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The Changing Face of ChristianityAfrica, the West, and the World$
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Lamin Sanneh and Joel A. Carpenter

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195177282.001.0001

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Shall They Till with Their Own Hoes?:

Shall They Till with Their Own Hoes?:

Baptists in Zimbabwe and New Patterns of Interdependence, 1950–2000

(p.63) 3 Shall They Till with Their Own Hoes?:
The Changing Face of Christianity

Isaac M. T. Mwase

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This chapter recounts the development of a Baptist community in Zimbabwe, founded by Southern Baptist missionaries from the United States. Missionaries built religious institutions to support extensive denominational work: a theological seminary, a hospital, a media center, bookstores, and schools. Following Zimbabwe’s formation out of formerly white-ruled southern Rhodesia, the Southern Baptists began to hand over the work to local leaders and began to reduce subsidies for the mission-founded institutions. Most have declined or disbanded, but Zimbabwean Baptists have struggled to sustain theological education. Debates ensued over the meaning of partnership and the problem of dependency, and a significant tension has grown in the cross-cultural relationship between the Zimbabwean and the Southern Baptist churches.

Keywords:   Baptist, dependency, missionaries, partnership, religious institutions, Southern Baptists, southern Rhodesia, theological education, Zimbabwe

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