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Inner Mission
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The term “Inner Mission” (Innere Mission) refers generally to the organized charitable endeavors of the German Protestant churches. It is often conflated into the larger conception of charitable or social service (Diakonia), and some writers even refer to it as a social gospel. Essentially a conservative concept, Inner Mission (IM) included conscious efforts (1) to cope with the harmful effects of the industrial system, which caused the masses to fall victim to the power of sin; (2) to bring about the moral and spiritual regeneration of both the individual person and the church…

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Pierard, Richard V., “Inner Mission”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I225>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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