Encyclopedia Of Protestantism (Encyclopedia of World by Founder/Director J Gordon Melton

By Founder/Director J Gordon Melton

Explores the Protestantism stream that all started in Europe within the sixteenth century, demonstrated itself towards the Roman Catholic Church, unfold all over the world, and lives on in hundreds of thousands of person denominations and parachurch organisations. This ebook covers its heritage, thoughts, humans, occasions, and significant companies world wide.

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The fall of the Marxist regime at the end of the 1980s provided a context for the rebirth of the older religious communities and an opportunity for many new ones, including a spectrum of Protestant groups, to enter the country. Methodists from Germany, for example, began work in several predominantly Muslim villages in 1992. They provided humanitarian aid and helped rebuild schools. There are now four small Methodist churches attached to the UNITED METHODIST CHURCH’s Central and Southern Europe Central Conference.

As the French began to move into West Africa, the PARIS MISSION sent Reformed ministers to French-controlled territory, but they were in a distinct minority relative to their Roman Catholic competitors. The CMS pioneered work in East Africa, focusing on Kenya. As early as 1844, a CMS-sponsored German missionary, John Ludwig Krapf (1810–81) settled in Mombasa. He had actually arrived in the region seven years earlier to begin work in Ethiopia but had been expelled following complaints by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

However, many MECS members chose instead to join the AME or the AMEZ, both of which attempted to recruit members among former slaves. The MEC also attempted to invite former slaves back, with some success. The three major African-American Methodist bodies, the AME, the AMEZ, and the CME all retained the doctrines and practices of their parent bodies. They, together with African-American MEC members, all participated in the Methodist Ecumenical Conferences that began to be held in the 1880s. The first African-American Methodist missionary program in Africa was launched in the 1820s as part of the colonization program, an effort in England and America to send free blacks to Africa.

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