oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Missiology and ecclesiology: A perspective from Africa

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The church in Africa has not made an adequate impact on African societies in general, due (among other things) to a defective ecclesiology. Ecclesiology should be based on missiology; in other words, mission should be an integral dimension of ecclesiology. In Africa a new ecclesiology is urgently needed in order to reach unreached peoples, plant new churches and the church make a visible impact on various areas of life in Africa. This new ecclesiology will address the structure of the local church, the economic and human resources of the church, the nature and content of mission, the concept of universality and the church's mandate.

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