Original Research - Special Collection: Belief - church and community

Destination New Zealand: A history of the Afrikaans Christian Church of New Zealand

Johan M. Van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2921 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2921 | © 2015 Johan M. Van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 March 2015 | Published: 13 October 2015

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Johan M. Van der Merwe, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The advent of democratic change in South Africa in the 1990s led to an exodus of many White Afrikaans-speaking Christians from South Africa. They settled all over the world. One of the countries of choice was New Zealand. A group of these emigrants came together in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1998 and founded an Afrikaans church. The Church grew from one congregation to a denomination that currently has nine congregations. This article describes the history of the Afrikaanse Christen Kerk van Nieu-Seeland [Afrikaans Christian Church of New Zealand]. It focuses on the founding, growth, Church Order, ministry and challenges of the Church. The sources for this article are primary documents collected by the author in New Zealand.


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