oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The missionary outreach of African Independent Churches

Volume 8, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The rapid growth of African Independent Churches has become one of the most prominent features of Christianity on this continent. In South Africa, in particular, the statistical data reflect this remarkable increase. Between 1940 and 1960 the overall IC membership increased from 9,6% to approximately 20% of the total African population, while Methodist membership remained static at 12%. During the past two decades the number of Independent Churches in South Africa has leapt from 2 000 to an estimated 4 000, with a current overall membership of between 4 and 5 million.

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