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. 92, No. 365, April

Believing and Belonging: Secularism and Religion in India
On the front lines of the world's conflicts, amid the noxious fumes of ancient hatreds, men and women gather in cratered roads and sniper alleys, and embrace. It was always Ormus Cama's hope that it might be possible for human beings -- for himself...
Believing without Belonging?
The Church of Sweden has about 7.4 million members (83% of the country's total population) and since the beginning of the 16th century has been an Evangelical Lutheran Church. During all this time the church has been closely connected with the state....
Believing without Belonging? in Search of New Paradigms of Church and Mission in Secularized and Postmodern Contexts: Brazilian Insights and "Outsights"
Introduction I bring to this consultation a Latin. American perspective on church and society that is rooted in the reality of Brazil. My experience of God stretches from the church pew to base communities in their struggle for life, dignity and...
Believing without Belonging? Reflections on the Consultation
I want to begin with an expression of gratitude to those who conceived, organized, and led us through this consultation. Hopefully, this event marks the beginning of a process that will continue. This conversation about the renewal of the church is...
Believing without Belonging? Some Reflections
I have been asked to reflect on the various discussions that have gone on during this consultation, and to respond with some personal thoughts from the perspective of my work in mission, and what has been termed the process of inculturation of the...
Bibliography on Mission Studies
Andrew F. Walls and Margaret M. Acton The editors would be grateful if additional items for the bibliography, or suggestions to increase its usefulness, could be sent to them at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World,...
Birthing Missional Faithfulness: Accents in a North American Movement
What I share here is not directly a report on the North American Gospel and Our Culture Network (GOCN) and its activities. Some of the details of the network's activities are tucked in here and there. However, a strictly organizational report would...
Case Study: Giving Them Something to "LUK4". (1)
East Belfast Mission is a church based in East Belfast. Connected to the Methodist Church in Ireland it is the youngest of five inner city missions in Ireland; their purpose is to show the love of God in practical and social ways. The east of Belfast...
Churchless Faith: Trajectories of Faith beyond the Church from Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches to Post-Church Groups
Despite the almost mantra-like status of the statement "people are leaving the church" in the media and on the lips of religious statisticians, there still appears to be little understanding about who is leaving, when they leave, why they leave, and...
Dynamics of Resurrection in the Church's Tradition and Mission
Self-regulation of the Orthodox ecciesiology As the majority of the Orthodox churches live in the eastern part of Europe and Russia, in the geographical area of the ex-communist countries, it is necessary that in any description of Orthodoxy the...
Encounter with Modernity: The "McDonaldization" and "Charismatization" of Korean Mega-Churches
The dynamism of Korean Christianity today has become a significant element in Korean society. Korean Protestant Christianity can be characterized by rapid church growth and the emergence of mega-churches, and these attract the focus of scholarly investigation....
Entering the Wreckage: Grief and Hope in Jeremiah, and the Rescripting of the Pastoral Vocation in a Time of Geopolitical Crisis
The pastors I know, including myself, are exhausted. Leadership is taking a high toll on our marriages, our relationships with our children and friends, our bodies, and our beings. More in our bodies than in our brains, we know that the church is living...
Forming Church, Forming Mission
In 1985, a new pastor arrived at the Rockridge United Methodist Church and noted that only about 15 persons attended worship. Most were elderly, lived miles from the church, and had already voted to close the church. Ten years later, 80 people participated...
The Missionary Challenge of Christendom and Modernity in South Africa: A Dutch Reformed Account
In this paper I intend to venture on a preliminary interpretation of South African history from an Afrikaner perspective, with a view to proposing an agenda for the missional transformation of the Dutch Reformed Church. Following the lead of Lesslie...
Turangawaewae, Cidadania and a Renewed Religious Competence: Three Major Pillars for Mission in Postmodern Society. (Editorial)
This second issue of IRM on mission in postmodern contexts, or the relation between gospel and culture in secularized societies, should be studied together with the previous (January 2003) issue, which contains not only a first selection of papers...