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The Missional congregation in the South African context

Attie van Niekerk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2648 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2648 | © 2014 Attie van Niekerk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 March 2014 | Published: 20 November 2014

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Attie van Niekerk, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The term missional has come into use over the last years in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa and the Department of Science of Religion and Missiology of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. This term refers to the role of the local congregation in the local community or communities and is used with, or in the place of, the term missionary, which traditionally referred to the sending out of a missionary to some or other place. The use of the term missional includes specific views on the goal of mission, what mission is and how it should be done. In this article it is argued that this approach can be seen as a new wave of mission within the South African context, and that it is related to developments in many parts of the global church.


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