Transnational Christianity and Converging Identities

Arabic Protestant Churches in New Jersey

In: Mission Studies
Deanna Ferree Womack Candler School of Theology

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This study of Arabic speaking Protestant churches in New Jersey adds to the limited amount of existing scholarship on Arab American Protestantism and aims to make Arab Christianity a topic of discussion within studies of world Christianity and mission. After considering the historical and demographical data on Arabic speaking churches in the United States, it examines the ecology and culture of five Arabic Protestant churches in New Jersey and identifies key factors in individual and congregational identity formation. The study recognizes the converging identities and multiple reference points for first and second generation Arab Protestant immigrants in America and the challenges and opportunities their congregations face in facilitating members’ transition experiences.

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