Considering the current missiological trends, it is almost safe to assert that the Church in Africa will be a vital missionary community in the few years to come. The question as to whether they will influence others positively largely depends on how they internalise the message of the cross. Adequate theological training of the Church’s ministers is therefore an imperative. African Christian theology must focus on discipline and study as it prepares the minister to wrestle with the meaning of the Word of God in diverse changing situations from the pagan life practices of the natives to pagan patterns in post-Christendom western societies. This theology must also prepare them to respond biblically to the recent crisis in universal ethics as well as the unending socio-economic and politic inadequacies.
Indeed, the theological situation of the Church in Africa is worse than we think. Missionary response to the African condition must find a contextualised way of handling the conflicting and sometimes misleading theologies. Proper training and equipping of the locals is, it seems to me, the best way of partnership across the (Atlantic) pond.
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