Steve continues his work in the area of the Theology of Christian Mission. In the spring of 2024 Orbis Books will publish his recently completed work, Community of Missionary Disciples: The Continuing Creation of the Church. He continues to research and write in ecclesiology, theology of priesthood in religious life, the spirituality of his congregation, the Society of the Divine Word, and the spirituality of mission.

From 2014 until 2022, Steve was a member of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Mission and Evangelism, and is still very much involved in ecumenical affairs. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Bulletin of Mission Research and the advisory board of the International Review of Mission. In 2021 he received the American Society of Missiology’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stephen Bevans, SVD


  • Does God Love the Coronavirus? Friendship, Theology, and Hope in a Post-Covid World (with Clemens Sedmak, 2021).
  • Evangelization and Religious Freedom: Ad Gentes, Dignitatis Humanae (with Jeffrey Gros, 2009).
  • Essays in Contextual Theology (2018)
  • Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context, and Prophetic Dialogue (with Cathy Ross, 2015)
  • A Century of Catholic Mission (Edited, 2013)
  • Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today (with Roger P. Schroeder, 2011)
  • An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009)
  • Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (with Roger P. Schroeder, 2004).
  • Models of Contextual Theology (2002)
  • John Oman and His Doctrine of God (1992)
  • Missio Dei and Missio Ecclesiae: Trinitarian Mission, Theosis, and the Missionary Nature of the Church,” in ed. Jacob Kavunkal, SVD and Christian Tauchner, SVD, Mission beyond Ad Gentes (Siegburg, Germany: Fraz Schmitt Verlag, 2016), 17-30.
  • Ad gentes divinitus: Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity, December 7, 1965,” in A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016), 83-87.
  • With Ricky Manalo, “Contextual Preaching,” in ed. Edward Foley, A Handbook for Catholic Preaching (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016), 233-43.
  • With Daesung Lee, “Culture,” in ed. Kenneth R. Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyriaki Avtzi and Roderick R. Hewitt, Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and new Concepts of Mission (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2016), 201-17.
  • “The Holy Spirit and Christian Mission Today,” in ed. Stanley M. Burgess and Paul W. Lewis, A Light to the Nation: Explorations in Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Books, 2017), 155-69.
  • “Transforming Discipleship: Missiological Reflections,” International Review of Mission, 105.1 (402) (July, 2016): 75-85.
  • The Church: Toward a Common Vision: A Missiological Reading,” One in Christ, 50, 2 (2016): 250-56.
  • “Tribute to Bill Burrows,” Missiology: An International Review, 45, 1 (January, 2017): 116-18.
  • “Élet, öröm és szeretet: missziói documentumok párbszéde,”Lelkipásztor 92 (2017/2): 60-64.
  • “Influences protestantes sur la conception catholique de la mission,” Spiritus 227 (Juin, 2017): 171-84.
  • Review of Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective by John G. Flett, International Bulletin of Mission Research, 41, 2 (April, 2017):102-6.
  • Review of The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry, by Bernard Cooke and Bruce T. Morrill, Foreword by Elizabeth A. Johnson, Theological Studies 78, 2 (June, 2017): 493-94.