Ten theological theses on Mission and Development

By Steve de Gruchy
September 2004

The task of this paper is to provide the contours of a biblical and theological grounding for the involvement of the Church – and by this I mean the community of Christian people – in the work of development, which I define as “social, cultural, religious, ecological, economic and political activities that consciously seek to enhance the self-identified livelihoods of the poor”. To do this, I propose ten theological theses on mission and development.