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The Nature of Mission

In an article on the legacy of J.C. Hoekendijk, Bert Hoedemaker gives a concise statement of Hoekendijk’s idea of the nature of mission:

“Mission” came to mean for Hoekendijk the vicarious existence of the whole people of God for the world, presence and service wherever the divine initiative with regard to the world manifests itself in world history, and witness as a postscript to the “self-evident” movement of this message toward the poor. On this basis he dreamed of a missionary existence and a missionary theology in which all compartmentalization and mutual suspicion between a traditional missionary establishment and a traditional church establishment would disappear.

Hoedemaker also notes that the key theological figures that Hoekendijk associated with during his later years were Johann Baptist Metz and Jürgen Moltmann.


  1. Evan wrote:

    Where’s the article from? Can you give us a cite, or is it an upcoming volume?

    Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    It’s from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 19:4 (1995) 166-170.

    Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

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