The defining moments for the Dutch Reformed Church mission policy of 1935 and 1947

Thias Kgatla, Anderson Magwira


This paper explores the Dutch Reformed Mission Policy formulated by the Federal of Churches in 1933. The political climate of the time and the social, economic, cultural and political interest of the white Afrikaner church played a pivotal part in shaping the policy. The paper further probes the missionary motives that ensued from such a political agenda. The Dutch Reformed Church failed to see the dangers of self-interest and the tenants of Gods mission. The paper attempts to lay a sound foundation for mission in a racially divided South Africa.


Race, Segregation, Mission, Policy, Ideology, Native Question

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