Missionary zeal and institutional control : organizational contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917 /
This book is about the Basel Mission in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) before the First World War. Miller reconstructs the backgrounds and motivations of the mission's participants and describes the organizational structure that shaped their activities at home and abroad. He then traces some seriou...
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York :
|Series:||Studies in the history of Christian missions.
|Summary:||This book is about the Basel Mission in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) before the First World War. Miller reconstructs the backgrounds and motivations of the mission's participants and describes the organizational structure that shaped their activities at home and abroad. He then traces some serious and recurrent internal problems to the commitment to difficult Pietist beliefs about authority and obedience. The organization survived those troubles and its impact on Ghana continued to grow, because the same biblical worldview that demanded extreme discipline also prepared the members of the mission.|
In the historical literature on mission, this book stands out for its detailed examination of the organizational dynamics that gave shape and brought enduring success: to the Evangelical Missionary Society at Basel. A first-rate account of the early Basel Mission on the Gold Coast of West Africa (present-day Ghana), this volume takes readers inside the mission itself, revealing its dynamic, though sometimes contradictory, methods of motivation and discipline and how they impacted effective evangelism both at home and abroad. Working from archival records, Jon Miller details the collaboration across class lines that made the mission possible, and he shows how basic pietist beliefs about authority and obedience were the source of both the mission's strengths and its most serious internal weaknesses.
|Item Description:||Originally published: 2003 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.|
|Physical Description:||1 online resource|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|