The aim of this exceptional book is to explore some of the contributions made by Protestant Nonconformity to Christian missions. The occasion of the conference which gave rise to the volume was the centenary of the Edinburgh Missionary Conference of 1910, but the topics treated here deliberately range more widely, covering missions in Britain and the wider world from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
Endorsements & Reviews-
'Between them the papers in this volume illustrate the varied types and wide geographical range of missionary activity; the diverse relations of churchly bodies and missions; the place of women in the missionary endeavour; and the way in which the nature, objectives and structure of mission have been re-thought over time--especially during the twentieth century. Martin Wellings is to be warmly thanked for gathering such an informative and stimulating collection of papers. They are scholarly and accessible, and deserve to be widely read.' -Alan P.F. Sell, University of Wales Trinity Saint David,
'The lives and work of Protestant nonconformist missionaries inspired numerous British Christians in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Nonconformists recognised no ecclesiastical barriers to their endeavours at home and overseas. These essays examine with freshness and vigour the changing motives and attitudes, methods and strategies of the various mission agencies and focuses on many of the men and women who carried the Gospel overseas and into the homes and institutions of Britain. In an age of imperial expansion nonconformist missions helped to shape Britons' perceptions of non-Europeans, often in a positive way.' -David Killingray, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Martin Wellings is a Methodist minister; Superintendent of Oxford Methodist Circuit; President of the World Methodist Historical Society; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Honorary Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.