Toward epistemic decolonial turn in missio-formation in African Christianity

Chammah J. Kaunda, Roderick R. Hewitt

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This article is framed with the World Council of Churches' (WCC) mission statement Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes, which seems to be reviving academic interests in missio-formation as an interdisciplinary field study. The mission statement, which is framed in a postcolonial missional discourse, seems to show interest in how missio-formation as academic discipline can expose the intersectionality of questions of power, politics, and culture in Africa. The matters of agency, subjectivity, pedagogy, and rhetoric are perceived as central to the envisaged public missio-formation discourse. Hence, this article argues that the nature of the mission statement must also be comprehended as means for decolonizing missio-formation paradigm in Africa within a decolonial framework which gives critical attention to how missions have functioned as a colonialist mechanism for colonializing African Christian minds and subjectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-392
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Mission
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1

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