The National Missionary Society of India, 1905-1942: An Expression of the Movement toward Indigenization within the Indian Christian Community

Ebright, Donald Fossett

     This detailed study of the National Missionary Society of India (hereafter N.M.S.) emerges from the writer's conviction that it will contribute to the understanding of the growth of an indigenous church in India. The problem set by this dissertation . . . [is] to present the factors which gave rise to the N.M.S.; to outline the history of ten major areas; and to consider the activities in the light of contributions to the process of indigenization in India. . . . The National Missionary Society . . . [is] studied because it exhibits within its activities, major fields, and affiliated bodies most significant experiments in the area of indigenization. The study concludes that the National Missionary Society of India is of significance because: it has provided a laboratory for varied experimentation in indigeneity during thirty-eight years; it has offered the Indian Christian Community a large project of which they could say, 'This is our own'; it has demonstrated 'Church union in action'; it has offered positions of trust and responsibility to gifted and educated Indian Christians; it has been the means of expressing the principle of 'self-propagation'; it has been a factor in the changing emphasis from numerical growth of the I.C.C. to the concept of meeting community needs; it offers an opportunity for greater service in the future, bringing its gifts, experiences and assets to the service of the Church of Christ that is to be in India.

John T. McNeill (Chair), M.M. Deems, A. Eustace Haydon