Missionary Training: The History of All Nations Christian College and Its Predecessors (1911-1981)

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Missionary Training: The History of All Nations Christian College and Its Predecessors (1911-1981).

By Christopher David Harley. Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Boekencentrum, 2000. Pp. 252. Paperback $45.

The World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh in 1910 "drew attention to the appalling standard of training that was given to the majority of missionary candidates. It called for the situation to be remedied and made suggestions regarding both the nature and the content of that training" (p. 70).

Harley proceeds from that point to consider how the provision of training changed over the next seventy years. He surveys briefly the changing discussion of missionary training by both the international missionary bodies and international conferences of the period and analyzes the provision made in Britain itself by the Conference of British Missionary Societies and the missionary training institutions, of which there were twelve by 1980. At the heart of the study are four colleges: Mount Hermon Missionary Training College, established in 1911; Ridgelands Bible College (1919); All Nations Bible College (1923); and All Nations Christian College, formed from a merger of the three in 1971. All were "evangelical, interdenominational colleges," "had close associations with the Keswick Convention and were influenced by its teaching," and "had strong links with faith missions," many of whose candidates they trained (p. …

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