This dissertation explores the dynamic relationship between the principle of independent “faith” missionaries and a maturing denominational missions program in institutional ministries and church planting in North India by Assemblies of God (AG) missionaries from 1918 to 1949. It outlines the historical and theological context of these AG missionaries and provides a narrative of their methods, conflicts, and results to establish Pentecostal churches and institutions in the Hindu and Muslim northland of India.
Five areas of interest will provide important missiological and contextual shading of the portraits of the AG men and women who served in North India. First, there is the contextual issue of missions work in British India. The languages, religions, politics, and climate of North India offered many challenges to missionaries. Second, Pentecostal and AG missions theory and practices in North India are examined. Institutional work of a humanitarian nature provided a primary outlet for NIDC missionaries in their attempt to evangelize and establish churches. Third, AG missionaries developed their own administrative and district organization from the earlier networks of Pentecostal missionaries in India. Moving from independent to collaborative efforts was a continuous point of tension. Fourth, methods and sources for funding NIDC missions are studied. A tradition of independent “faith” missions had both advantages and disadvantages. Fifth, there are gender aspects in the NIDC story since the majority of early Pentecostal missionaries were women.
|Advisor:||Burgess, Stanley M.|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious history, South Asian Studies|
|Keywords:||Assemblies of God, British India, India, Missiology|
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