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

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BRILL, 1996 - Religion - 329 pages
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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Contents

1945
1
Occupied Stations
2
Other Mission Stations
3
Staff Increases Rapidly
4
Language and Scholarships
5
Work in the City
6
Headquarters
7
Radio and New Testament
8
Subsequent Baptisms
157
Work among Women
162
Worship Services XI Bible Translation
163
Education
176
Social Change
183
The Lords Supper Buildings and Church Services
186
Leadership Training and Ordination
194
Overall Conclusions
199

1945s Contribution to the Next Half Century
9
CHAPTER
26
The Milieu in which they Worked
33
CHAPTER THREE CHURCH PRIESTS AND EXPATRIATE EVANGELISTS
60
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the 1920s 1 The Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Triangle
62
The Importance of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
65
Economic Changes
68
The Holy Episcopal Synod
73
The Imported Model viz the Sudan Interior Mission 1 Trekking
80
Acquisition of Land
81
Language Learning
87
Building
98
Instruction 7 Medical Work
110
Literature
119
Education
122
CHAPTER FOUR CONVERTS SACRAMENTS AND A NEW COMMUNITY 127 129 132 137 139 149 157 I A General Introduction
127
The Preaching of the Expatriates
129
The Implementation of Their Convictions
131
The First Converts in the Triangle
132
The First Converts Outside the Triangle
137
The Centrality of Baptism
139
the Homacho Baptism
149
The Soddo Baptism
155
MISSIONARIES BUT NO MISSION
202
283
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Initial Efforts to Reestablish the S I M in Ethiopia
217
284
234
A NEW BEGINNING19431945
246
Playfairs Five Reports on the Visit
258
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287
19461996
293
19451946
294
19581966
297
19661974
300
19741976
303
19761981
304
19811985
306
19851991
308
19911996
309
297
311
BIDnography Bibliography
314
168
315
176
327
199
328
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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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