MISSIO DEI AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN AFRICA: A REFLECTION ON THE METAPHOR OF COMMUNITY

Uma A Onwunta, H Jurgens Hendriks

Abstract


This article explores the concept of the missio Dei as it affects the Christian
missionary enterprise in Africa. It offers a brief overview of the theocentric understanding
of mission as a holistic approach that does not dichotomize between
humanity and creation but rather affirms the wholeness of existence in the African
primal world view. Secondly, the implication of the missio Dei for the ethno-religious
diversity in Africa and the Nigerian nation in particular, is explored. Thirdly,
a call for a new missional hermeneutics, especially on the metaphor of community,
is advocated. The essay argues that the way to proceed is by focusing on Jesus, the
heartbeat of whose ministry was reconciliation, compassionate response to human
needs, and whose actions show forth the horizon of the coming world of shalom –
justice, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Keywords


Missio Dei, Ethnic Diversity, Church, Community

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/101-0-642

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