Pan-African Missiological Study Group is the space for readers, learners, Missiologists, Missionaries, researchers, thinkers, practitioners, followers, fans of Missio-logy, the science of mission, mission studies, etc. We seek to raise the profile of missiological engagement with the Church in Africa through constructive dialogue and consultations in which practical concerns and challenges of missions at the grassroots level can be shared in a spirit of mutual listening and responsibility toward one another as the Church participates in the Mission of God (Missio Dei).
We envisage the creation of a network of scholars and practitioners engaging in an on-going process of dialogue whose findings can be made known to the wider Church and world through symposiums, conferences, Missiological Reflections, and Research Publications in order to raise awareness of the missionary dimension of the Church in Africa and promote the missional identity of the Church today.
Pan-African Missiological Study Group agrees that the reflection on the missionary dimension of the Church in the contemporary world needs to take place alongside a re-articulation of her missionary heritage throughout history. While an incarnational understanding of the Church’s task has frequently led to commitment to the use of local languages, indigenous leadership, and sensitive approaches to local cultures, the rediscovery and critical reassessment of both the strengths and shortcomings of the Church’s missionary history would both inform and enrich contemporary missional vision, vocation, and practice, thus promoting the renewal of the Church.
STATEMENT OF PRACTICE FOR MISSIONS
- We affirm God’s word is the sole authority of all Christian Faith and practice, including the mission entrusted to the Church to Proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Missions is properly a God-centred endeavour in which a right understanding and relationship to the triune God Redeems people in need of grace. As such the philosophy and practice of missions must both be faithful to God’s word. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 4:12, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 John 4:14-15)
- We affirm a missiology that submits social science to scripture and the theology that scripture teaches. (Ephesians 3:10; Col 1:16-18)
- We affirm the church is the guardian of the theology,philosophy, and practice of missionaries, missions agencies, and mission movements (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 15: 1-6; Eph 3:10; 4:11-13)
- We deny missions should be pre-eminently determined by sociology or anthropology, though missions is served by such disciplines (Mt 28:18-20; Eph 2:15-16; Col 1:16-18; 2Tim 4:6-7)
- We deny a missiology that separates the missions endeavour from the supervision, authority and accountability of the Church. (Is 42:6; Mathew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, 15:3-4; Eph 3:10, 4:11-12)
Pan-African Missiological Study Group hopes to remain sensitive, critical, probing, emerging in, what some would call a postmodern, others post-colonial, others neo-colonial context. In essence, we critically trace, follow and serve God in His Mission (Missio Dei), throughout his Creation.