oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Inculturation in process: Influence of the coping-healing churches on the attitudes and praxis of mainline churches

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Inculturation may be understood as the emergence of a local church in a place (Bate 1994:100). By a local church we mean the manifestation of the one church of Christ as the community of faith in a particular context. Essential for this emergence are two apparently opposed forces whose dialectical resolution motivates the inculturation process. The first of these forces is the unifying, creative and redemptive power of God seeking the oneness of creation and salvation, so that God may be all in all. The second is the incarnational locus of all creation and salvation which moves the Word to take on flesh in a time, place and culture and the Spirit to take the church to the ends of the earth.

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