Original Research - Special Collection: Interreligious Dialogue

Proclaiming the gospel in an interfaith environment: Missiological and ecumenical approach

Peter White
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 2 | a9024 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i2.9024 | © 2023 Peter White | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 May 2023 | Published: 27 November 2023

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Peter White, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Abstract

Proclaiming the gospel (Christian witnessing) in an interfaith environment is an increasingly critical concern for Christians in today’s globalised society. This article intends to explore a missiological and ecumenical approach to address the challenge of sharing the message of Christ in multi-religious contexts. Drawing on missiological and ecumenical perspectives, the article makes suggestions on how Christians can engage with members of other religions through respectful and authentic dialogue. Such an approach involves recognising the values and beliefs of other religions. The words Christian witnessing, mission and evangelism were used interchangeably in the article in reference to proclaiming the gospel.

Contribution: The article concludes that a missiological and ecumenical approach is vital for the effective proclamation of the gospel in an interfaith environment, creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue and fostering spiritual growth in both the Christian and non-Christian communities. It also makes a case for the integration of interfaith dialogue and encounters in the theological and ministerial formation curriculum for pastors and church workers.


Keywords

mission; evangelism; interreligious dialogue; interfaith; gospel; ecumenism

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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