Original Research - Special Collection: Mission and Ethics

Trends in missional ecclesiology

Cornelius J.P. Niemandt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1198 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1198 | © 2012 Cornelius J.P. Niemandt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2011 | Published: 29 June 2012

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Cornelius J.P. Niemandt, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Missional ecclesiology emerged as one of the significant trends in mission studies and ecumenical discussion in the last couple of years. What were these trends in missional ecclesiology? What kind of missional theology formed and fuelled the renewed interest in missional ecclesiology? What impact flowed from the important ecumenical events in 2010 (Edinburgh 2010 World Mission Conference, World Communion of Reformed Churches and Lausanne III)? This article explained the term ‘missional church’ and explored missional theology as participating in the life of the Trinity and thus mission as ‘joining in with the Spirit’. It explained the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology. The trends in missional ecclesiology were tracked by focusing on an incarnational approach to the church; relationality in the community of believers; the role of the kingdom of God; discernment as the first act in mission; imago Dei and creativity; the ecclesia and local community and finally mission and ethics.


Missional ecclesiology; missional church; incarnational; mission and ethics; mission and ecumenics


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