oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Missiology and ecclesiology: A perspective from Africa
|Article Title||Missiology and ecclesiology: A perspective from Africa|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 *African Theological Initiative, Abidjan. **Unisa|
|Publication Date||Nov 2003|
|Pages||503 - 517|
|Keyword(s)||African society, Apostolicity, Christian influence, Ethnocentrism, Eucharistic community, Globalisation, Reformation ecclesiology, Tribalism and Western civilisation|
The church in Africa has not made an adequate impact on African societies in general, due (among other things) to a defective ecclesiology. Ecclesiology should be based on missiology; in other words, mission should be an integral dimension of ecclesiology. In Africa a new ecclesiology is urgently needed in order to reach unreached peoples, plant new churches and the church make a visible impact on various areas of life in Africa. This new ecclesiology will address the structure of the local church, the economic and human resources of the church, the nature and content of mission, the concept of universality and the church's mandate.
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