Original Research - Special Collection: Missiology and Religion Studies and Spirituality

Globalised mission as opportunity

Pierre J. Jacobs, Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2871 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2871 | © 2015 Pierre J. Jacobs, Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 2014 | Published: 26 June 2015

About the author(s)

Pierre J. Jacobs, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Pastor, Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa, Gaborone, Botswana
Ernest van Eck, Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Globalisation develops at a staggering pace that envelopes and infiltrates local South African communities in various ways. Through technology a person can have access to anything today. Should the church try to keep up, or compete with such a reality? This article aims to encourage the church to develop a responsible missional character, which embraces the opportunities globalisation offers – to be a participative forum in a community comprising of more than religious people. Through re-evaluating the church’s missional intent, by shifting the paradigm away from self-centred outcomes, the church should contribute to such a community’s articulation of faith.

Keywords

globilization; secularism; mission; ethics; Jesus; postcolonial

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