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If your tweet contains a link to a web site, the links will be gathered and presented in the Missiological Daily Paper.

Discussion forums

The following forums are useful for discussing missiological questions, including those raised in this and other blogs.

Missiology is the study of Christian mission, and these forums allow a fuller and more interactive discussion than is possible in blog comments.

The forums

A discussion list for teachers, practitioners, and students of missiology from all Christian perspectives.It is for discussing Christian mission in all places and all periods.
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Orthodox Missiology
Mission and missiology from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
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Christianity and Society
For discussion of society, culture and social issues from any Christian perspective.It may include art, literature, music, politics and ethics, war and peace, and the ways in which the values of wider society affect Christians, or Christian responses to social, political or cultural developments. There will some overlap with topics dealt with in the other forums, but the emphasis here is on current missiology, rather than seeing it from a historical point of view.
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African Independent Churches
African Independent Churches, African Initiated Churches, African Instituted Churches and African Indigenous Churches (AICs) are Christian denominations that had their beginnings in Africa.There are more than 10000 such denominations in various parts of Africa, and some have spread to other continents as well.This group is for those who are interested in the history, theology and growth of AICs, their relations with other Christian groups, and their contribution to the spread of Christianity in Africa.
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How to get the best from the forums

The best way to read and discuss things in the forums is to subscribe to them as an e-mail mailing list.

You can also visit the forum web page, and edit your subscription options there, but to do that you will need a Yahoo Id (which you can sign up for, if you haven’t got one). You should also link your Yahoo Id to the e-mail address you used to subscribe to the forum(s).

Other things you can do on the forum web pages

  • Create a database or enter information in an existing database. The database can be on anything related to the topic of the forum, for example missiological research projects, resources for a project, contact lists, bibliographies.
  • Create an event in a calendar. Each forum has a calendar. You can enter events, such as missiological conferences and courses, and checl the calendar to see what other events are listed.
  • Upload and download files. The files can be of various kinds – missiological articles, bibliographies, notes and extracts from various sources on particular topics and so on. There are folders for different categories of files. If none of the folders fits the file you want to upload, you can create a new folder with a new category.
  • Upload and view photos. You can upload photos, and create albums for different kinds of photos — photos of members of the forum, photos of scenes of your research, whatever you want to share with other members.
  • Create or respond to polls. If you want to test the opinions of the forum on a particular topic, you can create a poll, or answer existing open polls.

If you have any questions about how to use these features, just ask in the forum. Remember that what you do with these features should relate to the topic of the forum.

Old SAMS web pages

Some people have asked about the old web pages of the Southern African Missiological Society and the resources available on them.

The old SAMS web site was hosted on Geocities, and closed when Yahoo! took over Geocities and then closed it down in October 2009.

The good news is that some people stepped in to save some of the good stuff that was on Geocities, and so you can now find the old SAMS web site in THREE different places on the Web. Unfortunately none of them can be updated, but the material there has been preserved. And anyway, I stopped updating it when the new SAMS web site started.

So you can find the old SAMS web site, and at least some of its resources here:
and here:
and here

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 October 2009 10:04 pm

    I need help understanding the Orthodox missiology. I am Orthodox. Have been for about three years. Been baptized about six months, since Pascha. I have a passion for church planting. I am influenced by Emerging Church movment though I was never in it. I think that Orthodoxy answers the questions EM people ask and avoids some of the pitfalls of so called Western Enlightenment Churches they criticize.

    I was informed that in the Orthodox Chruch new parishes are started in only two ways, 1) an existing parish gets big enough to support a daughter church or 2) a group of Orthodox Christians in an area without an Orthodox Church find each other and then request to be made a church by coming under a bishop through a long beurecratic process. This seems very limited, unresponsive, and Western-Enlightenment style. The first method is limited by the totaly subjective idea of “big enough.” Everyone will define this differently, especialy when we have not developed a consensus list of Core Values that help us make decisions as a body. It is also limited because a given parish may be systemicaly restricting missions or have set other priorities such as the construction of a “permanent building.” It is my conviction that church planting should come before a permanent building and that purely monitery considerations need not limit the activity of God’s missionaries. I will explain this below. The second method is not missional because it is fundamentaly turned inward toward a “group of Orthodox who have found eachother.” They begin to develop an identity as a group which excludes outsiders. “We are the Orthodox Christians, our neighbors are not.” The “unity of the Church is never the unity of us not them, but a unity such that I have my being, we have our being, and they have their being – but we are all one in Christ.” So the Orthodox Church is commissioned in a particular place and time to radically include the others and thus invite them to enter into that oneness with Christ.

    I don’t understand this idea that we have to “reach a certain point of maturity before we begin missionary work.” If you don’t start off with an apostolic heart and mission in your blood from the very begining then evangelism becomes an after thought. We cannot wait until the parish has organized the right committies, or built a permanent building, or developed an excelent chior, or raised enough money. When this hanppens we have lost sight of the “Great Commission” and have replaced it with the “Lowest Priority” or “that thing we’ll tack on to ‘church’ when we have the time.”

    Help me understand.

    • 15 October 2009 11:16 pm

      I suggest that you join the Orthodox Missiology forum listed above, and post your questions there. You might get answers from more people.

  2. mandithini matayile permalink
    23 February 2013 11:17 pm

    Dear Sirs
    I would love to have more understanding on missiology so to help m church leaders to grasp the concept. I am leading small church in Cape Town and bussy doing the church plantingm
    M Matayile


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