The idea of an Association of Catholic Missiologists was first ventilated in 1996 at a meeting of the professors of Missiology from the two faculties of Missiology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (PUG) and the Pontifical Urban University (PUU), both in Rome, Italy. At the preliminary meeting held at the PUU, six professirs including the deans of the faculties of Missiology took part. It was the task of the core group to draft a set of statutes to guide the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM). After some discussions over several meetings, a general consensus about the nature, scope, and the statutes to guide the eventual IACM gradually evolved.
From 2010 until the present, more than 200 Catholic missiologists from all over the world, who have doctorate and licentiate degrees in missiology and who are at the frontiers of missionary work and education, have taken part in the life of the Association.
It is the commitment of every member to contribute his or her small part in the wonderful mosaic of the Church's mission. The IACM is at the service of the mission of the Church.