Why Does CSIOF Exist?

Since beginning in 2008, the CSIOF continues to provide world-class education, training, equipping, and academic scholarship in an effort to:

  • Train and develop people in their own unique gift mix and callings in order to engage the world of cross-cultural ministry
  • Be a resource for the Church; providing understanding and practical ways to engage  people of other faiths and share the Gospel of Christ in fruitful ways
  • Equip people to be a positive voice in shaping the national, political, and religious landscape of their nation

Vision

  • To equip and train people to effectively engage in cross cultural ministry which necessarily includes understanding the faith of the cross cultural group and its impact on their lives
  • To enable people to be effective spokespeople in their context with reference to cross cultural issues

Mission

  • To equip and train people in their own gift mix and callings to engage in a world of cross-cultural ministry especially in terms of religious encounter
  • To offer courses of study at both an academic and community level in Islam and other faiths
  • To provide opportunities for research into other religions and provide supervision for that research
  • To enabling people to be an informed and biblical grounded voice in shaping the national, political, and religious landscape of their nation

Faculty

Dr Richard Shumack
Dr Richard Shumack

B Surv. (UNSW)
BTh (Moore)
PhD (University of Melbourne)

Dr Richard Shumack is the new Director for Melbourne School of Theology's Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths. Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons.

He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.

    Dr Bernie Power
    Dr Bernie PowerMissiologist

    Bernie’s area of expertise is in the comparative study of Islam and Christianity. He lectures on the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Hadith, Apologetics, and Christian Ministry in Islamic contexts.

    Bernie grew up in Sydney. He has lived and taught in Australia and the UK and various countries in Asia and the Middle East. In his spare time Bernie enjoys reading, bike riding and bushwalking.

      Dr Peter Riddell
      Dr Peter RiddellVice Principal (Academic)

      Peter completed his PhD at the Australian National University, focusing on Islam in Southeast Asia. He studied Qur’anic Exegesis at L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Sorbonne (Paris) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      He has previously taught at the Australian National University, the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and was appointed as Professor of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, where he served from 1996-2007 as the founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. In addition to his present MST appointment, Peter is also a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History, SOAS, University of London.

      Peter has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. His books include Transferring a Tradition (Berkeley, Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Univ. California, 1990); Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses (London, Hurst, 2001); Islam in Context (with Peter Cotterell, Grand Rapids, Baker, 2003); and Christians and Muslims: pressures and potential in a post-9/11 world (Leicester, IVP, 2004).