The missional church conversation (though we might in some places use different terminology) is a broad and urgent conversation, and we have the impression that many of our churches are in some or other way involved in it. The report of the WCC on this theme confirms the importance of the conversation.
In SA the DR Church, for instance, took a formal decision during our last Synod meeting stating that we want to be a missional church with missional congregations. Several other denominations have an active missional conversation amongst leadership on all levels.
While most of us are grateful for the decision and conversation we must now implement it – and that, we realise, is a total different situation. To do that we
need good answers to a number of questions:
What do we mean when we say ‘‘missional‘‘?
What does that imply for the churches in SA?
What can we learn from other churches and other countries?
There are possibilities in a missional approach, but are there also implicit dangers in a missional approach that we should watch out for?
At this conference we hope to discuss these and other questions. The conversations are structured around three movements:
On the first day we will look back and discuss the history and roots of the missional movement.
On the second day we will look at the future and ask where we should be heading.
On the third day we will look at the specific issue of promoting missional theology and ministry
in a denomination.
– Jerry Pillay
– Pat Keifert
– Graham Cray
– Frederick Marais
– Piet Naudé
– Nigel Rooms
– Mike Harrison
– Stephan Paas
– Nelus Niemandt