Shall They Till with Their Own Hoes?:

Isaac M. T. Mwase

in The Changing Face of Christianity

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177282
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835812 | DOI:
Shall They Till with Their Own Hoes?:

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This chapter recounts the development of a Baptist community in Zimbabwe, founded by Southern Baptist missionaries from the United States. Missionaries built religious institutions to support extensive denominational work: a theological seminary, a hospital, a media center, bookstores, and schools. Following Zimbabwe’s formation out of formerly white-ruled southern Rhodesia, the Southern Baptists began to hand over the work to local leaders and began to reduce subsidies for the mission-founded institutions. Most have declined or disbanded, but Zimbabwean Baptists have struggled to sustain theological education. Debates ensued over the meaning of partnership and the problem of dependency, and a significant tension has grown in the cross-cultural relationship between the Zimbabwean and the Southern Baptist churches.

Keywords: Baptist; dependency; missionaries; partnership; religious institutions; Southern Baptists; southern Rhodesia; theological education; Zimbabwe

Chapter.  7342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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