Date of Award

1987

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Divinity

School

Theological Seminary

Program

Master of Divinity, MDiv: World Missions

First Advisor

Russell L. Staples

Abstract

Problem The purposes of this study are (1 to trace the historical beginning and developmetn of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Malawi from 1900 to 1980, (2 to give analytical appraisal of the missionary methodsa and approaches employed by the church in advancing the gospel, (3) to show the role played by both foreign and national workers in the early development of the work, and (4) to stimulate ideas for creative strategies or plans for future progress of the church. Method The sources have been articles written by pioneer missionaries although other relevant books have been useful. The research, begins with a brief study of of the country and its peoples, followed by a historical survey of missions of other societies that provided the context for Adventist missions. Finally, the study suggests methods of doing missions for future cons ideration. Results The establishment of schools proved to be the most effective way of church planting. The growth of the church from a single school in 1902 to a network of schools, medical clinics, and churches with a growing membership of over 65,000 in 1985 is the result of mutual cooperation between the foreign and national workers in the work of the church.

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