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  1. Introduction
  2. First roots
  3. Count Zinzendorf
  4. Herrnhut
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

Akin to any Baptist upbringing are the words ?missions? and ?missionary?. Undoubtedly, most have filled plastic rice bowls, watched numerous slide shows of foreign lands and listened to stories of great Baptist women who impacted the world. Therefore, with such a heritage, one's mind doesn't often consider a time in which there were not such faithful witnesses to the ?heathen?. The fact remains that for most of the history of the world, the idea and practice of missions as the Western Protestant mind knows it, simply did not exist. Instead, there arose certain events and shifts in the world (probably too many to even realize) which shaped the theology, worship and manifestation of the faith of Christians in such a way as to compel them to leave home and family in order to share the gospel of Christ with people who had never heard before.

Keywords: Christians, Church, Count Zinzendorf,Roman Church

[...] He was sent, by his anti-Pietist uncle to Wittenberg, a Lutheran stronghold, in order to ?drive the nonsense out of him?.[10] Rather than changing his mind, over the course of three years at Wittenberg Zinzendorf was formulated a theology and viewpoint which was able to reconcile the differences between Halle and Wittenberg, Pietism and Lutheranism. Even though his grandmother was a pious and religious woman, she did not condone any desire within Zinzendorf to pursue a life in the clergy; this was beneath his status as a nobleman. [...]

[...] Although a tiny gathering of people, it soon became a prominent group, known for its complete independence and unity under the systematic teachings of Peter Chelcicky.[3] They were interested, because they viewed themselves as the ?true church?, in tracing their lineage back to the time of Christ, and traveled extensively in their research.[4] When Martin Luther came to the forefront in the 16th century, ?they worked to bring about a union of the brethren with the Lutherans?so sure were they of the identity of Luther's teaching with the doctrine they had professed for more than half a century?.[5] This union never came to fruition, though, as leadership of the brethren deemed some of Lutheran doctrine and practice incorrect and thus ?insisted on the preservation of the independence of the Unity.?[6] Around 1620, the church was forced to split and move to different European countries due to the Counter Reformation and the 30 years war. [...]

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