6 Mar 2024 16:00 - 18:00 Online


An event by the Indigenous Studies Discussion Group


  • Rev Israel Olofinjana (Director, One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance)

  • Bisi Adenekan-Koevoets (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology,  University of Essex)


Joseph Powell (University of Cambridge)


The ISDG looks forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 6th March for our event exploring ‘Reverse Mission – Indigenous led re-evangelising of Western Christian Contexts’. Our two speakers will seek to explore the journeys of spirit and spirituality from Africa to the UK and from Africans in the UK attempting to arrest a decline in church attendance and Christian identification. Rev Dr Israel Olu wole Olofinjana will examine reverse missiology and public theology, offering them as means of addressing the systematic and structural issues of race and climate injustice. Dr Bisi Adenekan-Koevoets will then discuss the reverse mission strategies of first-generation Nigerian-initiated churches, their church liturgies and the impact on reverse mission. Dr Adenekan-Koevoets’ recent research examines the perspectives of the children of this founding generation, and will explore how intergenerational differences can and do alter respective the religious worldviews of those involved in these interactions.

After both speakers have presented we will open for questions and answers.
All are welcome!

About the speakers

Rev Dr Israel Olu wole Olofinjana is the director of the one people commission of the evangelical alliance. He is the founding director of the centre for missionaries from the majority world. An initiative that trains and equips reverse missionaries in Britain. He is an honorary research fellow at Queen’s foundation in Birmingham and a member of Tearfund’s theology committee. He is also involved in a Christian Aid work that looks at the intersection of racial injustice and climate injustice. Israel’s areas of research includes, World Christianity, African Theology, Public Theology, Practical Theology and African Christianity in Europe

Dr Bisi Adenekan-Koevoets is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow currently based at the University of Essex. Her research interests include lived religion, Pentecostalism, second-generation Africans in Europe and socio-economic mobility.

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