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Waves of mission amongst South African Baptists

Desmond Henry, Cornelius J.P. Niemandt

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 35, No 1 (2014), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v35i1.843

Submitted: 15 February 2013
Published:  30 April 2014


Baptists in South Africa have developed along lines similar to other denominations of their day (e.g. the Dutch Reformed Church). However, there are six distinct waves of development within Baptist history in South Africa (including an emerging wave) that showcase the growth, development, digressions, limitations and transformation that has taken place in the Baptist denomination in South Africa. These waves are a tremendous help to the Baptist Union of Southern Africa (BUSA) as they seek to be faithful witnesses in the 21st century and beyond. It has become clear: If BUSA is to succeed within the emerging wave of mission and development, it will need a new, updated map to guide them where many have not been before – or BUSA could simply fade into irrelevance in South Africa, impacting other movements and denominations in turn.

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Author affiliations

Desmond Henry, Department of Missiology, Baptist Theological College; Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Cornelius J.P. Niemandt, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


BUSA; SABMS; BBC; BBI; BTC; BMD; BWD; WPBA; BYSA; SABH; DRC; CTBS; SABA; Baptist; Waves of mission


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