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Mission Shaped Ministry

children playingReformation church denominations have been a major force in church life since 1517 AD when Martin Luther (1483-1546 AD) the German professor of theology, composer, priest and monk pinned the "Ninety-five Theses" to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The variety of denominations that ensued have survived and flourished because each had some special feature which distinguished them from the rest. These differences in Christian denominations were generally about practice and theology which caused splinter groups to separate from a main body.

Survived and Flourished

Anglican BishopThe Anglicans Church in England began from the Roman Catholic Church c1532-1534 AD with the "Act of Supremacy." Methodists came out of the Anglican church, the Salvation Army separated from the Methodist church and so on. Sometimes these splits in Protestant Reformation denominations were a reaction to abuse, a change in belief or practice or were caused by political pressure in the modern age to be politically rather than Biblically correct.

Forms of Church Government

Mission Shaped MinistryOn occasion, these denominations represented different forms of church government. One church thus became Methodist, another Free Methodist, a third the Wee Free Methodist. Loren B. Mead described this phenomena in "The Once and Future Church," "There was a make believe quality in each shard's assumption that its world was a microcosm of the whole world of which it was the remnant, as if nothing else exists." This view still unfortunately exists today.

"Reformation Church Denominations"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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