Elisabeth den Hollander ('The Council for World Mission: a viable model for contemporary mission?', 1990)

Scope and Content

The research constitutes the first academic study of the identity and impact of the Council for World Mission since its restructuring in 1975-77. It analyses the socio-political and missiological context of the 1960s and 1970s which generated the CWM model for partnership in mission. It then explores to what extent multi-lateral decision-making and multi-directional resource sharing by the member churches became a reality during the first twelve years. Case studies seek to determine whether and how these new ways of sharing and relating indeed facilitated the development of sample CWM churches (in Jamaica /Cayman Islands and the Netherlands) as interdependent missional churches. The thesis concludes that by 1989 there is sufficient evidence to consider the restructured Council for World Mission a viable model for contemporary mission.

Administrative / Biographical History

Elisabeth Henriëtte (Jet) den Hollander participated in CWM’s experimental Training in Mission project 1981-82. As Assistant for Youth Involvement in CWM (1982-85) she coordinated a series of youth consultations in the 5 CWM regions, which culminated in the international CWM Youth Event ‘85. As a CWM Ecumenical mission personnel she served as Education in Mission Secretary of the Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM, 1992-98) and Mission Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC, 1999-2010).

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Donated to Council for World Mission by Jet den Hollander in October 1990. Transferred to SOAS Library in 2007.

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