Original Research - Special Collection: Impact of Reformed Theology

The roots of missio Dei in the Reformation, and its implications for theological education

Phillipus J. Buys
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 54, No 2 | a2585 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v54i2.2585 | © 2020 Phillipus J. Buys | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 December 2019 | Published: 09 June 2020

About the author(s)

Phillipus J. Buys, Department of Missiology, School for Ecclesiastical Science, The Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


Theological debates on the use and meaning of the concept of missio Dei as a term in Reformed theology emphasise the need for more in-depth theological reflection on the Reformed roots of this term. Consideration of the covenant of redemption (pactum salutis) as the point of departure may provide a solid foundation for a biblical theological understanding and the use of missio Dei in Reformed theology. Such an approach will emphasise a kingdom missional vision for Reformed churches. Such an approach may provide valid biblical, theological and doctrinal contours for theological education for the equipping of disciples of Christ, which will be enabled to equip disciples in pastoral training.


Missio Dei; Covenant of redemption pactum salutis; Theological education; Discipling disciples; Missional church


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