The concept ‘missional’ is well established within the so-called missional conversation. It is
however often ‘questioned’ by scholars and pastors for different reasons. Sometimes it is
almost dissected from the rest of theology, especially systematic theology. Recent developments
in this field are given an account of in this article. The main purpose of the article is not to
argue a case for the concept again. The purpose is to focus on whether theology and ministry
in any way understand the radical implications if and when we are missional in being and
doing. My assumption within the field of research on rediscovering discipleship in the
development of missional congregations is that none of us have thought through how radical
missionality is, especially over and against a ‘volkskirchliche’ understanding and practice of
church. The article will also touch on some radical changes in philosophy of ministry and
doing ministry within a missional paradigm.
IINTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The article focuses mainly on
Practical Theology and specifically Congregational Development (‘Missionarische
Gemeindeaufbau’). This field stands in a direct relationship with Missiology. The article
contributes to a growing understanding of the radical nature of missional thinking and practice
in congregational life and ministry.
This article was read at the Annual Spring Conference, University of Pretoria, 22 September 2016.