n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Transforming South African Methodism : the 'Journey to the New Land' programme 1992-1997




This article reflects on the 'Journey to the New Land' (JNL) programme, an initiative aimed at transforming the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA) for mission in a democratic South Africa. It looks at the aims, content, implementation, failures and successes of the programme. The central question that is addressed by the paper is the ability of the JNL programme as an agency of mission to bring social and ecclesiological change to an essentially colonial Methodism, despite its links with the political dissent in the apartheid era. First, the background to the JNL programme is given; second the process leading to the convocation that established it, third the aims of the JNL process and their implementation and finally the impact of the programme and the conclusion. The research was conducted by means of a survey and interviews.


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