Definition of missiology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmisēˈäləjē/


The study of religious (typically Christian) missions and their methods and purposes.
Example sentences
  • In the realm of missiology, how the church interacts with those outside the Christian community, ‘dialogue’ and ‘witness’ represent two ends in tension.
  • Eitel makes an important contribution to contemporary missiology, and challenges Southern Baptist missionaries to study mission methods and philosophy more thoroughly.
  • A functional and effective sense of mission in a pluralistic context may depend upon it, and the implicit Constantinian missiology of open communion has yet to offer an adequate account of the relationship between world and church.



Pronunciation: /ˌmisēəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • And so the Catechism makes that profound missiological affirmation.
  • Interestingly, both approaches seem to have gained in publicity and importance in the months after Convention, likely because each is suggestive, in its own way, of a missiological way forward.
  • Yet if the crisis is indeed missiological at root, there is hope for renewal, just insofar as the Episcopal Church moves toward becoming a more faithful mission companion.


1930s: formed irregularly from mission + -logy.

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Syllabification: mis·si·ol·o·gy

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