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Mission Society/Mission Agency
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Mission societies are the most frequently used organizational and legal entity for collective promotion and implementation of Christian mission. As such they have typified missionary activity (primarily Protestant) since the 19th century; through processes of consolidation and integration into institutional church structures, some of them have since become missionary agencies of churches.

In 1644 J. v. Welz issued an unheeded call to establish a “society through which … our Protestant religion might be spread,” modeled on the work of the Jesuits. The societie…

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Grundmann, Christoffer H., “Mission Society/Mission Agency”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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