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Title:Patterns of missionary and ecumenical relationships in Zimbabwe
Author:Verstraelen, Frans J.ISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
African Independent Churches
Abstract:This paper evaluates patterns of Christian missionary and ecumenical relationships in Zimbabwe. It examines the main streams of Christian presence in present-day Zimbabwe as they find a more or less collective expression in clusters, such as the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC, founded in 1964), the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC, established in 1969), and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ, formed in 1962), and, outside these 'established' Christian forms, the 'New Religious Movements' (NRMs, or African Independent Churches, which have mushroomed in Zimbabwe since 1982). Attention is paid to the missionary visions and evangelization programmes of these groups and the way they try to realize them; inter-Christian relationships from the perspectives of the various groups (based on interviews conducted in December 1994 and February 1995); and the ways in which churches in Zimbabwe address the realities of their socioeconomic context and culture. Bibliogr., notes, ref.