This article reflects on the 1996 Conference on World Mission and Evangelism. The relation between gospel, culture and mission is considered,
especially from an Africa perspective, but not reserved to it in application. Apart from considering the problem of appropriate terminology to express the intricacies concerning the subject, a deeper search is conducted into
the complex relationship between the believer, his mission to, and his distancing from divergent cultural sources and manifestations. Emerging
perspectives are considered, which help to formulate mission strategies and historic viewpoints and attitudes. Knowledge of these perspectives is essential for a more responsible answering to the call made to all believers.