Free Church in Southern Africa

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The Free Church in Southern Africa was founded by missionaries of the Free Church of Scotland in the 19th century. The church was active mainly among Xhosa speaking people in eastern and western Cape region, stretching from Cape Town to Transkei. In 1900 the majority of the Free Church of Scotland joined the Church of Scotland. The minority of the missionaries mantained its relations to the Free Church of Scotland. The church become independent in 1982, but relies on financial and personnel help from the Free Church of Scotland.[1]

Duminsani Theological Institute was formed in King William's Town to train pastors.[2]

The church has more than 63 congregations and 4,000 members. The denomination subscribes the Westminster Confession of Faith, Westminster Larger Catechism and Westminster Shorter Catechism, these are the official standards of the Free Church of Scotland as well.[3]

The Free Church is a member of the International Conference of Reformed Churches.[4]

The Duminasi Theological Seminary [1] is the official theological training institute of the denomination. The beliefs of the Institute reflects that it is partnership with the Free Church of Scotland and the Free Church in Southern Africa and the Reformed Churches in South Africa. The Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity are the accepted confessions.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.freechurch.org/international%20missions www.freechurch.org/international missions
  2. ^ http://www.dumisani.org
  3. ^ http://www.reformiert-online.net www.reformiert-online.net
  4. ^ http://icrconline.com/members.html
  5. ^ http://www.dumisani.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=59
  6. ^ http://www.dumisani.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&Itemid=57