Beyond the Boundaries:

A Conversation Towards a Disability Missiology

13-15 March 2019

Beyond the Boundaries is 3-day conference bringing together theologians and practitioners from across the globe to explore a new direction in Missiology.
How does the area of intellectual disability challenge us to go Beyond the Boundaries in our understanding and practice of the gospel and church communities?
This consultation brings Disability Theology into conversation with Missiology to explore the innovative dynamics of a Disability Missiology, and to initiate a global network for future discussion and action.

Over 3 days we will be joined by academics and practitioners from the fields of intellectual disability theology and missiology, drawn from a diversity of countries and cultures.

Together we will explore Missiology and Ecclesiology issues each through delivery of papers, discussion based seminars, and a space to reflect together as individuals and networked groups.

The consultation will be shaped around three conversations focused on impacting missional thinking, strategy, and practice:


A Human Conversation

The Biblical voice on humanity in light of intellectual disability: drawing our values from the original source.


A Gospel Conversation

The Biblical dynamic of the gospel in light of intellectual disability: extending our understanding of the shape and scope of gospel encounters.


A Church Conversation

The Biblical vision of Christian community in the light of intellectual disability: radicalising our practices to extend our influence.


Why Disability Missiology?

Disability Theology has been in conversation with various strands of theology (moral theology, ecclesiology, soteriology etc) to more fully explore the biblical witness and Christian experience in the light of disability. There has, however, been little discourse between Disability Theology and Missiology, despite the significant potential for both fields to contribute to each other’s development. 


The urgency to engage with the global community of people living with intellectual disabilities is increasingly highlighted, particularly by Lausanne in the Cape Town Commitment and UN focus groups.


The lack of attention to the experience of disability in Christian theology and in our Christian communities has led to a level of irrelevancy in our engagement with the broader world of intellectual disability, which fails to represent a faithful biblical model of disability or missiology.


Therefore… a revised missional hermeneutic informed by the perspective of intellectual disability should lead to the ongoing formulation of a Disability Missiology and a network of theologians and practitioners across the globe.


1. To bring Missiology into the conversation between Disability Theology and Ecclesiology with a view to a fuller formulation of Disability Missiology.

2. To contribute to the outworking of the Cape Town Commitments with reference to people with intellectual disability.


3. To create ongoing networks across these fields of study and practice.


4. To support the momentum of Tiō and present it as a viable model for advancing a multi-faceted ministry engagement in intellectual disability theology