The LIMM Model

Paradigm for Missiological Research


  • Pieter Labuschagne South African Theological Seminary



Missiology, Missiological research, Missiology research model, Christocentricity, Contextuality, Missio Dei


This article offers a missiological research model based on three key missiological concepts: missio Dei, christocentricity, and contextuality (MDCC, for short). The model is derived from a practical theology model that was developed by the Layola Institute of Ministry (LIM). The author refers to the new missiological model as the LIMM model, where the added ‘M’ represents missional action.

Since the introduction of the term missio Dei, the focus has shifted from missions initiated and conducted by the church, to the one true mission – God’s mission. In the missio Dei, God sends his Son and the Spirit to the world, and through them sends people to the ends of the earth. At the same time, God is the sender and the content of the sending. The incarnation of culture is God’s message in every if great importance.

The LIMM model is characterised by the three key missiological terms mentioned above. From defining the research topic, right through to the practical suggestions for an improved experience, the researcher is guided by these missiological principles. If a research topic does not correlate to MDCC principles, it is not suitable for missiological research and another field of theology should be considered.




How to Cite

Labuschagne, Pieter. 2023. “The LIMM Model: Paradigm for Missiological Research”. Ecclesial Futures 4 (2):74-93.