The Osijek Institute for Mission Studies (OSIMS) is a platform for academic reflection on the missionary practice of Church and mission in the societies of post-communist Europe.

Our motto: build bridges for holistic mission along the Danube.

Like the many bridges across the Danube, OSIMS seeks to serve as a bridge between East and West, focusing on:

  • Connecting evangelism and social involvement in holistic mission
  • Spanning the gap between lay people in the church and pastors
  • Linking theoretical reflection on and the practical involvement in mission work
  • Highlighting the cross-cultural dimension of mission in a context with various minorities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Extending relations between Eastern Europe and Christianity in the global South
  • Communicating the Gospel in a relevant way, that in Jesus Christ the gap between God and men is bridged

The research program of OSIMS focuses on two independent but interconnected areas: Missiological trends and issues in Central and Eastern Europe and Roma Church/Christian Communities.

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  • Save the date: Theological Integration Conference, July 1–3, 2021

    ETS is organizing the theological integration conference on Christian conversion - “Christian Conversion: Multi-disciplinary, International and Ecumenical Perspectives” The conference on Christian conversion aims to be a scholarly and reflective inquiry into the Christian practice and experience of conversion from a variety of relevant academic disciplines, national-cultural contexts, and ecclesial traditions, with special care to address the topic within the context of Central and Eastern Europe. The conference will include presentations of academic papers from keynote speakers and accepted submissions from an open call for papers, as well as planned interactive sessions on designated topics. Publication of an anthology of some or all presented papers will be sought with the goal of publication by October, 2022 in celebration of VETU-ETS’s 50th anniversary. More about the conference...
  • New deadline for Merit-Based Scholarship for Early applicants - May 31st!

    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!
  • Merit-Based Scholarship for Early applicants (until May 15th!)

    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!
  • Suspension of classroom-based instruction

    All schools of higher education in Croatia, including our own, received instructions from the Government to suspend our regular classes for two weeks. Our professional board has decided, due to a number of its students coming from distant regions and the possibility of a further extension of this period, that VETU will suspend regular classroom-based instruction for one month and that we will continue with our regular classroom instruction from April 20th. All of our courses will continue with online-based instruction according to our normal schedule - our lecturers will upload their materials on the course pages within (Moodle), students are to be in contact with their lecturers and continue to do assignments as set by their lecturer. Each student has the user information and is enrolled within the system in the courses he / she is attending this semester. The lecturer communicates with students through the aforementioned pages, sends messages, uploads materials, records content, and in the event of problems with the system, will use e-mail to inform the support group.
  • Merit-Based Scholarship for Early applicants (until April 30th!)

    All first-year, degree-seeking applicants, are eligible to be considered for merit scholarship!