Register for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference!

Register for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference! August 1, 2019

Join us for the 2020 Honor-Shame Conference at Wheaton College!

We will explore how honor and shame influence the gospel, the Church, and various other disciplines, including theology, missiology, pastoral ministry, and counseling.

This is the second such conference. At the June 2017 Honor-Shame Conference, 285 people gathered from some 100 organizations. A learning community gathered from North America and around the world. It included professors, pastors, cross-cultural workers, creatives, and other professional practitioners. Click here to see videos from the 2017 Conference.

The conference will feature workshops led by theologians and practitioners from around the world.

Plenary session presenters

john_barclayJohn M. G. Barclay is a British biblical scholar, historian of early Christianity, and academic. He is the current holder of the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University in Durham, England and is largely considered one of today’s most influential New Testament scholars. His most recent book is Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans, 2015), which many have recognized as the most significant book on Pauline theology in years.

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Jayson Georges (M.Div., Talbot) is the founding editor of He has served cross-culturally for 15 years, and lives in the Middle East. His books include The 3D Gospel and Ministering in Honor-Shame Cultures: Biblical Foundations and Practical Essentials, co-authored with Mark Baker. His forthcoming book (2019, IVP) is Ministering in Patronage Cultures: Biblical Models and Missional Implications.


Larry S. Persons (PhD, Fuller, Intercultural Studies) was born and raised in Thailand. He has lived in Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, and has exceptional command of the Thai language and culture. He is the CEO of CQ Leadership Consulting in Bangkok. In addition to leadership consulting, Larry teaches “Culturally Intelligent Leadership” at the graduate business school of Chulalongkorn University. He is the author of The Way Thais Lead: Face As Social Capital.


Benjamin C. Shin has served as a pastor, parachurch leader and professor for more than 20 years. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Bible Exposition and Director of the Asian-American Ministry track for the Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He is the author (with Sheryl Silzer) of Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities of Asian American Life & Ministry.

shirin_taber-smShirin Taber is Iranian-American and directs the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network ( She is the author of Muslims Next Door and a contributor to Islam and North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors. With the JESUS Film Project, she helped produce the film Magdalena. In 2019, Shirin began her PhD program focused on the intersection of women’s right and religious freedom in Tunisia.


T. V. Thomas is originally from Malaysia and is Founder and Director of the Centre for Evangelism & World Mission (founded in 1984) in Regina, Canada. For over three decades T.V. has enjoyed trans-denominational and transcontinental ministry of speaking, teaching and networking. T.V. helps lead InterVarsity in Canada, Ethnic America Network (EAN), and Lausanne Global Diaspora Network (GDN).

Jackson_Wu-avatarJackson Wu (PhD, SEBTS) teaches theology and missiology. His books include Saving God’s Face and One Gospel for All Nations. His latest book is is Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission. He regularly blogs at, and is the book reviews editor of the mission and culture section for Themelios, a journal of The Gospel Coalition.

What are the overall aims of the conference?

  • Facilitate a learning environment, networking leaders across disciplines and nations.
  • Seed new teams and projects around the world to engage in research, experimentation and the development of new ministry resources.
  • Move toward normalizing honor-shame as an essential component of theological and missiological discourse and gospel contextualization.


Interested in presenting a workshop? Submit a proposal here. Here are some of the people already scheduled to give a workshop.

Gerry Breshears, professor of systematic theology and chair of the Division of Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary

Duane Elmer, director of the Ph.D. program in educational studies and the G. W. Aldeen Chair of International Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Audrey Frank, author/speaker, Fellow at The Truth Collective

Sunny Hong, intercultural consultant with SIL International and Wycliffe Bible Translators

Philip Jamieson, president of United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences

Joshua Jipp, associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Jukka Kääriäinen, associate professor of systematic theology at China Lutheran Seminary in Hsinchu, Taiwan

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary

Samuel Melvin, founder of The Church and Race Ministries

Juliet November, author and cross-cultural worker in Thailand

E. Randolph Richards, professor of biblical studies and provost at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Ken Roberts serves with Pioneers Int’l, and has walked alongside Hindus in India and America for over 10 years

Sheryl Takagi Silzer, adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Chris Sneller, director of innovation at Bridges International, a division of Cru

Trey Thomas, cross-cultural trainer, East Asia

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