Brethren and Mission: Essays in Honour of Timothy C. F. Stunt

(eds.) Neil T. R Dickson & T J. Marinello

368 pp.+9 illustrations

£22 + p&p.


Mission is close to the heart of the Open Brethren. Chapters in this book discuss the work and thought of its pioneer missionary, Anthony Norris Groves, as well as other aspects of missiology important for Brethren mission. Other essays move throughout the world’s continents and trace aspects of the history of Brethren mission. They deal with themes that have come to prominence in recent writing on mission, such as the role of female missionaries, issues of enculturation, and the tensions that can arise between foreign missionaries and indigenous Christians. The essays give a sense of the strengths and difficulties in the Brethren encounter with peoples, countries, and cultures. The book has been compiled in honour of a noted historian of nineteenth-century church and of the Brethren movement, Dr Timothy Stunt.


Contents: 1. Andrew F. Walls, Edward Irving’s Critique of Mission Policy; 2. Thomas E. I. Whittaker, Providence, Prophecy, and Prosperity: Rethinking the ‘Romantic’ Premillennialism of the 1820s through the Faith Principle of Anthony Norris Groves; 3. John M. Hitchen, Fresh Insights from Diverse Margins of Mission History? Anthony Norris Groves as a Test Case; 4. Neil Summerton, George Müller and the Promotion of Mission 5. Roger N. Holden,‘Sending out missionaries is not scriptural at all’: An Exclusive View of Missions; 6. Tim Grass,  The Rise and Fall of the Brethren Gospel Meeting; 7. Tórður Jóansson, William Gibson Sloan (1838–1914): Mission Strategy in the Faeroes; 8. T. J. Marinello,  ‘New Brethren’ in Flanders at the End of the Twentieth Century; 9. Neil T. R. Dickson,‘The “nasty nominative.”’ Brethren Missionary Memoirs from Africa, 1883–2010; 10.Ian Burness, Frederick Stanley Arnot (1858–1914):Reassessing his Impact on African Mission; 11.Iva Peša, Pioneers and Role Models: Female Missionaries in Mwinilunga District during the Twentieth Century; 12. Kovina Mutenda, An Evaluation of Gospel Work in Zambia; 13. Anne-Louise Critchlow, ‘Too hard for God?’ A Survey of some Brethren Missionary Work in Algeria, 1920–1990 Cooperation in Mission or Foreign Mission Continuation?;  14.Detlef Kapteina, The KLB Church and the CMML Mission in South Tanzania; 15. Mark R. Stevenson, Canadian Opposition to Brethren Evangelists: ‘The Great “Plymouth Brethren” Controversy in South-Western Ontario 1872–1873’; 16. Peter J. Lineham, James Kirk and the New Zealand Brethren Missionary Tradition; 17. Kenneth J. Newton, The Brethren Missionary Enterprise to Malavalli; 18. Crawford Gribben, Lizzie Crawford Gillan and the Brethren in China, 1901–45: A Biographical Sketch; 19. David Woodbridge,‘Finding that more in accordance with what they saw in the Word’: Watchman Nee and the Brethren in China; 20. Elisabeth Wilson,‘Richly rewarding the labourer for his work’: Brethren Evangelism in the Australian Colonies, 1860s–1880s;22. Graham Johnson, Select Bibliography of the Writings of Timothy C. F. Stunt

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Brethren Historical Review

We publish an annual periodical, the Brethren Historical Review. You can view articles from past volumes by clicking here.




Some of the articles for the 2015 issue are:

  Mirjam Hofman From Sectarians to Apocalyptics: Descriptions of the Brethren by Dutch Theologians and Church Historians

 The Minor Sects of London [a reprint from The Spectator of 1899]

 Norman S. Macdonald, Developments in the Churches of God, 1892–1980

 Peter Lineham, The 1956 Auckland Crisis in the Exclusive Brethren and the Shaping of Taylorism

 Obituary articles: Sir Fred Catherwood (1925–2014); Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2105): Accidental Brethren Missionary?





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International Brethren History Conferences

We organise a series of biennial conferences

The eighth International Brethren History Conference will be held at Maynooth University, Ireland, from 3-5 July 2017. As part of the confernece, it is hoped to have a tour of Dublin and environs visiting sites associated with the benginnings of the Brethren movement. 

As part of the conference, Dr Timothy Stunt will present a paper entitled 'John Nelson Darby's Ecclsiastical Identity'.

Papers given International Brethren History conferences have been published Studies in Brethren History.

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  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History.


     1. The first of these was a reprint of Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, then click here. 

2. The second is Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass. For more information on this book, click here. For an order form, click here.

 3. The third is now out and is entitled Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, click here.

There is now also a subsidia series, and the first book in this series is Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen. For an order form and information about this book, click here.

More information on these and other key books on Brethren history can be found on this website in Further reading. Several of these new academic histories of the Brethren appear in Paternoster Press's series, Studies in Evangelical History.


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