September 2007

SEP 28

STEM CEO Addresses Annual IFMA/EMS

STEM Founder/CEO, Roger Peterson, provided the opening morning address for 300+ delegates at the annual IFMA/EMS Conference held in Minneapolis Sept. 27-29. The conference theme was a milestone theme: "Short-Term Missions — Long Term Impact?" This was the first time in the rich and long history of the IFMA (Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association of North America, Inc.) that short-term mission was the focal theme topic of this important annual gathering of mission CEOs and other mission leaders from the United States and Canada.

In his plenary address, Roger provided general but highly relevant 2006 and 2007 overview information on the U.S. short-term mission movement, thanks in part to David Armstrong of, who provided Roger with data from 80,000 basic searches (Jan-Apr 2007) performed on the website.

Professor Robert Priest of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago IL, provided the opening EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society) workshop, and was also responsible for helping organize other academic presenters in the area of short-term missions. EMS membership is composed primarily of educators and professors of mission from the various evangelical academic institutions located in North America. Top Site Award!