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African Christians in Scotland: Contesting the Rhetoric of Reverse Mission

WithElijah Obinna

Christian mission. The phenomenon of reverse mission hinges on the notion that European churches, especially the established ones, are experiencing a rapid decline in membership and social relevance. Thus, Christianity has to be revitalized or even reintroduced into its former heartland. ‘Reverse mission’ as a process has significant religious, social, political and missiological import, especially given

that areas such as Africa were at the receiving end of the nineteenth-and twentieth-

century Christian mission. African migrants come from contemporary centres of Christian growth and embody a brand of Christianity that can be described as an

intersection of mission-based Christianity, indigenous cultures and contemporary African cultures. Many of the migrants self-identify as ‘missionaries’ in the face of ‘remarkable’ decline of churches in Scotland and other places in the West.