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Missionary Church by W. Wilson Cash

Reflecting on what he had observed during his thirty years of service with the Church Missionary Society, W. Wilson Cash writes on the relationship between Missions and the Church. My thanks to the Church Mission Society for their kind permission to place this book online and the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy for digitisation.

William Wilson Cash [1880-1955], The Missionary Church. A Study in the Contribution of Modern Missions to Œcumenical Christianity. London: Church Missionary Society, 1939. Hbk. pp.326. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  1. Missionary Motives and Origins
  2. Missionary Principles and Activities in India
  3. Expanding Missions in Africa
  4. Failures and Successes in the Far East
  5. Why Missionary Societies To-day?
  6. The Church of God
  7. A Witnessing Church
  8. Self-supporting Church
  9. The Church Universal
  10. The Church that is to be


This year I complete thirty years in the service of the C.M.S. During that time my work has carried me to many parts of the world and has given me the opportunity of discussing missionary policy with people of different races and Churches. The more I study the missionary history of the nineteenth century and its achievement in the growing universal Church, the more I am convinced that what happened in the Evangelical Revival and the founding of missionary societies was part of God’s purpose for the world, an unfolding purpose which we see more clearly to-day than our fathers did in 1799 when the C.M.S. started on its career. It seems to me, as is explained in this book, that God called forth this missionary expansion at a turning point in world history and as a preparation for this day in which we now live….

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