SUMMARY OF MY MISSION BOOK
REVITALISING MISSION AND MISSIOLOGY: THE WAY FORWARD IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Part One defines the conceptual framework of missiology in terms of its development as an academic discipline. It also chronicles the historical framework of how mission and missiology have developed throughout the centuries as it evaluates the contributions of some remarkable individuals in mission history. The achievements of past missionary activities as well as their mistakes have been highlighted for lessons to be learnt from it by the church today.
Part Two gives insight into the biblical foundations of mission, from which we can understand the real objective of mission as planned by God. It underscores the fact that God’s intention for mission runs through the whole Bible – right from Genesis to revelation. In this section, the Missio Dei as a missiological concept for contemporary mission activities have been evaluated. The book has highlighted God’s motive for mission and the church’s mandate in the Missio Dei.
Part Three looks into the historical development of mission in Africa – right from the inception of Christianity in the first century and how mission work was carried out in the first millennium in North Africa. It also evaluates how Western mission undertook their missionary activities in sub-Saharan Africa and its impact on the socio-political landscape of the region.
Part Four evaluates the strategic developments in mission, noting that the works of the missionary societies in the previous centuries were the factors for the rapid growth of mission in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The book examines the various activities of missionaries as a call from God and discusses how each category of the call can be conducted in contemporary mission work.
This section also highlights the impact of women in mission and how that spirit can be reinvigorated in today’s mission work among the womenfolk. Some missional concepts, like the three-self theory and the issue of indigenization in mission have been evaluated. A thorough discussion has been made on some church growth principles. Diaspora mission and cyber-mission, which are very important in mission work today, have been examined with the necessary recommendations made.
Part Five provides an overview of contemporary issues in mission as it evaluates how to address the emerging challenges in today’s mission work. The impact of post-modernism on contemporary mission work, and the engagement of the gospel and culture as a way of contextualisation in mission have also been thoroughly discussed.
Part Six focuses on the way forward in accomplishing the task of mission in our generation. In response to this question, this book has made a number of recommendations to the church (the universal Christian church) for consideration. These are meant to make the church re-evaluate its missionary approaches, revive its passion for the Missio Dei, and work out viable approaches to sustain the mission work in this century and beyond.