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Map of Antilles

Netherlands Antilles

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

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Background

The Netherlands Antilles consist of two very different island groups in two parts of the Caribbean. These islands are a self-governing part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The vast majority of their income, 98%, is based upon the petroleum industry. Because of the petroleum products and tourism these islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure.

Religion

Roman Catholic 72%, Pentecostal 4.9%, Protestant 3.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, Methodist 2.9%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.7%, other Christian 4.2%, Jewish 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.2%, none 5.2%

Stone-Campbell Presence

Initial activity in the Netherlands Antilles by the American a cappella Churches of Christ was made by Frank Thornton who made personal contacts and placed World Bible School advertisements in the local papers. After repeated trips to the Netherlands Antilles by Thornton a congregation was formed in about 1983. Roger Graves is another American missionary who has shared in the work in the Netherlands Antilles.

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a partnership with the Caribbean Conference of Churches http://www.ccc-caribe.org/eng/index.htm‘the recognized Regional Ecumenical Organization (REO) of the Caribbean and one of the major development agencies at work in the Caribbean today. Currently comprised of 33 member churches in 34 territories across the Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking territories of the region, it was founded in 1973.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
October 2003

Revised by Gary Holloway, September 12, 2013

For further historical reference:
Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.

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