oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Introduction to "African Initiatives in Christian Mission"

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



At the first (and only) major meeting of the International Missionary Council held in Africa, delegates to the Ghana conference of 1958 decided to hold a series of regional consultations on the meaning of mission in an ""ecumenical era."" The dissolution of formal colonialism after the Second World War, combined with the imminent merger of the International Missionary Council into the World Council of Churches, meant that the mission of mainline Protestant churches faced challenging new contexts in the last third of the twentieth century.

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