In this reflection on a creative and critical dialogue on the future of missiology as a
theological discipline, the theological imperative of contextualisation was emphasised.
The point of departure was that the contextual nature of theology, and thus missiology,
must be at the forefront of the theological process. The relationship between
Christianity and diverse cultures, and especially the relationship between faith and
globalisation, were noted as some of the complex and challenging concerns of
contemporary missiology that necessitate the development of alternative approaches
to the witnessing and development of Christianity. It argued that the very fact of the
incarnation, as well as the theological necessity of contextualisation and inculturation,
provides the raison d’être for the future of missiology as a theological discipline. The
research proposed attention to the following as part of missiology grounded in
particular cultural contexts with the ultimate purpose of directing the practice of the
Christian mission in its specific settings: discernment, a focus on ordinary life,
emerging mission-shaped churches, and missional spirituality.