Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Nevius Methods

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nevius methods, mission, missionaries, china, christian, presbyterian, underwood, confucianism, evangelists

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Nevius Methods derive their name from the Rev. Dr. John L Nevius, a Presbyterian missionary to China. Nevius first arrived in Ningpo, China, as he wrote: "'My first home in China was in the city of Ningpo, in the province of Che-Kiang, which place we reached in the spring of 1854." Later (in 1861) Nevius moved to Shantung province, and he became a prominent missionary there. The Rev. Dr. Charles A. Clark called Nevius a prophet of new mission methods. Nevius' views on missions and mission methods first appeared in a series of articles published in the Chinese Recorder in 1885, and in book form they were published by the Presbyterian Press in Shanghai in 1886.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 Corinthians 7:20;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars