Problems, and Prospects of Missiology (Orbis in 2012). It was “recognized for its significant contribution to missiology, and is noted for how it will affect (the way) missiology and missions will be examined, understood and interpreted.” The award was the first of its kind issued by the American Society of Missiology (ASM). To be eligible for this year’s award, nominated books in the field of missiology or mission studies had to be published in 2012 or late 2011.

“Missiology continues to undergo significant change in the early decades of the 21st century. Skreslet's book, Comprehending Mission, offers a creative contribution for mapping our way forward,” said Craig Van Gelder, American Society of Missiology president. “This volume provides keen perspective on recent trends and offers a constructive argument for how best to engage the study and practice of mission.”

The American Society of Missiology is an inclusive and diverse professional association made up of members from Independent (Evangelical, Pentecostal, etc.), Conciliar, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic communions of the Christian church. This unique make up of membership provides a dynamic and lively exchange of ideas, issues, and scholarship focused on the church's call to participate in God's mission to the world.

In addition to Skreslet’s honor by the ASM this year, the International Bulletin of Missionary Research recognized Comprehending Mission as one of "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2012 for Mission Studies."

Skreslet returned to Union Presbyterian Seminary in 1997 after ten years of service on the faculty of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo through the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Skreslet’s scholarly interests are focused particularly on the field of missiology, but also include the history of Christianity, Islam, and Orthodox Christianity, especially as these latter topics relate to the Middle East.