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. 103, No. 2, November

A Reflection on the Growth and Decline of the Korean Protestant Church
Abstract This article examines the reasons for the growth and decline of the Korean Protestant Church during the following five periods: * In the early period of settlement (1884-1909), growth originated from the emancipation motif modern values,...
Assessing Christianity in Africa's Transforming Context
Abstract The dramatic shift in the demographics of African Christianity in the last century necessitates new analysis of its present shape, multivalent relationship to its colonial past, relationship to the African Indigenous Churches, and likely...
Discipleship with the Marginalized at the Centre
Abstract Evangelisation increasingly references marginalisation. But how are we to think about it? This article draws on a theological understanding of marginality in relation to discipleship and then on interviews with Christian leaders who have...
Evangelism and Popular Culture: Reflections and Questions from an International Study Process
Abstract This article reports on the work and the deliberations of the United Evangelical Mission's Working Group on Evangelism and Popular Culture. Working with rough heuristic categories, the group identifies Protestantism's discomfort with popular...
Evangelism as Discipleship: Implications for Theological Education and Leadership Formation
Abstract This article gives attention to the challenges that the missional and conversational relationship of the church poses in the intercourse between evangelism, discipleship, theological education and leadership formation in its ministry and...
Evangelism in "Christian" Societies: An Orthodox Homiletic Approach
Abstract The globalisation of the economy and the unthinkable development of mass media and transportation and communication have transformed the oldest Christian societies of the northern hemisphere and especially of Europe into multicultural societies....
Expressions of Evangelism in Latin America
Abstract The purpose of this article is to explore the expressions of evangelism that are emerging in Latin America within the Evangelical-Pentecostal context of the continent. We will do this by approaching our subject from the perspective of change,...
The Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today's World: Implications and Prospects
Abstract Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium has much to teach both Catholics and other Christians about the way the gospel needs to be proclaimed in today's world. This article first outlines five implications of the document...
The Impact of Migration on Evangelism in Europe
Abstract The extensive secularisation that eroded Christian belief and practice and that caused a drastic decline in church membership and the presence of an increasing number of non-Christian migrants in Europe today is not only endangering the...
Together towards Life: Discipleship in Secular, Multicultural Western European Contexts
Abstract Which are the convincing ways of evangelism in the secular, multicultural countries of western Europe? Does the new mission affirmation Together towards Life offer relevant contributions to this debate? This article explores recent developments...
Together towards Life in the Context of Liquid Modernity: Mission and Evangelism in the Age of Secularization
Abstract Among the "changed landscapes" identified by the new World Council of Churches mission affirmation Together towards Life is the rapidly advancing secularisation evident in the Western world. Growing numbers of people live for goals that...
Toward a Eucharistic Missiology: An Orthodox Perspective
Abstract The Orthodox churches were drawn into contemporary missiological discussions primarily through the modern ecumenical movement. Since there are fundamental differences of approach between the East and the West on this matter, particularly...
Transmitting the Message of the Gospel to Youth
Abstract The question of transmitting the message of the gospel to youth has no easy answer, and in Taize we have no simple solution. We do, however, have a lot of experience with welcoming the young. The Taize community did not welcome young people...
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