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Argentina


Argentina

 

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.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The Argentine Republic is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Chile to the west. Argentina is a country of immigrants from many European countries, the Middle East, and Asia.

Religion

According to the World Christian Database Argentinians are: 92.1% Christian (805 of whom are Roman Catholic), 3.1% agnostic, 1.9% Muslim, 1.3% Jewish, 0.9% atheist, and 0.9% Buddhist and others. On March 13,  2013, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope, taking the name Francis.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Under the sponsorship of the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions, Willis (1870-1957) and Lulu (d. 1927) Burner came to Belgrano near Buenos Aires in 1906. Four other missionaries soon joined them, but found it difficult to establish churches, with only two with 139 members by the late 1920s. By 1929, Argentine leaders were included in the Central Council of Disciple Churches that soon held an annual convention. By the 1940s the United Christian Missionary Society was sending twelve additional missionaries, including T.J. (1919-2012) and Virginia (1918-2002) Liggett who worked with Argentine Feliciano Sarli in Resistencia. Jorgelina Lozada (1906-1995) served as pastor of the Villa Mitre Christian Church and acted ecumenically as a delegate to the 1938 World Mission Conference in Madras, India, the 1950 World Sunday School Convention, the 1952 International Missionary Council, and the 1954 General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, United States.

In 1959 the church became the autonomous Evangelical Church of the Disciples of Christ in Argentina. Church members suffered during the “Dirty War” of 1976-1983 in Argentina, but the churches survived to number five congregations and 640 members today.

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has partnerships with the following churches and organizations in Argentina: Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Asociacion la Iglesia de Dios, Colegio Ward, Iglesia Evangelica Congregacional de Argentina, Isedet – Instituto Superior Evangelico de Estudios Teologicos, Junat Unida de Misiones, and the Movimento Ecumenico por los Derechos Humanos (MEDH).

The Miguel Amigo family worked as missionaries in Argentina from 1982 to 1987, sponsored by Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.

Silvero Ojeda, a former Catholic priest, began work supported by Churches of Christ in 1957. Through the years at least twenty-eight missionaries have worked in Argentina, resulting in fifteen congregations with over 500 members.  For more information on those churches, see http://missions-history.wikispaces.com/Argentina.

International Churches of Christ have a congregation in Buenos Aires.

Created by Gary Holloway September 12, 2013, revised February 7, 2014

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