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Guide to the Venn, Henry: Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Administrative History:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Venn, Henry: Collection
    Dates: 1835-1873
    Identification: CFT00043
    Creator: Venn, H. (Henry), 1725-1797
    Physical Description: 3.00
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: David Allan Hubbard Library Archives
    135 N. Oakland Avenue
    Pasadena, CA, 91182-0002
    URL: http://library.fuller.edu/archives/
    Email: archives@fuller.edu
    Phone: (626) 584-5311
    Fax: (626) 584-5613

    Administrative History:

    Henry Venn (February 10, 1796 - January 13, 1873) was honorary secretary of the Church Missionary Society from 1841 to 1873. He was an early exponent of the principles of indigenous Christian mission leadership.
    Venn and Rufus Anderson of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions were the first to use the term "indigenous church" in the mid-nineteenth century. They wrote about the necessity for creating churches in the mission field that were self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating (Venn used the term "self-extending"). Venn is quoted by Wilbert Shenk, among others, as encouraging the "euthanasia of missions," meaning that missionaries should be considered temporary workers and not permanent.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
    Church Missionary Society

    Personal Name:

    Shenk, Wilbert R.
    Venn, H. (Henry), 1725-1797

    Topical Term:

    Indigenous church administration

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information:

    The Gift of Wilbert Shenk

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Scholarly use within parameters of copyright law.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Supervised use only.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of thirteen bound volumes of Church Missionary Society correspondence by Clerical Secretary Henry Venn, from 1835 to 1873, including Indexes; and photocopies of the Collected Writings of Henry Venn in nine bound volumes.