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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Abstract

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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