n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - , twenty years later : paradigm shift or cosmetic facelift?

Volume 39, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



It is twenty years since the publication of David Bosch's (1991). The question that inevitably comes to mind is: has the mission (identity and relevance) of the South African mainline churches embraced the paradigm shift and transformed to become a transforming agent within South African society or have cosmetic changes dominated the need to change?

This article will focus on what the paradigm shift means in theology today and how this relates to and translates into God's transformational passion, of which the church is called to be an agent. The article will investigate the possibilities of embracing a paradigm shift and in doing so rediscovering the local church as an agent of communal transformation within God's mission.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error