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EMNR – Evangelical Ministries to New Religions

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EMNR (Evangelical Ministries to New Religions) is a professional membership association for individuals and organizations in ministry to "cults" of Christianity, new religious movements, and world religions.

EMNR was formed in 1982, to become a "a consortium of Christians in North America, seeking to help people distinguish authentic from in-authentic Christianity and strengthen evangelical Christian ministries to new religionists and cultists."

The founders of EMNR adopted the Lausanne Covenant as the governing document which would apply to both member organizations and individuals. EMNR was born in an effort to practically implement Affirmation 7 of the Lausanne Covenant: "We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church's mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience."

Though EMNR was conceived as an umbrella group for ministries to the cults and new religions, our founders and current board members have no wish for EMNR to assume a magisterial role, nor to become a closed guild which might diminish the validity of other ministries who are not part of EMNR.
- Source: About EMNR, last accessed May 22, 2006

Members of EMNR must agree to its Statement of Purpose:

  1. Missions - Facilitate mission to new religious movements through networking and the stimulation and formulation of mission strategy to new religions as frontier mission to unreached people groups.
  2. Accountability - Maintain worthy theological, ethical and missiological standards among members.
  3. Scholarship - Stimulate the scholarly and popular production of research and writing on neglected aspects of strategies, methods and materials important to reaching these unreached people groups.
  4. Recognition - Recognize the qualified and credentialed ministries reaching the unreached in the new religions and cults.
  5. Networking - Encourage mutual understanding and cooperation among evangelical Christian agencies and individuals, as well as secular organizations where appropriate.
  6. Referrals - Recommend to the public, churches and schools those agencies and materials which meet quality standards and may help as a protective to involvement with a non-Christian or pseudo-Christian religious movement.
- Source: About EMNR, last accessed May 22, 2006

Members of EMNR also "must affirm their agreement with and commitment to comply with and uphold the positions set forth in the EMNR Manual of Ethical and Doctrinal Standards."

The publishers of Apologetics Index support the ministry of EMNR. While we ourselves are not members of EMNR (by virtue of the fact that we are located outside North America, in Amsterdam, Netherlands), we encourage North American organizations and individuals involved in apologetics and/or countercult ministry to join EMNR.

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This post was last updated: May. 24, 2006