The IAMS study-group ‘Healing’ was formally started during the IAMS General Conference meeting at Rome in 1988, with Christoffer Grundmann as appointed convener. Prior to this existed an informal circle of individual members of the association interested in the topic ‘The Church as a healing community’ headed by H.-J. Becken. It was mainly concerned with the phenomenon of healing in the African Independent/Indigenous/Instituted Churches (AICs). Since the Rome meeting the focus got widened to reflect ‘healing’ in as broad a manner as possible. That’s why the group was named just ‘Healing’.
A first report on the program of the group, its vision and objectives is to be found in Missions Studies VI/1, 1989, pp. 70-72 (Aspects of further research within the study project ‘Healing’) other reports are to be found in Mission Studies 10/1, 1993, pp. 219-222; 206-207; 13/1, 1996, pp. 335-337; 17/1, 2000, pp. 120-124. Efforts were made in at least three different directions: (1) to develop a systematic bibliography by drawing on the resources available with IAMS constituency, especially its institutional members; (2) to develop a format of reporting/narrating about healing in order to lift the respective material beyond the mere anecdotal; (3) to encourage the IAMS constituency in African, Asian, and Latin American countries (this time with an emphasis on the individuals) to get engaged in respective field-studies and to report about it in Missions Studies.
During the IAMS General Conference held at Port Dickson, Malaysia, in 2004, many papers and contributions in the plenary referred to ‘Spirits & Ghosts’ as vital phenomena. This led to a round-table discussion on ‘Pneumatology and mission studies’. 45+ participants from all six continents expressed the concern to keep the theme on the agenda for missions studies. In order to avail of synergies and to streamline respective projects it was decided by group members to let the study-group now be called ‘Healing / Pneumatology’ indicating nothing but two major areas for missiological studies, areas considerably neglected in missiological studies so far. This decision got reconfirmed by the IAMS General Conference at Balaton, Hungary, in 2008.
The study-group works as an open forum for IAMS members, some of which have singed in a list to receive special communications on topics of interests occasionally. Members are also keen on conducting workshops and presenting their findings on topics related to healing and Pneumatology, especially but not solely during IAMS General Conferences.
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