n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - "Growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold ..." Change and continuity in the Council for World Mission 1977 to 2007

Volume 36, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The Council for World Mission (CWM) is the successor to the London Missionary Society (LMS). In 1977, the Council took a bold decision to end the almost 200 years of European missionary hegemony, and to develop a new way of doing mission. It is now a global community of 31 churches with an equal share in common work and witness. Missiological reflection on CWM has invariably focused only on the changes made 30 years ago as though these were the only matters of importance. This paper argues that, on the contrary, a great deal has been learnt about mission through the work and reflection by the Council and its churches over the past 30 years. It identifies these lessons for the wider Church community.

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