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Serbia


Serbia

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 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 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

Serbia borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the west; it also borders Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. The capital of Serbia and its largest city is  Belgrade.

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was formed in 1918 following the First World War and drastic changes to the European map. The name was changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. During the Second World War the country was occupied by the Germans who were then expelled in 1945 by Communist Dictator Marshall Tito. After Tito’s death in 1980 the Yugoslavia he ruled began to unravel along the many ethnic lines. Serbia and Montenegro were parts of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but became independent republics in 1992. In February of 2003 lawmakers restructured the country into a loose federation of two republics called Serbia and Montenegro. In 2006, Montenegro declared its independence. In 2008 the parliament of Kosovo declared independence, but was not recognized by many nations.

Religion

Orthodox Christianity85%, Roman Catholic 5%, Islam 3%, Protestant denominations 1%.

Stone-Campbell Movement

The American a cappella Churches of Christ conducted mission work in the former Yugoslav Republic in the 1980s and were successful in gaining government authorization for Churches of Christ in 1985. However, each congregation must also receive a separate authorization. These American missionaries were Andy Basic, Gary Jackson and Doug Gragg. By 1990 they were able to report two congregations in the Croatia Republic and a single congregation in Belgrade, in the Serbia Republic. No current information on the existence of that congregation is available.

The American Christian Churches and Churches of Christ mission organization, White Fields Overseas Evangelism, reports some activity of that tradition in Serbia.

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
March 2005

revised by Gary Holloway, January 6, 204

For further historical reference: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

Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1101 19th Avenue, South, Nashville, TN 37212-2112 (USA)
Telephone: (615) 327-1444
Email: mail@discipleshistory.org
Website: http://www.discipleshistory.org (provides links to other historical sites and databases).
Online catalog: ALEX Online

Contact Information

A. National Office
B. Congregational Information

For online directories of a cappella Churches of Christ see:
Website: http://www.churchzip.com/otherdirectories.htm

Church of Christ, Belgrade (1990 contact info)
XI Nova 2a, 11221 Kumodaz
Telephone: 11-497-746

C. Educational Institutions
D. Social Service Ministries
E. Magazines/Periodicals
F. International Ministries

White Fields Overseas Evangelism
Email: info@white-fields.org
Website: http://www.white-fields.org

G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences
H. Points of Interest