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Dimensions Of An African Adventist Church Life

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The first decades of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tanzania coincided with a period of several interesting transitions in the Adventist denomination and its environment. This chapter discusses four realms: church life; the church's interaction with its cultural environment; its relationship with the public realm, and theology. It sketches Tanzanian Adventist identity as reflected in the life of this church. Whereas the weekly and yearly peaks of church life constituted tangible elements that excelled in their capacity for the inculturation of Adventist Christianity, processes in the life of the local Adventist church such as evangelism, conversion, catechesis, and church discipline seem to be much less outstanding phenomena. The emergence of an African leadership and the role of women in Tanzanian Adventism represented the process of Africanization that overcame missionary predominance and Western traditions and thus redefined the movement as a church that was as Tanzanian as it was Adventist.

Keywords: Adventist Church Life; Adventist conversion; African leadership; evangelism; Tanzanian Adventist identity; women's involvement



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