Theology of Mission

“Theology of mission” attends to the use of Christian doctrine in mission studies, to the systematic development of theologies that support or inform mission practice in different contexts, and to the ways that mission studies might shape expressions in other Christian theological disciplines.

This is a new study group which met for the first time at the IAMS Assembly in Seoul in 2016. The groups attracted a great deal of interest, especially in view of the recent statements of mission theology by global bodies, including:

  • The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith and a Call to Action (Lausanne Movement, 2011);
  • Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes (World Council of Churches’, 2013);
  • Evangelii Gaudium: Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World (Pope Francis, 2013).

Thirty papers addressing the above themes were presented in Seoul.

The group is looking at other ways of stimulating debate on theology of mission in the run-up to the next assembly in 2020.



Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity, Leeds Trinity University, UK

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