Remembering the Past

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Edinburgh 1910: Education as Mission

Posted by samthambu on January 8, 2008

How, did the Commission understand the nature of Christian education as an expression of Christian mission? The Report gives a three-fold answer.· Education may be conducted primarily with an evangelistic purpose, being viewed either as an attractive force to bring the youth under the influence of Christianity, or as itself as evangelising agency. · Education may be primarily edificatory, in so far as the school has for its object the development of the Christian community through the enlightenment and training of its members. · Education may be leavening, in so far as through it the life of the nation is gradually permeated with the principles of truth (369-370). Evangelism, edification, leavening – three dynamic characteristics of missionary education.

Source: Summary of Commission III: Education in relation to Christianization of National life

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The Significance of Edinburgh 1910

Posted by samthambu on January 7, 2008

The WMC held at Edinburgh 1910 marked the end of classical Protestant missionary work for the nineteenth century and the beginning of a global evangelization movement in the twentieth.

Roger Hedlund, Roots of the Great Debate in Mission: Mission in Historical and Theological Perspective (Bangalore, India: Theological Book Trust, 1997), ix

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Asian and African leadership in mission

Posted by samthambu on January 6, 2008

“The evangelisation of the world…is not chiefly a European and American
enterprise, but an Asiatic or African enterprise.” Increasingly it is the task, the Report
continued, of “the Church in the Mission-field…[by] well-qualified native
evangelists and leaders.”

World Missionary Conference proposal in Commission one: “Carrying the Gospel to all the Non-Christian World”

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The call for reciprocal relationship

Posted by samthambu on January 4, 2008

The commission addressed the reciprocal relationship between the Church in Christian countries and the Church in Mission-fields. “[T]he most crucial problem in relation to evangelising the world is the state of the Church in Christian countries. We are frank to concede that it is futile to talk about making Christ known in the world in this generation or any generation unless there be a great expansion of vitality in the member of the Churches of Christendom.” Luxury and materialism in the West are identified as “imminent perils” from which the Church itself must be saved.

Proposals in Commission one: “Carrying the Gospel to all the Non-Christian World”,
World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh 1910

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Reaching educated Indian Youth

Posted by samthambu on January 3, 2008

The most urgent need in India was a four-foldincrease of missionaries to meet the target set at the Madras Decennial Conference (1902) – one missionary to every 25,000 native Indians; and it was emphasised that missionaries needed to be intellectually trained – on par with the Indian Civil Service – to evangelise the educated Indian youth.

World Missionary Conference proposal in Commission one: “Carrying the Gospel to all the Non-Christian World”

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