Archbishop Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON (Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana)

As the offer of Jesus and his Gospel, evangelisation refers to both the Mission of Jesus and its CONTINUATION in the Church, in the Spirit. In the form, in which it is lived out, Jesus? mission is coterminous with his public ministry; and it takes the form of the twofold ministry of the WORD and SIGNS/MIRALCLES.

In the post-Apostolic Church, however, the ministry of SIGNS recedes into the background, as if it was a transient endowment of the nascent Church. But SIGNS were the credentials of Jesus and his followers, as evangelists (ministers of the Word). So, in the current prevailing situation of rival proclamations and battle for the mind and heart, is a re-discovery of the place of SIGNS and WONDERS in proclamation not urgent?


With regard to the "Agents of evangelisation": their formation and life-style, I would like simply to note that primary importance must be given to the agents? own spiritual experience of Christ (their conversion to Christ). All tools and techniques of formation must serve, first and foremost, to facilitate such a spiritual experience, and then help to articulate and witness to it.


1. The Christian, and the Minister, in particular, is an opinion-leader in society. Accordingly, he needs to be familiar with the use of the MEDIA.

2. Secondly, a point to make is what may be referred to as: MEDIA and LITERARY IMAGE of Africa. This refers to the type of knowledge people acquire about Africa through the media and literatures of Africa, Language, and of late, the media do play a formative role in the construction of social reality and the worldview of people. The Africa that many have known and will ever know is the Africa of TV, Radio, Newspapers, Books and the correspondence of people in search of aid. It may help, therefore, that figures behind these "mind-makers" show some sense of responsibility.

Original Text: English



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