n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Editorial

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This edition of Missionalia is going to print shortly after the funeral of Professor Willem Saayman. Willem Saayman has deeply impacted on South African church,academy and society in various ways, as his close friend and the current general secretary of the Southern African Missiological Society, Professor Nico Botha, bear witness to in the tribute contained in this edition. Given the important influence of Saayman on the field of Missiology in South Africa, the Southern African Missiological Society in particular, and also in this journal, it is appropriate that Saayman is remembered on the pages of this edition. An important part of Saayman's academic legacy is also found on the pages of past editions of this journal, with the repeated citation of some of his articles published in this journal bearing witness to his influence. Of particular significance was his work on a Christian response to AIDS (1991), the development of a Pentecostal Mission model in South Africa (1993), the future of missionary ecclesiology (2000) and more recently his contribution in assisting the African church and missiological community to find clarity on the relationship between the terms missionary and missional (2010). His publications obviously extend far beyond the pages of Missionalia, and we know that his work will continue to influence others.

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