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Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Volume 35, Issue 2, 2007
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Volume 35, Issue 2, 2007
Author J.N.J. (Klippies) KritzingerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 1 –2 (2007)More Less
As usual, this issue contains a wide variety of missiological contributions, the first four by German scholars associated with Unisa. Then there are four articles by scholars from Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. We hope you will find them enriching and challenging.
Author Johannes ReimerSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 3 –17 (2007)More Less
African churches have discovered their missionary call to Europe. Hundreds of churches have been planted there by African missionaries in the course of the last decade. Some call the growing movement of African missionaries to Europe "mission in return", others are rather sceptical. The gospel that is coming back home seems a changed gospel. This article investigates the nature of the missionary message African missionaries bring to Europe and explores the consequences of this for both European and African Christians who are seeking to renew Christianity in Europe.
Author Tobias RinkSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 18 –43 (2007)More Less
The author develops a multi-dimensional methodology for the analysis of conversion motives. He suggests examining conversion narratives consecutively from the perspective of theology, sociology, psychology of religion and anthropology. In a second step, the results of each discipline are analysed in a critical dialogue in view of the conversion motives in each case study.
Source: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 44 –57 (2007)More Less
This article introduces a matrix for measuring steps in the process of conversion of Muslims to the Christian faith. It briefly explains conversion from the perspectives of theology, sociology and psychology. It then gives an overview of different approaches to describe the conversion process, particularly one-dimensional and two-dimensional approaches. Based on these various approaches a 'spiritual decision matrix' for evaluating the conversion processes of Muslims is introduced which describes the cognitive and the affective dimensions of such processes. The matrix shows and visualises various aspects in this process and becomes an important tool in evaluating the stage at which a Muslim friend is in the decision process. This enables the Christian change agent to be able to share the gospel in a meaningful way and encourage Muslim friends to move forward on the cognitive and affective dimensions towards a decision to follow Christ.
Author Friedemann WalldorfSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 58 –70 (2007)More Less
Ecumenical missiological discussions agree that Europe is a post-Christian and postmodern context with a pluralist culture, a continent in need of mission. This article analyses and interprets the ecumenical debate on mission in Europe between 1979 and 1992, describing three basic models for contextual mission theology in Europe. These three dominant approaches to (re)evangelising Europe today are : an ecclesiocentric-inculturational model, a cosmocentric-pluralist model, and a bibliocentric-holistic model. The author argues for an approach that affirms religious freedom as well as cultural and religious plurality, since mission should foster real dialogue and seek personal conversion. He concludes with additional perspectives on the hermeneutics of mission in the context of postmodernity and pluralism from an evangelical perspective.
Church-related universities as a manifestation of new frontiers in mission : the Zimbabwean experienceAuthor Solmon ZwanaSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 71 –88 (2007)More Less
The emergence of church-related universities stands as a hallmark in the mission of the church in post-colonial Zimbabwe. Such universities are an innovation by churches in their endeavour to spread religious teachings. In the history of the church, throughout many parts of the world, education has been an essential tool of mission. The Zimbabwean experience has been that churches confined themselves to primary, secondary, and tertiary training that was amenable to the evangelistic thrust common during the missionary period. However, mission is not merely about gaining converts; it is also about achieving influence through the development of personnel who can have global impact. Universities in this regard stand as relevant tools of mission for the church in contemporary Zimbabwe where, as is the case elsewhere, the role of well-qualified intellectuals is becoming increasingly significant.
Author Robert K. Lang'atSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 89 –107 (2007)More Less
This article argues that the African Initiated Churches (AICs) cannot be served well with an interpretive paradigm that radically delineates their theology from the mainline churches. Particular reference is made to the holiness-Pentecostal experience as prevalent, particularly in the initial stages, and perhaps in a modified form at later polemic stages, in the AICs. Use is made of the case of South African Zionism, in order to demonstrate a thesis whose tenacity runs through Central African Prophet, East African Spirit Church, and the West African Aladura movements. This discredits an interpretive dichotomy that regards the Zionist Churches as unorthodox and rebellious and paying insufficient attention to historical sources, which demonstrate continuities between renewalist experiences in the missionary-founded churches and the Zionist congregations.
Author Julius Mutugi GathogoSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 108 –130 (2007)More Less
Post-colonial Africa has something to learn from ancient African religiosity as expressed in African hospitality. In turn, it is critical to appreciate that ancient hospitality in Africa, where injury to one was literally injury to all members of the community and the joy or the fear of one was seen as everyone's concern, seems to be disappearing. The paper revisits this African hospitality, in a summarized form and reflects on it, in order to assess its potential contribution to post-colonial Africa. In the face of traditional African hospitality having been affected by current trends, this paper attempts to show that there is need for more study into African hospitality, as with African religion - as they both permeate all aspects of African life. In the light of globalisation, it is essential to assess whether there is any authentic contribution that African hospitality can make to the rest of the world.
Ministerial training and theological education in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa : the road aheadAuthor Neville RichardsonSource: Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies 35, pp 131 –152 (2007)More Less
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa is not unique among churches in its struggle to train its ministers, but there are features that make its particular struggle distinctive. Four background features are most notable: the interface of missionary colonialism and indigenous culture, the impact of apartheid, the rise of significant ecumenical training schemes, and their fall just as the new South Africa emerged. The intertwining of these features adds to the complexity of the situation. The culminating question is: Quo vadis Methodist ministerial training and theological education in Southern Africa in the Twenty-first Century?