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The Southern African Missiological Society publishes the journal Missionalia three times a year, with articles, reviews and abstracts dealing with Christian mission.
African Initiated Churches (AICs) are the fastest-growing Christian groups in many parts of Africa. This page gives some introductory information about them, a list of AIC researchers, and links for some articles where more information can be found.
There are several electronic forums for discussing missiological topics. These are available both as e-mail mailing lists or as BBS echo conferences.
Links to mission-related web pages in Africa and around the world.
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MembershipThe Society has about 200 members. Membership of the society is open to theologians who are active in research into or in the practice of Christian mission. The annual membership fee includes the subscription to the journal, Missionalia. For more information about membership, please contact the Membership Secretary, SAMS.
It is also possible to subscribe to Missionalia separately, without being a member of the society.
Please use the above addreses in all correspondence with the Society
This is a forwarding address, and is a permanent one for SAMS, so if the officers change, or if someone is away, SAMS mail is always forwarded to someone who can deal with it. A forwarding address is also useful as a permanent e-mail address - if you move, or change your ISP, you do not need to change your e-mail address. You can also get a free forwarding address:
General SecretaryProf Nico Botha
Department of Missiology
University of South Africa
PO Box 392
0003 South Africa
Congress ChairpersonDr Kalie August
Department of Practical Theology
Private Bag X1
7602 South Africa
Congress SecretaryDr Christof Sauer
PO Box 535
7407 South Africa
Annual ConferenceThe 2006 Congress of SAMS will be held from 18-20 January 2006 at Stellenbosch.
The theme will be Christian-Muslim encounter in Africa.
Have a look at the Congress page to see more detailed information about the congress.
The 2000 Congress was held jointly with the conference of the International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS). There is a more detailed report on the 2000 Congress and its themes on the IAMS 2000 page.
If you would like to know how you can participate in discussions before the 2003 congress, by way of preparation, have a look at the discussion forums page, or just send an e-mail message to and you will automatically be linked to the "Missiology" discussion forum.
You may find other Southern African web pages by clicking on the StartHERE link below:
Started: 13 August 2000
Updated: 5 August 2009