Inner mission

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This article is about the German religious movement. For the Danish movement, see The Church Association for the Inner Mission in Denmark.

The Inner Mission (German: Innere Mission, also translated as Home Mission) was a movement of German evangelists, set up by Johann Hinrich Wichern in Wittenberg in 1848 based on a model of Theodor Fliedner. It quickly spread from Germany to other countries.

Like other missions, the Inner Mission sought a "rebirth" of Christianity, by means of the doctrine of "brotherly love" and a social programme of charity (social service) and Christian education.

An inner mission or rescue mission is a project set up by Christian groups to aid the poor and sick in the home country of the group. The word inner reflects that mission is within a single country's boundaries - generally a "mission" is presumed to be overseas.

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The City Mission movement, with the London City Mission and the New York City Rescue Mission and the Wesley Mission in Australia are examples.

The Danish version was, for a time, run by Vilhelm Beck.

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