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150 Years of mission-churches in Swaziland, 1844-1994 elitism : a factor in the growth and decline

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dc.contributor.advisor Smith, N. J. Froise, Marjorie en 2015-01-23T04:24:43Z 2015-01-23T04:24:43Z 1996-11 en
dc.identifier.citation Froise, Marjorie (1996) 150 Years of mission-churches in Swaziland, 1844-1994 elitism : a factor in the growth and decline, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract In 1994, Swaziland celebrated 150 years of Christianity. Three distinct eras are identified in the history of mission-church growth, each of which is related to elitism. 1884 saw the start of missions is Swaziland, but this effort was short-lived. The mission became caught up in internecine warfare, the resident missionary and the Swazi Christian community fled to Natal where the church grew and matured in exile during a period of missionary lacuna in Swaziland itself. After thirty-six years, the missionaries were once again allowed to settle in Swaziland and the church grew rapidly, mainly as a result of the widespread institutional work undertaken. Soon an elite Christian community developed as people came to identify with a mission or church, many of whom had little Christian commitment. In 1%8, Swaziland was granted independence. A return to culture accompanied a strong wave of nationalism. Mission-church growth in this period declined as those, whose commitment to the Christian faith was shallow, returned to culture or joined one of the Independent churches which catered for varying degrees of syncretism The third era outlined in this study is one of secularisation. Family structures were eroded, materialism took hold and the church was in danger of becoming irrelevant. The older churches continue their decline, but new churches, appealing particularly to the new elite, are growing.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 139 leaves) en
dc.subject Swaziland
dc.subject Churches in Swaziland
dc.subject Elitism in Swaziland
dc.subject Church growth, Swaziland
dc.subject Christianity in Swaziland
dc.subject Religion, Swaziland
dc.subject Wesleyan Church, Swaziland
dc.subject Anglican Church, Swaziland
dc.subject Christianity and culture, Swaziland
dc.subject.ddc 266.0096887 en
dc.subject.lcsh Missions -- Swaziland en
dc.subject.lcsh Church growth -- Swaziland en
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and culture -- Swaziland en
dc.subject.lcsh Swaziland -- Church history en
dc.title 150 Years of mission-churches in Swaziland, 1844-1994 elitism : a factor in the growth and decline en
dc.description.department Christian spirituality, Church history and Missiology Th.M.(Missiology) en

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