The Origins of the New Churches Movement in Southern Ethiopia, 1927-1944

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This study describes the beginnings of a movement which has created another face for Ethiopian Christianity. The expatriate missionary-evangelists, who in 1927 were encouraged by Emperor Haile Selassie to work in southern Ethiopia, intentionally by-passed the Orthodox model and made a fresh start.
Three of the many facets of the movement comprise the body of the book. There is the religious backdrop of Orthodox Christianity and the expatriates' fundamentalist traditions; then the praxis and polity of their work; finally the post-Occupation outcome which confirmed their choices.
Since its beginning in 1932 the New Churches Movement has impacted every part of Ethiopian society: religious, political and socio-economic. It demonstrates that a fresh start can be complementary rather than competitive. The movement's success encourages missionary-evangelists to continue making new beginnings.

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'Dr. Fargher's study would not have served its purpose if it had not raised questions and created discussion. It stands as a most exciting and interesting study and will, because of its thoroughness, remain an outstanding contribution to the study of Ethiopian Evangelical Christianity. To study this book is a must for any person who seeks information about the background and history of an evangelical church which constitutes about half of the "New Churches Movement" in Ethiopia.'
Johnny Bakke, Journal of Religion in Africa, 1998.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004106611
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Studies of Religion in Africa Series, #16
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian L. Fargher, Ph.D. (1988) in Mission History, University of Aberdeen, is Executive Director of the Leadership Training Centre with Campus Crusade for Christ, Edmonton, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ethiopia's National Church
Ch. 2 S.I.M. Church Planters
Ch. 3 Church, Priests and Expatriate Evangelists
Ch. 4 Converts, Sacraments and a New Community
Ch. 5 Missionaries, But No Mission
Ch. 6 Needed: A New Beginning - 1943-1945
Ch. 7 A Synopsis: 1946-1996
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