Sister Churches: American Congregations and Their Partners Abroad

Paperback | October 21, 2013

byJanel Kragt Bakker

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The growth of Christianity in the global South and the fall of colonialism in the middle of the twentieth century caused a crisis in Christian missions, as many southern Christians spoke out about indignities they had suffered and many northern Christians retreated from the global South.American Christians soon began looking for a fresh start, a path forward that was neither isolationist nor domineering. Out of this dream the 'sister church' model of mission was born. In this model, rather than Western churches sending representatives into the 'mission field,' they set upcongregation-to-congregation partnerships with churches in the global South. In Sister Churches Janel Bakker draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with participants in these partnerships to explore the sister church movement and in particular its effects on American churches. Because Christianity is numerically and in many ways spiritually stronger in the global Souththan it is in the global North - while the imbalance in material resources runs in the opposite direction - both northern and southern Christians stand to gain. Challenging prevailing notions of friction between northern and southern Christians, Bakker argues that sister church relationships aremarked by interconnectivity and collaboration.

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The growth of Christianity in the global South and the fall of colonialism in the middle of the twentieth century caused a crisis in Christian missions, as many southern Christians spoke out about indignities they had suffered and many northern Christians retreated from the global South.American Christians soon began looking for a fres...

Janel Kragt Bakker is an Independent Scholar (Ph.D., Catholic Univeristy of America, 2010).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199328218

ISBN - 13:9780199328215

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Side by Side, Shoulder to Shoulder1. Christendom Turned Upside-Down: The Global Context of Sister Church Partnerships2. Beginnings: The History and Development of the Sister Church Model Among North American Christians3. Tales of Twelve Sister Church Relationships4. Profiles: Congregations and Individual Participants in Sister Church Relationships5. Frames: The Sentiments That Propel Sister Church Relationships6. Outcomes: The Effects of Sister Church Relationships on Individuals and Congregations7. Challenges: The Hurdles for Sister Church Relationships8. Opportunities: The Sources of Strength for Sister Church RelationshipsConclusion: The Confluence of CivilizationsAppendix: Congregation-Level Respondent InformationNotesBibliographyIndex