The mission of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity is to accomplish significant work in the following three areas.
- Promoting a deeper understanding of world Christianity,
- Partnering with study centers to strengthen Christian intellectual movements in the global south and east, and
- Provoking a reorientation of Christian thought in the North Atlantic region toward the concerns arising from world Christianity.
The Institute's logo features an Adinkra symbol, from Ghana. Adinkras are stamped onto cloth, pottery, and documents to add meaning as well as adornment. This symbol, Akoma Ntoaso, "the linked hearts," shows understanding, agreement, trust, and partnership. It is a most fitting emblem for the Nagel Institute, which aims to link Christian scholars worldwide.