n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Missionary or missional? A study in terminology

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The author attempts to get clarity on the two related terms, missionary and , as the former is being replaced more and more in academic writing by the latter term. He finds that there is no clear etymological difference in the terms, as both derive from the root word . Writers using the term clearly state that they understand mission mainly as , which is a well-established term. The difference implied therefore must lie in contextual factors, as is used specifically to describe the in the North Atlantic. It had its origins in work done by the Gospel and Our Culture Network, and was inspired by the writings of Newbigin and Bosch. The author identifies certain problem areas with the term which will have to be considered if the term is used to describe in Africa.

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