PGDIS 550 Indigenous Arts and Christian Theology (2 Credits)

Rev Dr Jangkholam Haokip
Dr. James Krabill
Dr. James R Krabill
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About This Course

Unlike some cultures where verbal communication dominates mediums of communication, for indigenous peoples, Arts plays an important role in both articulation and expression of ideas. Arts include the whole range artistic works from eye twinkling to carving, from singing to wrestling, from music to ritual performance. A full course on Indigenous Arts and Christian Theology is offer to bring back to life indigenous arts through finding its place in Christian articulation and expression of faith.

  • To re-look at Indigenous Arts, the structures, the forms, and the skills reflected
  • To find the place and role of arts in Christian theology and how it is done in other contexts
  • To explore the ways in which Indigenous arts could be used in Christian theology

Learning Objectives

The students learned and appreciate Indigenous arts
The students acquired relevant skills to read and interpret meanings in Indigenous arts
The students learned to use Indigenous arts as one of the tools to impart knowledge


  • Chongloi, Hemchon, Indoi: A study of Primal Kuki religious symbolism in the Hermeneutical framework of Mircea Eliade (Delhi: ISPCK, 1917)
  • Illman, Ruth and W Alan Smith eds., Theology and the Arts: Engaging Faith (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • Begbie, Jeremy, ed., Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts (Ada MI: Baker Publishing Group)


Unit I: Understanding Indigenous Arts

Definitions of Arts and Indigenous Arts; Structures, Forms, and Skills reflected in Indigenous arts

Unit II: The Place and Role of Arts in Theology

Arts in the Bible; Arts in the Early Church; Arts in Twentieth Century Theologies with a Special Reference to Bonhoeffer; Arts in African and Asian theologies

Unit III: An exploration of Indigenous Arts in Christian Theology

The Art of Doibom and the Immanence of God; The Art of An-Lotol and family prayer; The Art of Tol-Theh and the Salvific work of Christ; The Art of Sa-O and Benediction

Your Instructors

Rev Dr Jangkholam Haokip


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Theological Education

  • February 2006–July 2011: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
  • July 1997–April 1999: Master of Theology United Theological College, Bangalore, India
  • July 1994 – April 1996: Bachelor of Divinity Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India
  • July 1990 - April 1993: Bachelor of Theology Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India

Work Experience:

  • April 2017 - December 2019: Associate Professor, Dept of Theology and Ethics
  • Other Responsibilities:
    • Editor-in-Chief, UBS Journal since March 2016
    • Director, Research and Publications
  • April 2014 - March 2017: Assistant Professor of Theology
  • January 2001 - January 2006: Registrar –cum-Lecturer, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. My responsibilities include; Administration of Academic Office and teaching contextual theologies including Dalit Theology, Tribal Theology, Liberation Theology and Indian Christian Theology.
  • July 1999 - December 2000: Liaison Officer, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. My responsibility was to establish and strengthen partnerships between the seminary and local churches across denominations within India.

Thesis Supervisions:

  • BD/MDiv - both Senate of Serampore & ATA
  • MTh – both Senate of Serampore & ATA
  • DTh/DMin – Senate of Serampore
  • PhD – Martin Luther Christian University

Voluntary Work:

  • January 2020: Director, Bethesda Khankho Institute, Manipur, India
  • November 2021: Member, Research and Ethics Committee, MLCU, Shillong
  • March 2016 -December 2010: Senior Pastor, Kuki Worship Service Pune (KWSP)
  • October 2012 - March 2013: Leader, Glasgow International Christian Fellowship. This is part of the Renfield St Stephen church’s outreach ministry among internationals in the city of Glasgow.
  • January 2013 - June 2014: Secretary, Bethesda Khankho International (UK)(SCIO) registered with the Office of Scottish Charity Regulators, Charity Number SC04236.
  • August 1999 – January 2006: Chaplain, Kuki Worship Service, Pune, India This congregation consist of mostly university students of Northeast India studying in the city of Pune.
  • January 2005 – 2006: Founding President, Som-Inn, Pune, India. Derived from the people’s cultural tradition, Som-Inn is a residential learning centre for university students in the city of Pune where we provide support, mentorship and Christian discipleship for the residents. The aim of this project is to contextualize the Christian message of love in the people’s own cultural context while we prepare them for responsible global citizens.

Charity Initiatives: In 2009, founded a Charitable Organization called Bethesda-Khankho Foundation among Indigenous communities in Manipur, Northeast India with a vision to transform to transform. BKF has four main prjects including, Bethesda Som-In/Children Home, Bethesda Academy for Integral education, medical project among tribal communities and a Centre for Integrated studies specialised in Indigenous Studies. Ordination: Ordained by the Evangelical Churches Association (ECA), Evangelical Congregational Church of India (ECCI) on the 14th of March 2004. Publications:

  1. Haokip, J & David Smith, eds., Voices from the Margin: Voices from the Margins Wisdom of Primal Peoples in the Era of World Christianity (Carlisle: Langham Literature, 2022).
  2. Haokip, J & Haokip J. eds., Khankho a Kibulphu: Discovering Cultural Foundation (Imphal: Bethesda Khankho Foundation, 2017)
  3. Haokip, J & K. Sungjemmeren Imchen, eds., Becoming a Missional Congregation in the Twenty-first Century Indian Context (Delhi: ISPCK, 2016)
  4. Haokip, J. Colonisation, Identity and Search for Peace [A Transcribed text of and preliminary comments on Operations Against Kuki Tribes of Assam and Burma 1917-1919, A Colonial Document preserved at British Library, London, UK], Pune: Published by Author, 2015.
  5. Haokip, J. 2014. Can God Save My Village? A Theological Study of Identity among the Tribal people of North East India with a Special Reference to the Kukis of Manipur (Carlisle, UK: Langham Monograph, 2014).
  6. Haokip, J. 2011. Houbung Kithah Pat (Re-Visioning the Church for the Post-Centennial Witness for Christ), Lamphelpat, Imphal.

Articles in Books and Journals:

  1. Haokip, J. ‘A Contextual Theology of Khankho’ in Haokip, J & David Smith, eds., Voices from the Margin: Voices from the Margins Wisdom of Primal Peoples in the Era of World Christianity (Carlisle: Langham Literature, 2022).
  2. Haokip, J. ‘Evangelisation and Colonialism: The role of ‘Christianity’ in the Anglo-Kuki War’ in Letkhojam Haokip and Ngamjahao Kipgen eds., Against the Empire: Polity, Economy and Culture during the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919, Delhi: Routledge, 2020).
  3. Haokip, J. 2016. ‘The Shift of Gravity of Christian Presence from the Global North to the Global South and its Implications for Northeasterners in India’ in Haokip, J & K. Sungjemmeren Imchen, eds., Becoming a Missional Congregation in the Twenty-first Century Indian Context (Delhi: ISPCK)
  4. Haokip, J. 2016. ‘The Kuki Mission 1910: Toward a Re-reading of Watkin Robers ‘the intruder’ and his message for the 21st century Christian witness in the context of emerging World Christianity’ 168- 180 in Witnessing to Christ in North East India, eds Marina Ngursangzeli and Michael Biehl, Regnum Edinburgh Centenery Series, Volume 31, Oxford: Regnum Books International.
  5. Haokip, J. 2015. ‘Khankho: An Exploration of Kuki Indigenous spirituality toward social and ecological peace’ UBS Journal Vols. 9.2 - 10.1.March 2016, pp.62-81.
  6. Haokip, J. 2014. “Implications of Having an Independent Missionary: A Review of the 1910 Kuki Mission”  International Bulletin of Missionary Reserch, April Issue.
  7. Haokip, J. 2002. ‘Issues Facing Tribal Christians in Northeast India Today’ 211-249 in Mark T. B. Laing, ed. The Indian Church in Context: Her Emergence, Growth, and Mission (Delhi: ISPCK)

Book Reviews:

  1. Liberating the Gospel: Translating the Message of Jesus Christ in a Globalised World, by David Smith (Darton, Longman and Todd, April 2016, Price Rs.1,182/ UBS Journal, Volume 10.2, November 2016.
  2. Beyond Literate Western Models: Contextualizing Theological Education in Oral Contexts. Edited by Samuel E. Chiang and Grant Lovejoy. Hong Kong: International Orality Network, 2013. Pp. 229. Paperback $14.95; Kindle $9.95 International Bulletin of Missionary Research, January Issue, 2015.

Research Experiences:

  1. As an expert Panel for online research project “Identifying the emerging roles of U.S. missionaries serving in the Majority World (Africa, Asia, and Latin America)” by  Karen Hatley, a Ph.D. candidate in leadership studies at Dallas Baptist University, USA. (October 2014 -
  2. Field Researcher for the topic, ‘Mass Movements among the Mala Madigas in Andra Pradesh and Nadars and Thevars in Tamil Nadu’ published in the book, F. Hrangkhuma, Christianity in India: Search for Liberation and Identity (New Delhi: ISPCK, 1998).


  1. ‘Impact of Christianity on Kuki people: A Preliminary observation’ in the Souvenir of Kuki Worship Service, Gauhati, 200
  2. ‘Celebrating Cultural Differences for Global Peace’ – online Journal Article

Participation at National and International conferences:

  1. Resource person at ‘South Asia Regional Creation Care Conference’ Part of the Lausanne/WEA Global Campaign for Creation Care and the Gospel Hotel View Bhrikuti, Godavri, Lalitpur, Nepal, 12 - 16th September 2016 Organised  by World Evangelical Alliance, Lausanne and EFICOR.
  2. Resource person at ‘Indigenous Ecological Spiritualties and Christian Faith17-20 August 2015 - Jogja, Indonesia, Organized by: Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW), Nijmegen Institute for Mission Studies (NIM) and the World Council of Churches (WCC)
  3. Haokip, J. “Christianity and Identity: Opportunities, Risks & Responsibilities” presented at Rethinking Christianity Seminar November 15, 2014, Dorcas Hall, Lamka, Manipur, India.
  4. Haokip, J. “Kuki Mission 1910: Reclaiming the vision of Watkin Roberts for the 21st Century Kuki Communities in South Asia” presented at Unity Beyond Borders Conference November 21 & 22, 2013, St Paul’s Retreat Centre, Imphal, Manipur, India.
  5. Contributor: ‘Christian Mission and Kuki Identity; A Study in the Socio-cultural Impact of Protestant-Evangelical Mission on a Traditional Asian People’  presented at Yale-Edinburgh Conference, Yale University, June 27-29, 2013.
  6. ‘Ethnic Identity and Christianity: A call for fresh theological reflection’ – A Paper presented at the Ecumenical International Conference on “Human Identity and the Gospel of Reconciliation“  at Balatonfüred, Hungary from August 16-23, 2008 organised by IAMS.
  7. Resource person: ‘Gospel and Globalisation’ 2nd South ASia Youth Conference, Bangalore, India, June 8-14, 2005, Sponsored by Church Mission Society (CMS).
  8. Facilitator: ‘Called for Peace’ South Asia Youth Conference, Sri Lanka, May 23-30, 2002 Sponsored by Church Mission Society (CMS), USPG, Methodist church (UK), Church of Scotland and others.
  9. Resource Person: ‘The Role of Lay leaders in the church’ at Diamond Jubilee of the Evangelical Church Association, Manipur, India. 2013
  10. Haokip, J. ‘The Concept of Khankho: Re-Visiting Indigenous Life-world in the context of World Christianity’ Presented at University of Edinburgh, on 4th February 2020.


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Dr. James R Krabill

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Occupational History: Mennonite Mission Network, 2002-2018 (Elkhart, Indiana)
  • Senior Executive for Global Ministries (2002-2016)
  • Senior Mission Advocate (2016-2018)
  • Editor of the Missio Dei series (2002- )
Mennonite Board of Missions, 1976-2002 (Elkhart, Indiana)
  • Vice president of Mission Advocacy and Communication (Elkhart, Ind.), 1996-2001
  • Director for West Africa (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), 1992-96
  • Mission educator (assignment shared with wife, Jeanette, in congregations and educational institutions across North America), 1989-92
  • General missionary, 1976-88; 1992-96 (Europe and Africa)
  • Graduate Institution, City, State: Centre for West African Studies, Univ. of Birmingham (U.K.). Degree, Major: PhD (African Studies/Ethnomusicology). Date of Graduation: 1989. Dissertation: The Hymnody of the Harrist Church Among the Dida of South-Central Ivory Coast (1919-1949)
  • Graduate Institution, City, State: Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart IN. Degree, Major: MDiv. Date of Graduation: 1977. Thesis: No thesis required; only comprehensive oral and written exams
  • Undergraduate Institution, City, State: Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Degree, Major: History (major); Bible/Religion (minor). Date of Graduation: 1974
Academic & professional positions: Teaching/consulting/board positions:
  • PhD co-director or external examiner for the Faculté Théologique du Cameroun (Yaoundé, Cameroon), Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l'Alliance Chrétienne (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire), Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calfornia), and Martin Luther Christian University (Shillong, Meghalaya, India).
  • Adjunct Faculty at Dallas International University, 2019-
  • Assistant editor for the journal, Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith
  • Consultant and board trustee for the Global Ethnodoxology Network (GEN), 2007- ; board chair, 2019-
  • Advisory team member for the GROW Center/Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2014-
  • Member of the Arts in Mission Task Force of the Mission Commission/World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), 2014-
  • Publication board for American Society of Missiology (ASM), 2001-16
  • Chair of the Scholarly Monograph Committee/American Society of Missiology, 2010-
  • Visiting Teaching Professor (Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA), 2008-
  • Visiting Teaching Faculty for ethnodoxology intensives—Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), 2008-14; Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2012; Liberty University, 2014-15; Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR), 2011; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC0, 2009; Redeemer Seminary (Dallas), 2014; Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN, 2018).
  • Core Adjunct Professor of Missions (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN), 2006-
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Christian Worship/Anabaptist Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, CA), 2006-13
  • West Africa Local Coordinator for Cross-Cultural Program, 1994; and Associate Professor for Euro-Africa Cross-Cultural Semester, 2005 (Eastern Mennonite College/University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Adjunct Professor of Missions, 1990; West Africa Local Coordinator for Study-Service Term, 1992-1996; Adjunct Professor of Social Work, 2000-2003; Adjunct Professor of Sociology, 2018 (Goshen College, Goshen, IN)
Classroom lectures given:
  • South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies/SAIACS (Bengaluru, India, 2018, 2020)
  • Union Biblical Seminary (Pune, India, 2018-2019)
  • Centre Universitaire de Missiologie (Kinshasa, Congo, 2012)
  • Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Rep. of Ireland, 2007)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA, 2006-)
  • Evangelical Baptist Seminary (Santiago, Chile, 2003)
  • Taylor University (Upland, IN, 2001)
  • Bluffton College (Bluffton, OH, 2001)
  • Messiah College (Grantham, PA, 2000)
  • Goshen College (Goshen, IN, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004-)
  • Hesston College (Hesston, KS, 1992, 1998, 2014, 2016)
  • Bethel College (Newton, KS, 1992, 1996, 2014-)
  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, IN, 1985, 1989-92, 1998-)
  • Indiana University/South Bend (1991, 2004)
  • Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN, 1990, 2003)
  • Selly Oak Colleges (Birmingham, UK, 1989)
  • Yamoussoukro Bible Institute (Ivory Coast, 1985-86, 1992-96)
  • Dominican Theological Seminary (Paris, France, 1986)
  • Eastern Mennonite College & Seminary (Harrisonburg, VA, 1985, 1989-90, 1999, 2005-)
  • Wheaton College (Chicago, IL, 1985)
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics/SIL (Abidjan, 1984)
  • Man Bible Institute (Ivory Coast, 1984)
  • WEC Bible Institute (Ivory Coast, 1983)
  • Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack, New York, 1982)
  • Theological College of Northern Nigeria (1980)
  • Catholic Institute of West Africa (Abidjan, 1980)
  • Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN, 1978)
  • Nogent Bible Institute (Nogent-sur-Marne, France, 1978)
  • Catholic Institute of Paris (Paris, France, 1978)
Courses taught:
  • Dallas International University (Dallas, TX, 2019-)
  • South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies (Bengaluru, India, 2018, 2020)
  • Co-taught “Introduction to Ethnodoxology” intensive courses at:
    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY, 2008-14)
    • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2012)
    • Liberty University (2014-15)
    • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR, 2011)
    • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC, 2009)
    • Redeemer Seminary (Dallas, 2014)
    • Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN, 2018)
  • Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Harrisonburg, VA, 2009-)
  • Overseas Ministries Study Center (New Haven, CT, 2010-).
  • Eastern Mennonite Mission-sponsored Perspectives Course [“The Cultural Path”] (Lancaster, PA, 2008)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA, 2007-2013)
  • Etudes Francophones de Théologie Anabaptiste [EFraTA] (Bienenberg/Centre de Formation et de Rencontre, Liestal, Switzerland, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
  • Formation Biblique pour le Service dans l’Assemblée [F.B.S.A.] (Bienenberg/Centre de Formation et de Rencontre, Liestal, Switzerland, 2007)
  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary [week-end course] (2001); semester-long courses (2007-)
  • Reaching And Discipling (RAD) discipleship center (Chicago, IL, 2006-2008)
  • Eastern Mennonite University Euro-Africa Cross-Cultural Semester (France, Switzerland, Benin and Ghana, August-December, 2005)
  • Discipling-Encounter-Outreach (DEO) training orientation [mini-course] (Wichita, KS, 2004)
  • World Missions Institute [annual mini-courses] (Philadelphia/Lancaster, PA, 2002-11)
  • Benin Bible Institute (Cotonou, Benin, 1989-96, 2000)
  • Great Lakes Discipleship Center/Reaching and Discipling (New Haven, IN, 1998-2004; Chicago, 2006)
  • Goshen College (Goshen, IN, 1990, 2000, 2002)
  • Goshen Bible Institute (Goshen, IN, 1997)
  • Institut Pastoral International (Abidjan, 1992-96)
  • Local coordinator of Eastern Mennonite College Cross-Cultural semester (Côte d’Ivoire, 1994)
  • Local coordinator of Goshen College Study-Service Term (Côte d’Ivoire, 1992-96)
  • Evangelical Training Center in Communications/CEFCA (Abidjan, 1992-96, 2003)
  • Alliance Evangelical Theological Faculty/FATEAC (Abidjan, 1991)
  • Village-based Theological Education by Extension/TEE courses (Ivory Coast, 1981-88)
Selected Publications (books, scholarly articles, book chapters, edited works, other writings) Selected publications on music, arts, and worship
  1. “Arts and Mission: A Complex Story of Cultural Encounter,” chapter 1, in The Arts as Witness in Multifaith Contexts [Roberta R. King and William A. Dyrness, eds.] Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2019, pp. 21-38.
  2. “The Harrist Church in Côte d’Ivoire: Putting faith and history to music,” in Global Arts and Christian Witness [Roberta King, ed.] Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019, pp. 116-117.
  3. “Worship and Mission,” chapter 8, with Janie Blough, in God’s People in Mission: An Anabaptist Perspective [Stanley W. Green and Rafael Zaracho, eds.] (Bogota, Colombia: Mennonite World Conference, 2018), pp. 113-125.
  4. Arts and Orality Part 1: Foundations and Applications [ed. with Katie Hoogerheide], Vol. 5, No. 1, of the Orality Journal (2016).
  5. Arts and Orality Part 2: Equipping for Ministry [ed. with Katie Hoogerheide], Vol. 5, No. 2, of the Orality Journal (2016).
  6. “Hymn-collecting among Dida Harrists, in Global Forum on Arts and Christian Faith (a peer refereed journal published electronically twice a year by the International Council of Ethnodoxologists [ICE]), Vol. 2 (April 2014):A20-A36.
  7. “Culturally appropriate music: Lessons learned from mission history in Africa,” in Mission Frontiers [Special feature on “Ethnodoxology: Worship and mission for the global church,” 36:5 (September/October 2014): 13-15.
  8. Mission and Worship for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook [James R. Krabill, general editor, with Frank Fortunato, Robin Harris, and Brian Schrag, associate editors] Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2013, 580 pp.
  9. Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals [James R. Krabill, general editor, with author-editor Brian Schrag] Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey Library, 2013, 282 pp.
  10. “Biblical Approaches to Peace,” in (un)Common Sounds: Songs of Peace and Reconciliation Among Muslims and Christians [Roberta R. King, ed.; and Sooi-Ling Tan, assoc. ed.] Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2013, pp. 87-103.
  11. “William Wadé Harris,” in The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, J.R. Watson and Emma Hornby, eds. (Norwich, U.K.: SCM/Canterbury Press, 2013).
  12. “Singing our Way into God’s Future,” The Mennonite [official Mennonite Church USA monthly publication], June 2013:18-19.
  13. "Begegnungen: Was mit Musik passiert, wenn Völker sich begegnen,” in Klangwandel: Über Musik in der Mission [Verena Grüter and Benedict Schubert, eds.] Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2010, pp. 89-108.
  14. “‘These People Aren’t Really Christian, Are They?” A Mission Administrator’s Plea for Ministry Training in Ethno-Arts” Connections [quarterly journal of the Worldwide Evangelical Association] Special Lausanne 2010 edition on “Arts in Mission,” 9 (2-3) Fall 2010:50-51. See also:,-are-they-.aspx
  15. Book review of Pathways in Christian Music Communication: The Case of the Senufo of Côte d’Ivoire by Roberta R. King (Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications [American Society of Missiology Monograph Series, No. 3], 2009), in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research 2010:114-115.
  16. “Music the Blood of African Church Life” (Mayeken Kehr, interviewer and writer) Mennonite Mission Network news release (July 24, 2008). See story at:
  17. Music in the Life of the African Church [with Roberta King (senior editor), Jean Kidula and Thomas Oduro] Baylor University Press, 2008, 187 pp.
  18. “Encounters: What Happens to Music When People Meet,” in Music in the Life of the African Church [Roberta King (senior editor), Jean Kidula, James R. Krabill, and Thomas Oduro] Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2008, pp. 57-79.
  19. “Ntsikana: A Model for Those Who Would Put African Faith to Music,” in Music in the Life of the African Church [Roberta King (senior editor), Jean Kidula, James R. Krabill, and Thomas Oduro] Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2008, pp. 60-61.
  20. “The Musical Legacy of William Wade Harris,” in Music in the Life of the African Church [Roberta King (senior editor), Jean Kidula, James R. Krabill, and Thomas Oduro] Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2008, pp. 64-65.
  21. “Dida Harrist Hymnody, 1913-1990” in Primal & Folk & New Religious Movements: The READER, compiled by James R. Krabill [curriculum manual and reader of selected articles for semester course on “Primal & Folk & New Religious Movements” taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, spring semester 2007] Elkhart, Ind.: Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2007.
  22. Theology in Song: The READER [curriculum manual and reader of selected articles for intensive course on “Theology in Song” taught at Fuller Theological Seminary/School of Intercultural Studies, June 25-29, 2007] Pasadena, Calif.: Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007.
  23. Book review of The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity, and Indian Hymns by Luke Eric Lassiter, Clyde Ellis, and Ralph Kotay ((Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), in Mennonite Life [illustrated quarterly published by Bethel College, Newton, KS] (61) 4 (December) 2006. Posted at:
  24. “Himologia Autoctona” in email ministry newsletter “Info Indigena” by Frank Pauls [Mennonite worker among indigenous peoples in the Chaco, Argentina], July 6, 2006. Frank Pauls’ email address:
  25. “‘Teach Us the Songs of Heaven!’  An African Evangelist Encourages Indigenous Hymnody,” in All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the Worship Music of the Nations [Frank Fortunato, with Paul Neeley and Carol Brinneman, eds.] Tyrone, GA: Authentic Publishing, 2006, pp. 51-57.
  26. “Theology of Song” in Global Consultation on Music and Missions: The Proceedings [CD-ROM of GCoMM consultation held at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, July 11-15, 2006.] (Paul Neeley, Linda Neeley, Paul McAndrew, and Cathy McAndrew, eds.), 2006.  Produced by and available from: Ethnodoxology/ACT, 710 Upland Lane, Duncanville, Texas, 75116.  In addition to presentation, includes photos, music scores and video clip.
  27. “Spreading the Word through Dance” (Kirsten Beachy, interviewer) Crossroads [the EMU magazine for alumni and friends] (86) 4 (Spring) 2006:18.
  28. “‘Teach Us the Songs of Heaven!’  The Remarkable Story of How One African Evangelist Encouraged the Creation of Indigenous Hymnody,” in Global Consultation on Music and Missions: The Proceedings [CD-ROM of GCoMM consultation held in Fort Worth, Texas, September 15-18, 2003] (Paul Neeley, Linda Neeley, Paul McAndrew, and Cathy McAndrew, eds.), 2004.  Produced by and available from: Ethnodoxology/ACT, 710 Upland Lane, Duncanville, Texas, 75116.  In addition to presentation, includes photos, charts and music clips of six dogblo hymns.
  29. “Sing New Songs” Global Perspectives [a Mennonite Board of Missions newsletter] 99 (2) February 1999:1.
  30. “Fainting to the Tune of ‘Amazing Grace’” Keep the Faith/Share the Peace [the newsletter of the Mennonite Church Peace and Justice Committee] (5) 3 (June) 1999:1-2.
  31. “A la découverte d’un chant sacré africain.  Les cantiques de l’Eglise Harriste chez les Dida” Perspectives Missionnaires (31) 1996:53-72.
  32. The Hymnody of the Harrist Church Among the Dida of South-Central Ivory Coast (1913-1949) Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity, Vol. 74, edited by Walter J. Hollenweger, Jan A. B. Jongeneel, Theo Sundermeier and Richard Friedli) Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang GmbH (1995), 603 pp.
  33. “Scripture Use in AIC Hymnody:  Fourteen Fields of Investigation” (Chapter 17) in Afro-Christian Religion at the Grassroots in Southern Africa (African Studies, Vol. 19, edited by G. C. Oosthuizen and Irving Hexham) Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press (1991), pp. 293-331.
  34. “The Songs of God” (Elizabeth Weaver Kreider, interviewer) Festival Quarterly [Intercourse, PA] (18) 3 (Fall) 1991:10-11.
  35. “Hymn-Collecting Among the Dida Harrists” in Ministry in Partnership with African Independent Churches [Papers presented at the Kinshasa Pan-African Conference of Interdenominational Mission Agencies Relating to African Independent Churches, July 1989] (David A. Shank, ed.) Elkhart, Indiana:  Mennonite Board of Missions (1991), pp. 220-238.
  36. “Dida Harrist Hymnody (1913-1990)” Journal of Religion in Africa XX, 2 (Fall) 1990:118-152.
  37. Guest-edited special “Ethnomusicology” issue of Mission Focus (18) 4 (December) 1990 [quarterly missiological journal of Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Indiana].  Articles include:  “The Missionary and Music,” by Albert W. D. Friesen, pp. 49-51; “Evolving African Hymnody,” by Mary K. Oyer, pp. 52-56; “William Wadé Harris (1860-1929): African Evangelist and ‘Ethnohymnologist,’” by James R. Krabill, pp. 56-59; “Sing to the Lord a New Song,” by Malcolm Wenger, pp. 59-62; and “Experiencing Native American Music: Living with Cheyenne and Crow Indians,” by David Graber, pp. 62-64.
  38. “William Wadé Harris (1860-1929): African Evangelist and ‘Ethno’musicologist” Mission Focus (18) 4 (December) 1990:56-59.
  39. “Hymnology:  Teaching the Songs of Heaven (The Legacy of William Wadé Harris),” in The Mennonite Encyclopedia (Vol. V) Scottdale, Pennsylvania:  Herald Press (1990), p. 411.
  40. Àlísìnya lá Àflúwá (Textes liturgiques harristes en dida) [with Alphonse Kobli Beugre] Abidjan:  Summer Institute of Linguistics (S.I.L.), 1986, 42 pp. Republished in 2015.
  41. Dogblo (Chants harristes dida, No. 1) [with Alphonse Kobli Beugre] Abidjan:  Summer Institute of Linguistics (S.I.L.), 1988, 64 pp. Republished in 2015.
  42. Yåjå (Chants harristes dida, No. 2) [with Alphonse Kobli Beugre] Abidjan:  Summer Institute of Linguistics (S.I.L.), 1988, 40 pp. Republished in 2015.
  43. Nodìlõ (Chants harristes dida, No. 3) [with Alphonse Kobli Beugre] Abidjan:  Summer Institute of Linguistics (S.I.L.), 1988, 86 pp. Republished in 2015.
  44. Èvlíwò Lõ (Chants harristes dida, No. 4) [with Alphonse Kobli Beugre] Abidjan:  Summer Institute of Linguistics (S.I.L.), 1988, 105 pp. Republished in 2015.
Other selected publications:
  1. “Six Decades in the Making: A Story of Friendship and Ministry Partnership between African-Initiated Churches and North American Mennonites,” in Anabaptist Witness [a peer-reviewed global Anabaptist and Mennonite journal on the church in mission] (5) 2 (October 2018), pp. 85-104.
  2. Fully Engaged: Missional Church in an Anabaptist Voice [edited with Stanley W. Green] Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald Press, 2015, 363 pp.
  3. “Shalom—Le projet de Dieu: Pourquoi la paix et la mission sont inséparables,” Liestal, Switzerland: Etudes Francophones de Théologie Anabaptiste (EFraTA), 2015, 6 pp.
  4. Book review of Joy to the World! Mission in the Age of Global Christianity by Dana L. Robert, with Study Guide by Toby Gould (New York: Women’s Division/General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, 2010) in Mission Focus Annual Review 2011, No. 19 (Elkhart, Ind.: Mission Focus Publications [3003 Benham Ave., Elkhart, Ind., 46517-1999]), 2012:288-289.
  5. Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom: The Legacy of Alan and Eleanor Kreider [edited with Stuart Murray Williams] Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, in collaboration with Herald Press, Scottdale, PA, 2011, 234 pp.
  6. Mission from the Margins: Selected Writings from the Life and Ministry of David A. Shank Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies; co-published with Herald Press, Scottdale, PA, 2010, 360 pp.
  7. Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century [edited with David W. Shenk] Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2009. See also Study Guide:
  8. Book review of Missions in Contexts of Violence by Keith E. Eitel, ed. (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2007), in Evangelical Missions Quarterly 44 (3) July 2008:388, 390.Ensemble en Mission : Le fond de croyances, de valeurs, et d’engagements de réseau de mission mennonite [Missio Dei, No. 10, trans. David A. Shank] Liestal, Switzerland: Etudes Francophones de Théologie Anabaptiste (EFraTA), 2007, 15 pp.
  9. Ton Eglise dégage-t-elle une “odeur”de mission? Devenir une “Eglise missionnale”: Quelques réflexions [Missio Dei, No. 2, trans. Claudine Diénot, Jessica Goldschmidt and Michel Sommer] Liestal, Switzerland: CeFoR Bienenberg, FBSA, 9-10 February 2007, 12 pp.
  10. What I Learned from the African Church: Twenty-Two Students Reflect on a Life-Changing Experience [Missio Dei, No. 11] Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Mission Network, 2006.
  11. Even the Demons Submit: Continuing Jesus’ Ministry of Deliverance [edited with Loren Johns] Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies/Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2006, 214 pp.
  12. Evangelical, Ecumenical and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation: Essays in Honor of Wilbert R. Shenk [edited with Walter Sawatsky and Charles van Engen] Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006, 352 pp.
  13. Anabaptists Meeting Muslims: A Calling for Presence in the Way of Christ [edited with David W. Shenk and Linford Stutzman] Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2005, 566 pp.
  14. Eine Theologie der Mission für heute [Mission Insight, No. 1, trans. Franz Rathmair] Mennonitsche Freikirche, Fachschulstr. 1B, A-4400 Steyr, Austria; email:, 2005, 16 pp.
  15. Is It Insensitive to Share Your Faith? Hard Questions about Christian Mission in a Plural World Intercourse, Pa.: Good Books, 2005, 155 pp.
  16. Students Talk about Service [Missio Dei No. 7, co-edited with Stuart W. Showalter] Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Mission Network, 2004, 36 pp.
  17. Does Your Church “Smell” Like Mission?  Reflections on Becoming a Missional Church [Missio Dei No. 2] Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Mission Network, 2003, 20 pp.
  18. Where Teachers Become Learners and Learners, Teachers:  MBM Marks Four Decades of Ministry with African-Initiated Churches [Mission Insight No. 23] Elkhart, Ind.: Mennonite Board of Missions, 2001, 19 pp.
  19. Handing on the Legacy: Mission Issues and Stories from Mennonite Board of Missions [A Mission Insight Collection, 1999-2001] Elkhart, Ind.: MBM, 2001, 24 booklet set.
  20. “Neither ‘reached’ nor ‘unreached’: The response of one mission agency to the independent churches of West Africa” Journal of African Christian Initiatives [Good News Theological College & Seminary, Accra North, Ghana], 6 (2) June 2001: 44-58.
  21. Book review of Missionary Responses to Tribal Religions at Edinburgh, 1910 by J. Stanley Friesen (New York: Peter Lang, 1996), in The Mennonite Quarterly Review (LXXIV) 3 (July) 2000:487-490.
  22. “The Short-Term Experience: Current Trends/Future Challenges” Mission Focus: Annual Review, Vol. 6 (Elkhart, Ind.: Mission Focus Publications [3003 Benham Ave., Elkhart, Ind., 46517-1999]), 1998:125-135.
  23. Book review of Religious Plurality in Africa: Essays in Honour of John S. Mbiti by Jacob K. Olupona and Sulayman S. Nyang, eds. (New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1993), in Missiology (XXV) 1 (January) 1997:102.
  24. Nos racines racontées.  Récits historiques sur l’Eglise en Afrique de l’Ouest  Abidjan: Presses Bibliques Africaines (1996), 373 pp.
  25. The Urban Mission:  A Cloud of Anabaptist Witnesses.  An Overview and Bibliography [with Allan Yoder] Elkhart, Indiana:  Mennonite Board of Missions (1993), 19 pp.
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