International Review of Mission

This publication focuses on ecumenical missiology, while providing articles and academic papers on mission events, book reviews and detailed bibliography of current literature.

Articles from Vol. 88, January-April

Excerpts from the Report of the Programme Guidelines Committee as Adopted
Introduction For which of you intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it. Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin...
Harare - What Does It Mean for Evangelism?
Mission is everywhere at the Harare assembly! Mission is missing at the assembly! I heard both of the above statements at the assembly. They are probably both true. But we have to qualify our terminology. Of course the missionary activity...
Inculturation and the Gospel: A Mozambican Perspective
Christ's commission to "go and teach all nations" is at the root of all missionary work directed towards the world's peoples, with all their different cultures. The process of inculturation comes as a response to the necessity to incarnate the Christian...
Inside Harare - Compassion and Calling
The story of Pentecost is a helpful guidepost for discussing the era of mission represented by the WCC's 'jubilee' assembly. The relevance of Pentecost for the Harare assembly goes beyond the obvious fact that people of many languages and customs were...
International Consultation on Mission and Unity
Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India February 27 - March 1, 1999 STATEMENT Reflecting on the phenomenon of increasing complexity of the present Indian context and its implications for the future has challenged us to recognize...
International Evangelical Leaders Want Closer Cooperation in World Evangelization
From March 21st to 25th, 1999, about ninety leading evangelical mission representatives coming from more than thirty countries and five continents met in Norway to discuss possible means of coordinating the involvement of their organisations in world...
International Relationships in Mission
Introduction(1) A. Summary of historical developments in international relationships in mission Four different periods can be distinguished in the contemporary conciliar or ecumenical missionary movement: The first main period starts in the...
Mission after the Harare Assembly: What Can Be Envisaged?
What can be envisaged? Introduction Time is passing quickly and, for those who had the privilege of attending the WCC assembly at Harare in Zimbabwe, the vivid memory of the experience is fading and will soon become part of history. Yet it seems...
Mission and Evangelism in Unity Today
INTRODUCTION 1. The ecumenical movement has its origins in the missionary movement, for the contemporary search for the unity of the church was initiated within the framework of the mission endeavour. The missionaries were among the first to look...
Mission as an Invitation for Life
1. Harare Fears and Hopes The first statement I would like to make is that the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe, Harare, helped us to put an end to many of our fears. What were the concerns that made us await the assembly...
Mission in the Eight Assemblies? It All Depends
Those of us who have spent time and energy in debates about mission and evangelism are all too familiar with having to say: "It all depends on just what you mean by 'mission' (or 'evangelism') and on how you see the relation between the two." So many...
Mission - through the Eyes of Harare
Introduction The Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches provided a unique occasion for the global ecumenical community to reflect and deliberate on the context, content, process and direction of the church's mission for the new millennium....
Mission through the Eyes of the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches
The Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches affirmed for me the importance of the body of Jesus Christ. It is only within the body of Christ, as it brings together all Christians of every culture and land, that we can catch a glimpse of what...
Reaffirming Mission at the Centre of the Ecumenical Movement
Mission created the framework, identified the raison d'etre and generated the energy and enthusiasm for what will be called later the ecumenical movement. The pioneers of this movement were all missionary-minded people and were concerned with the Christian...
Some Reflections on the Eighth WCC Assembly
The Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare, Zimbabwe, in December 1998, was the second ever held in Africa. The first was convened in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1975, after failing to go to Indonesia. For African participants the 1998 assembly...
The Charter of CEVAA
After more than twenty-five years of existence, the Evangelical Community for Apostolic Action (Communaute Evangelique d'Action Apostolique, CEVAA) has had an important debate in recent years about its aims and means, leading to a process of restructuring...
Turn to God, Rejoice in Hope - a Call to Worship
For the vast majority of the participants at the Eighth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare, if there is one thing they would remember more than others, it is the rich worship experience that the assembly presented. The opening worship...
Turn to God - Rejoice in Hope: Mission Thinking in Harare
Mission Thinking in Harare Harare was the venue of a most extraordinary, culturally and racially diverse grouping of Christians, who gathered together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), founded in Amsterdam...
Was There Any Mission Thinking in Harare?
I took part in the assembly as an outgoing central committee member and Unit II commission member. I was also involved in the assembly with my experiences of being formerly the Director of the Church of Sweden Mission and presently a teacher at the...
Way of Unity, Way of Holiness
We have all become neighbours in a 'global village; black and white, rich and poor, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, followers of other faiths or atheists. Torn by our differences and tensions we still do not know how to live together in a world where...
Yes, We like It - No, We Don't: Mission at WCC Assemblies
For mission people, it is always nice to see how historians tackle the story of the 20th century ecumenical movement.(1) Normally, three 'mothers' of the modern ecumenical inspiration are mentioned: the missionary movement, the movement for faith and...
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