Institute of Diaspora Studies

The Institute of Diaspora Studies (IDS) was founded at Western Seminary in 2006. IDS is a joint effort of researchers and practitioners seeking to understand and minister to the people of diaspora, viz., people dispersed from their original homeland. Special focus will be given to developing strategies for the effective communication of the Gospel to these displaced peoples. IDS eventually seeks to offer courses equipping others for this type of ministry to specific ethnic groups (e.g., Chinese, Filipino, Hispanic, etc.). For more information, click here for an IDS brochure.

In addition to the titles listed on the flyer of diaspora books published by IDS, two additional dissertations on diaspora missiology have been completed recently.

Currently, there is a doctoral level class on Diaspora Missiology offered in distance learning format. Click here to see the syllabus for the course. For more information, please contact Dr. Wan at the email link below.

For more information about IDS, please contact Dr. Enoch Wan, Director of IDS, at 503.517.1804 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..