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Springfield, Mo.—October 20, 2009—Dr. Ivan Satyavrata was inaugurated the 2009-2010 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions on September 16, 2009 at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). Over this coming year, Dr. Satyavrata will present a series of three lectures entitled “Following the Wind and Riding the Wave: Pursuing the Hogan Legacy into the Second Pentecostal Century” at AGTS. Dr. Satyavrata leads the Assemblies of God church and its network of ministries in Kolkata, India, founded by the late Mark Buntain. These ministries include a hospital, medical services and a school system for thousands of students. Nearly 20,000 children a day receive meals and basic care through the auspices of this mission. Previous to assuming his current role in 2007, he served as president of Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India. He plays an active role in evangelical theological education in India as Chairman of the Asia Theological Association in India, and exercises wider influence as Executive Director of the Euro-Asian Theological Association (EATA). He serves on the governing or executive bodies of Union Biblical Seminary, South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE) and Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is also the chairman of the board of Southern Asia Bible College.
In his inaugural lecture titled “J Philip Hogan’s Spirit-led Vision and the Globalization of Pentecostal Missions in the Twenty First Century,” Satyavrata focused on two concurrent global mega-trends: the wave of globalization and the Wind of Pentecostalization. He identified seven key priorities and action steps for Pentecostal global missions in the twenty-first century and called Pentecostal leaders to be anchored to the Rock yet geared to the times as they follow the Wind and ride the wave.
The second Hogan Lecture, “Mission ‘Made to Travel’ in a World without Borders,” took place on October 6. After establishing the biblical foundation and definition of mission, Dr. Satyavrata addressed three necessary shifts: (1) a new focus on urban centers, (2) a new understanding of indigenous culture, and (3) the development of a viable response to multiculturalism and religious plurality. Ultimately, Satyavrata calls for a mega shift regarding mission—mission is from everywhere to everywhere. Listen to this lecture at http://www.agts.edu/news/news_archives/2009_16satyavrata_lecture.html.
The final lecture, “Friends in Mission—Following the Wind and Riding the Wave,” will take place Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 11:30-12:15 p.m., also at AGTS.
The J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions at AGTSis an endowed professorship that honors the missionary leadership of this distinguished former executive director of AGWM. As a partnership between AGTS and AGWM, it calls on today’s missionaries and scholars to continue in the heritage of thoughtful, incisive and Spirit-led missiology that Brother Hogan’s ministry left us. A leading missiologist is invited annually to fill the chair in order to explore new dimensions in missiology through teaching, research and writing. Special thanks are due to AGWM, the Hyllberg Memorial Fund, Philip and Virginia Hogan and others who have contributed to the endowment of the Chair.