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The History of Missions through 1983

From Pentecost to the birth of the modern mission movement, Dr. Kane looks at the development of Christian world missions chronologically.


History is “His Story”: the account of God at work establishing His purposes and His Kingdom. In this course, Dr. Kane covers the historic development of the Christian world mission in chronological sequence from Pentecost to the birth of the modern missions movement (1800). He then introduces the modern period along geographical lines: Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The course culminates by evaluating the missionary achievements of the past and the prospects for the future.

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Study Guide
  1. Provide an overall picture of the progress of the Christian world mission from Pentecost to the present.
  2. Trace the development of the indigenous church in various major regions of the world.
  3. Discover and discuss problems peculiar to both church and mission in the world today.
  4. Be impressed with the magnitude of the unfinished task.
  • I loved getting to know about this subject and the professor sounded like a wise old wizard.

    — Anna, United States (US)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the study and the lectures. I would have gained more benefit if there would be some pdf notes of the lectures or even outlines to follow. But, overall, it was a very enriching time, and I thank you for making it available as you have.

    — Richard, United States (US)

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Course Details

  • 24 Lessons
  • 25 Activities
  • 1 Assessment
  • 43 Min Average
  • 33 Hrs Minimum
  • Course Award

Course Resources


J. Herbert Kane, LHD (1910-1988)