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Papers of Wade Thomas Coggins - Collection 414

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Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description.
Oral history interview of and papers and speeches by Coggins. The papers deal with a variety of issues of concern to American mission agencies, such as finanical support, training, church growth, unreached peoples, etc. The interviews cover Coggins' childood in North Carolina, conversion, education, marriage, work in Colombia 1948-1955 as a Christian and Missionary Alliance worker, his activities as staff member and eventually executive director of the Evangelical Foriegn Mission Association, and his reflections on current trends in missions.

Collection 414
[May 9, 2017]
Coggins, Wade Thomas, 1924-2013
Papers, 1964-1990

1 Box (DC; .2 cubic feet); Audio tapes


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Coggins was born in 1924 near High Point, North Carolina. At the time his father was a farmer, but when he was eleven, the family (including, besides his mother, his older brother John Cicero and his younger sister Nanny Lee) moved to High Point, where his father had a steady job throughout the Great Depression. That same year Wade stepped forward and was born again while attending an evangelistic meeting with his brother, who was converted at the same time. The family attended a nearby Methodist church, but were often uncomfortable with what seemed to them the watered down Christianity preached from its pulpit. Wade began on his own to attend as well the evening services and other programs of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) tabernacle in town. Already as a boy he felt a commitment to go into full-time Christian work as a minister.

After graduating from high school in 1941, he attended the local Methodist school, High Point College, for a year as a pre-ministerial student. But he was dissatisfied with what seemed like a lack of spiritual commitment among the faculty and student body and on the advice of a friend applied to and was accepted at the CMA's Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, New York. He travelled north for the first time in the fall of 1942 (accompanied by his brother and a friend) to take up his studies there.

While at Nyack he met fellow student Jane Wells and the two became engaged. They both applied to the Alliance to become missionaries. They were married immediately following their graduation in 1945 in Jane's hometown of Albany, New York. Immediately afterwards they set off by car to Des Moines, Iowa. There, as was customary in the CMA, they were to acquire experience meeting the needs of a church before being sent overseas. Wade was pastor to a small rural congregation on the outskirts of town from 1945 until 1947. He was ordained in the latter year by a group including such prominent CMA ministers as A. W. Tozer and R. R. Brown. The CMA had by this time appointed them to be missionaries in Colombia. In February 1948, the Coggins flew from Miami, Florida to Medellin, Colombia.

At first they lived in Medellin and studied the Spanish language. However, very soon after arriving they were assigned to assist in the development of churches, first in Nieva and then in Popayan. Wade would work with the local Colombian CMA pastor while in the town and would travel to the more remote rural and mountain location to preach to and meet with the small Protestant congregations. He worked with a number of diverse ethic and social groups, including the Paez Indians. In 1951 the Coggins were transferred to the town of Armenia. Wade and Jane taught there at the Bethel Bible Institute. which was training leadership for the country's CMA churches. During a visit with a Colombian pastor to the town of Argelia in his old district, Coggins was severely attacked and almost killed by a mob in the town, probably because he was a Protestant minister. He returned to Armenia to recuperate. The next year, after their son Robert had been born, the Coggins family returned to the United States on furlough and traveled among CMA churches in western Pennsylvania. After a brief time spent back in Colombia in 1954-55, Jane's ill health caused the family to return permanently to the United States.

Nyack Missionary College was now an accredited institution and Wade returned there briefly to earn enough credits to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. (In 1965, he received his Master's degree from the University of Maryland and in 1973 an honorary doctorate from the renamed Nyack College.) The Coggins then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Wade was pastor of a church. He had briefly met Evangelical missionary leader Clyde Taylor in Colombia. Taylor contacted him in 1958 to ask him to assist him on the staff of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association (later renamed the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies or EFMA for short), of which Taylor was executive director. Wade agreed and the same year the Coggins moved to the Washington, D. C. area, where EFMA was based.

Coggins remained with EFMA for the next three decades, first as Taylor's assistant and then as executive director himself when Taylor retired in 1975. The Association was a service agency for American Evangelical Protestant (largely denominational) mission agencies. Fifty agencies, with 4885 missionaries, belong to the EFMA in 1958. The Association had one hundred and one members, representing over thirteen thousand missionaries by the time he retired in 1990. The staff helped expedite visas for missionaries, lobbied among government agencies and Congress, published periodicals and books, and, perhaps most importantly, held congresses and workshops for mission leaders. At these meetings, current problems and developments would be discussed, as well as future possibilities. The Interdemoniational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA) had an almost identical purpose among Fundamentalist and Evangelical missions. Coggins was instrumental in working with the IFMA's executive director, Jack Frizen, to create an extremely close working relationship between the two groups. During his time on staff, the EFMA was instrumental in introducing to the missions community such ideas as the church growth theories of Donald McGavran and theological education by extension (TEE). Coggins also participated in several major international meetings, including the 1966 Congress on the Church's World Wide Mission, the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism, the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization, and the 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization.

The EFMA, in cooperation with IFMA, launched The Evangelical Missions Quarterly in 1964 and Coggins served on its editorial board. He also wrote So That's What Missions is All About for Moody Press (1975) and was co-editor of the proceedings of a number of missions conferences, including Christ and Caesar in Christian Missions (1977) and Reaching Our Generation (1982).

In addition to his EFMA duties, he served on the board of the North American office of the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). He served as interim general director for the Fellowship from 1981-1982.

Coggins retired from the EFMA in 1990 and was followed by Rev. Paul McKaughan. However, he continued to work with EFMA, WEF and other agencies as a consultant. He died May 19, 2013.

[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation "folder 2-5" means "Box 2, Folder 5"]

Scope and Content

The material in this collection consists of a series of tapes of oral history interviews with Coggins and photocopies of some of his speeches and articles.

The paper records are all from Coggins' time on the staff of EFMA and deal with a variety of topics related to mission work. Here a brief summary of the topics covered;

Folder 1-1 Religious situation in Latin America in 1963, impact of visiting non-Western pastor and evangelists on United States churches, church growth, the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism, religious attitudes toward political revolution, the 1967 National Conference of the Catholic Inter-American Cooperation Program (CICOP) and changes in the Roman Catholic church in Latin America, and the career of Clyde Taylor.

Folder 1-2 Tax laws related to giving to missions, missionary cost of living compensation, unreached peoples mission financing, TEE, future trends in missions, EFMA activities, the Evangelical view of change, preparation for missionary work.

Folder 1-3 Cost of missions, the call for a mission moratorium, a 1976 survey of missions around the world, description of the 1952 attack on him in Colombia, spiritual freedom, the World Evangelical Fellowship, the call to be a missionary, the local church and mission, the future of the Evangelical movement.

Folder 1-4 Retirement of Horace Fenton from the Latin American Mission; the administrator's dilemma in facing development needs; American Leprosy Missions' relations with churches, governments, supporters; cost of missions, role of church and school in the missionary call; accountability and evaluation of missions; furloughs, vacations and continuing education; financing denominational missions; training missionaries; education of missionary children; determining maturity and mental health in a missionary; pastoral care for the missionary; non-Western mission agencies; unreached peoples; priorities for the 1980s.

Folder 1-5 The 1980 Consultation on World Evangelization, future of missions, ways of reaching unreached peoples, financing missions, review of David Barrett's Encyclopedia of World Christianity, survey of missionary salaries, frontier missions, cost of North American missionaries.

Coggins was interviewed by Robert Shuster several times in 1989 and 1990. The events described in the interviews cover the time period from 1929-1990. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interview. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to a cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

Tape T1 - Side 1

00:00 Beginning of tape

00:30 Introduction of interview; growing up in rural and urban North Carolina during the Great Depression; farm work by children; positive family influence; active family involvement in the Methodist Church; history of church going back to Francis Asbury; growing liberal influence in church

08:15 Coggins involvement with a Christian and Missionary Alliance tabernacle in High Point; his decision for Christ at the age of eleven during a tent meeting led by evangelist Bill Young; description of his brother John Cicero; description of his sister Nanny Lee

14:30 Earliest memories of a fire at church; brother being bitten by a diamondback snake; harvesting fodder in fields by moonlight; cornshucking parties; signs of the depression; race relations in North Carolina at the time

24:45 Father's character: stern but loving; memories of both sets of grandparents; other family members

30:30 Projects on the farm; description of the frame house he lived in as a child; description of his mother; spiritual atmosphere at home

36:45 Attendance every week at Sunday school and church; Coggins' reasons for going to the CMA tabernacle

43:15 Coggins' interest in being a preacher from a very young age; hearing missionaries as a child; the development of his sense of calling; decision to go to the Nyack Missionary Training Institute

51:15 The D4 draft deferment for ministerial students; leaving North Carolina for the first time to go to the CMA Missionary Training College at Nyack; New York; parents were supportive of Coggins' decision to go to Nyack; trip to New York

59:15 End of side 1

Tape T1 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:15 Overlap from side 1

00:45 Experiences as a country boy in New York City

03:00 End of side 2

Tape T2 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:30 Coggins' first impression of the Nyack Missionary College; room assignment in a small dorm for men which had only about twenty or thirty men; students housekeeping responsibilities; calling to be a missionary to South America during his time at Nyack

05:00 Influence of speech by Rev. Emmanuel Prentice of the Christian and Missionary Alliance from Colombia; became engaged to be married during senior year; appointed to Colombia, even though he had not requested it by name; application to CMA to become a missionary; strengths of the institute; professors who made a lasting impressions: Mr. Freligh, Mr. Dunbar

11:00 Description of Thomas Mosley, president of the Institute; speaking style; missionary speakers every Friday night; types of courses aimed at training missionaries; memories of homiletics teacher Gilbert Johnson; learning how to preach

19:00 Class on missionary principles; learning about demon possession; positive evaluation of his training at Nyack; could have used more emphasis on how a culture functions; spiritual life at the Institute; special services on campus; influence of World War II on campus

25:45 Social life on campus; arranging for a date once a week; riding the Terrytown ferry

32:00 First date with Jane Wells, his future wife; at the Congress of [Prayer] Bands at Carnegie Hall; going to a ball game with Jane; meeting her family from Albany; rationing at the Institute because of the war; serving in a Civil Defense unit

40:00 Little aware of outside events as he was attending the Institute; first contact with television; minor adjustments necessary as a Southerner living in the North; application to be a missionary; types of information asked for in the application

45:00 End of side 1

Tape T2 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

00:30 Little emphasis in application on denominationalism; questions asked during the missionary candidate interview; marriage in 1945 immediately after graduation from the Institute; appointment as a pastor of a new church in Iowa; financial problems

08:00 Traveling to Iowa in a reconditioned car; marriage in Albany, New York at the start of the trip; none of Coggins family at the wedding because of wartime travel restrictions

11:15 End of tape

Tape T3 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:15 Introduction of interview; social and economic background of his pastorate in Des Moines; Coggins' daily routine and Bible study; method of sermon preparation; opportunity to spend long hours in Bible study his favorite part of being a pastor; getting to know his congregation; difficulty in involving young people in the church; dealing with rowdies

10:30 Growth in the Sunday school; weekly visitation rounds; officiating at the funeral of a child; influence of his pastorate on the Coggins' later work in mission; death of their first child

19:00 Lack of contact with other pastors; ordination in 1947 by A. W. Tozer, R. R. Brown and others; getting a draft deferment

26:15 Preparation to go to Colombia as missionaries; opposition from the Roman Catholic hierarchy to Protestant missionaries; help of EFMA in clearing the Coggins' visas; raising funds to cover part of their expenses; waiting for the visa; tendency of the State Department not to get involved in missionary visa problems

33:15 Sailing to Colombia in February 1948; preparations to go to the mission field; attitudes of their parents to their going to the mission field; flying to Colombia from Miami

40:30 First impressions of Colombia; different sense of personal space; first contacts with Colombian Protestants; learning Spanish

45:00 End of side 1

Tape T3 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

00:30 Adapting to local culture as part of language training; getting to know other missionaries in Medellin; the Oriental Missionary Society's Bible school

05:15 Alternation between liberal and conservative governments in Colombia; murder of Liberal Party leader Eliecer Gaitan in 1948 and the urban uprisings that resulted; visiting riot scenes; riots had little effect on mission work; finishing up at language school

11:00 Traveling to Nieva in the spring of 1948

13:00 End of Side 2

Tape T4 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:20 First experience in a Colombian hotel; first sermon in Spanish; help from the

Lord in learning Spanish; first assignment in Nieva and involvement in various kinds of ministry; similarities to and differences from working with a congregation in Des Moines; Protestant funerals

08:45 Counseling parishioners on marital relationships; helping couples get through the legal requirements of a civil ceremony, sometimes including confrontations with local Catholic priests; little contact between Catholic and Protestant clergy

12:45 Reassigned to Popayan; importance of Spanish and Catholic culture in Popayan; attacks on Protestants as heretics; duties in Popayan, including helping the local Colombian pastor; language study; visiting several churches in surrounding countryside and mountain ranges; using Clyde Taylor's bicycle

20:00 Modes of travel outside of town; visiting rural congregations; a 1952 visit to Balboa and Argelia to visit the small Protestant group in the area; seeking protection from the local leader of the governing party

27:30 Complaints from a local priest and the police about the Coggins' presence; attack on Coggins by a mob armed with machetes; threats to burn down the house in which he was hiding; hiding in the home of the local leader of the ruling party; getting safely out of town; speculation on who was behind attacks

37:30 Description of Coggins responsibilities in overseeing outlying churches; Bible teaching activities; the Daily Vacation Bible School; crossing the Patia River; conversion a dying man; service in Popayan from 1950-1951; furlough in the United States 1953-1954; return to the United States permanently in 1955.

45:00 End of tape

Tape T5 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:10 Prevalence of Spanish culture in the area where Coggins served; differences between the various groups Coggins visited (Guambiano Indians, upper class urban dwellers, Black farmers, the poor coffee farmers of Spanish descent)

08:15 Questions Catholics asked about Protestants; selling Bibles as a way of meeting people; pictorial presentation of the broad and narrow ways in life; the Bible and the Spanish language the main common elements between the different ethnic groups within the church

14:15 Adapting his preaching to the experience of the country people; Pablo Rodriguez, a student who was very influential in the local church;

20:00 Reason for transfer from Popayan to Armenia in 1951; teaching for a quarter at the Bible school in Armenia; the church among the Paez Indians and Porfirio Ocana; his arrest for holding Protestant services; delivering Bibles and blankets to him in jail; ministry in jail

25:00 Very small size of the Protestant church in Colombia; visiting rural Colombian conventions; emphasis on the resurrection of Christ in Protestant evangelism; attacking theological issues such as the place of Mary in the church

31:00 Moving to Armenia to teach at Bethel Bible Institute; difficulties in moving

furniture over the mountains; Mrs. Coggins pregnancy and birth of a son; Robert Charles; teaching at the school adapted to the educational level of each student

39:00 Coggins love of teaching; students came from many different segments of Colombian society; growth of coffee around Armenia; only Bible school for the Alliance in Colombia; main concern was to develop a Christian character among the students; difference between attitudes toward laborers and educated people; helping with the marketing for the school; bargaining in the market; cost of living

47:00 End of side 1

Tape T5 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

00:10 More on buying in the Armenia market; driving a jeep; size of the faculty; developing a precursor of Theological Education by Extension; separation of the Colombian national CMA church from the mission; tensions between missionaries and church leaders

08:15 Marriage in Colombian society; trying to develop standards for the Christian home; the necessity of Protestants being married in a civil ceremony; different types of church membership

13:15 Reaction of Wade and Jane Coggins to tensions between the national church leaders and the missionaries; developing friendships with church leaders; questions about who should control church finances; Alliance policy on church autonomy

17:00 Governance of the mission in Colombia; assignments during the yearly conferences; means of choosing mission leaders; relations between the mission in Colombia and the Alliance's mission headquarters in the United States; furlough to the United States in 1953; returning to the United States for his wife's medical care; political tensions in Colombia upon their return; returning to the United States permanently in 1955 shortly after his beating

26:30 End of tape

Tape T6 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:15 Death of missionary John Knopp of typhoid in 1955 in Buenaventura; visiting churches in western Pennsylvania during furlough; returning to Nyack to study

08:15 Trauma and depression on the mission field; description of another attack on Coggins in Colombia with a machete; anti-Evangelical feeling; the effect of rumors

13:45 Return to Colombia in 1954; reasons for returning to the United States in 1955; recuperating in the United States; move to Knoxville to take a church assignment in 1956

19:15 Questions as to how to get back into missions; offer from Clyde Taylor to join the staff of the EFMA; contacts with the Jesus Only movement in Colombia; growth of the other Pentecostal groups in eastern Colombia

26:00 Concluding comments on his years in Colombia; the dynamiting of a church building shortly before one of his visits; church completely destroyed shortly after; press censorship; loyalty of Colombian Protestants to the Gospel; attitudes of churches in the United States toward the pressures on missionaries in Colombia

33:00 End of tape

Tape T7 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

01:30 Introduction of interview; how Coggins was hired for the staff of EFMA by Clyde Taylor; earlier meetings with Taylor; interviewing for the job with Taylor

07:30 Decision to take the job; establishing a home in Maryland; Jane Coggins' work; reasons why Taylor chose Coggins

13:00 First days working for EFMA; attitude toward Clyde Taylor; office conditions in 1958

18:45 First responsibility was taking care of missionaries' visas; difficulties of getting visas for India; number of visas handled per year; requirements of various embassies and government agencies

28:30 Opposition of the Burmese and Indian governments to missionary activity; size of the staff; Coggins gradually acquired additional responsibilities from Taylor; character of Taylor; dealing with draft deferments for missionaries

36:45 Taylor's emphasis toward cooperation between Evangelicals; development of EFMA from the National Association of Evangelicals; concerns of Evangelicals over access to radio and appointment of military chaplains that caused them to have a representative in Washington

41:45 Decision of Mrs. Shipley of the passport office that too many missionaries were being sent out; Taylor's method as a lobbyist; missionaries discouraged from going to Afghanistan

47:00 End of side 1

Tape T7 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

01:15 Sending Evangelicals to Afghanistan as teachers; Taylor's contacts in Congress; Taylor's informal and personal style of administration; Avery Kendall; Taylor's use of bluffing

07:30 Influence of EFMA on American Evangelical missions; Taylor's efforts to get missions to work together; helping to spread church growth ideas

12:30 EFMA as an agency that certified a mission's accountability and responsibility; difficult relationship between EFMA and IFMA in the 1940s and the early 1950s; the issue of separation from liberal organizations

17:30 End of side 2

Tape T8 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:30 Difference between IFMA and EFMA on separation from organizations with ties to the National Council of Churches or the World Council of Churches; Jack Frizen taking over as leader of the IFMA; creation of an IFMA-EFMA committee on Latin America; joint publication of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the creation of the Evangelical Missions Information Service; James Reapsome

09:15 Reason why the two associations started publishing together; dealing with current issues; movement for a missionary moratorium in the 1960s; work of the 1966 Congress on the Church's World Wide Mission meeting in Wheaton; careful screening of articles by the editorial board of the Evangelical Missions Quarterly to avoid charges of liberalism; changes in the work of the editorial committee

17:15 Lack of expected negative responses to the publication; origins of the 1966 Congress on the Church's World Wide Mission; conflicting views on relations between Protestants and Catholics; relation to later congresses

23:00 J. Elwin Wright and his worldwide efforts to promote cooperation between Evangelicals; the annual Mission Executives' Retreat; discussion of non-western missionaries

29:45 Other retreat themes; combined IFMA-EFMA conferences; the Green Lake Conference in 1971 on church and mission relations; church-mission relations as a special problem of nondenominational missions

36:30 Origins of the Association of Church Missions Committees (ACMC); conflict over whether the missionary is responsible to the church or the mission; churches that train their own missionaries

42:00 End of tape

Tape T9 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Introduction of interview; description of Donald McGavran and his view of missions; McGavran as a speaker on church growth; impact of church growth ideas on Evangelical missions; development of caste churches in India

08:45 Influence of McGavran on Ralph Winter; description of Jack Frizen; difference between EFMA and IFMA

15:30 Seminars on cost of living for missionaries; methods for determining the costs of living in different countries; the history of the Committee to Assist Missionary Education Overseas (CAMEO); involvement of Ray Buker, Sr.

22:45 Development of the concept of Theological Education by Extension (TEE) by Ralph Winter in Guatemala; adapting education theories on programmed training from Michigan State University to TEE; development of TEE programs around the world; things that Lois McKinney emphasized at CAMEO when she became executive director; H. Wilbert Norton's contribution to CAMEO; need to be related to the local church rather than academic concerns

34:00 Concerns about Third World church leaders on the needs in theological education; minor involvement in the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin; emphasis of the Berlin Congress on evangelism; cross-cultural emphasis at the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization in Lausanne

40:15 Difference between evangelism and evangelization; development of the unreached peoples concept; description of the 1974 congress; meeting Christians from different parts of the world and result of the congress

46:15 End of side 1

Tape T9 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

01:00 Impact of the Congress on the Chinese churches; overall influence of the 1974 congress; relationship between EFMA and the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelism (LCWE); critique of LCWE

08:00 The 1986 COWE meeting in Thailand on the relationship between evangelism and social responsibility; description of the 1989 Lausanne congress in Manila, Philippines; Coggins' involvement in the World Evangelical Fellowship; Coggins' brief period as general secretary of WEF in 1982-83; continuing involvement with the North American branch of the WEF

18:00 Reasons for Waldron Scott's resignation in 1981 from WEF; description of Coggins' duties as general secretary; benefits of WEF for its members

22:15 End of side 2

Tape T10 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:20 Start of interview; development of the Destiny movement; Elward Ellis; scarcity of African Americans in foreign missions; special needs of Black missionaries

09:00 The Latin American survey of Protestants and Protestant missionaries; work involved in doing the Protestant Missions in Latin America manually in 1961; publishing lessons learned; the mission situation in Latin America today (1989); educational priorities of mission agencies in Latin America

17:45 Changing missionary role as national churches grow strong; limited influence of liberation theology among the poor in Latin America; trends among missions in Africa; growth of prophets and cults

23:45 The growth of Evangelical churches in Africa; the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar (AEAM); lack of contact with missions in the Middle East and Europe

29:00 Controversy over whether to smuggle Bibles into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union; Asian mission trends; the situation in the Philippines and Indonesia

34:00 The situation currently (1989) in China; rate of North Americans going to Asia; Asian churches now sending out missionaries; stability of the distribution of North American missionaries to different parts of the world; effect of terrorism on missions

42:45 Comparing the succession between Taylor and Coggins and that between Coggins and McKaughan; EFMA influence on North American missions

47:00 End of side 1

Tape T10 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

00:30 EFMA's emphasis on cross-cultural aspects of missions

02:00 End of side 2

Tape T11 - Side 1

00:00 Start of tape

00:30 Introduction of interview; developing a model for missionary retirement at EFMA; missionary attitudes toward Social Security and retirement; creation of missionary retirement funds

08:00 EFMA's retirement policy; most EFMA staff short-term; cost of living surveys and their effect of missions

17:30 The 1961 survey of Protestant missions in Latin America; decision to serve the missions rather than the churches; formation of the Association of Church Mission Committees (ACMC); convincing missions to be more publicly responsible in financial accountability; EFMA as a forum for new ideas on missions

27:00 Donald McGavran's influence on missionaries in the 1960s and 1970s; controversies around the church growth movement; McGavran's personality

33:00 Louis King of the Christian and Missionary Alliance; Veron Mortenson of the Evangelical Alliance Mission; other important leaders of the 1950s and 1960s; challenges in the future: social concern; how to identify the lost who need to be reached; evangelizing the world by the year 2000

41:15 What happens to people who never heard the gospel; Coggins reflections on his work at EFMA

45:00 End of side 1

Tape T11 - Side 2

00:00 Start of tape

00:05 Overlap from side 1

00:30 The EFMA as a catalysis for discussion among missions; pitfalls in the development of a true international missionary movement

04:00 End of tape


The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Wade Coggins in 1989 and 1990.

Acc. 89-36, 89-48, 89-58, 89-60, 90-48, 90-79
November 28, 1994
Robert Shuster
S. Gertz

Accession: 89-36, 89-48, 89-58, 90-48, 90-79
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

T1 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 56 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, April 15, 1989. Discussion of boyhood in North Carolina, parents, education, conversion to Christianity, decision to become a minister.

T2 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 56 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, April 15, 1989. Discussion of his attendance at the CMA's Missionary training Institute in Nyack, New York; meeting and marrying Jane Wells.

T3 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 58 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, June 5, 1989. Discussion of his first pastorate in Iowa, ordination, going to Colombia as a missionary.

T4 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 45 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, June 5, 1989. Discussion of life in Colombia, modes of travel, the Protestant church in that country, a 1952 attack on Coggins during a visit to a rural congregation.

T5 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 73 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, June 13, 1989. Discussion of the ethnic groups in Colombia Coggins worked with, ways of presenting the Gospel, his teaching at the Brethren Bible Institute, internal governance of the mission, tensions between foreign missionaries and national church leaders.

T6 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 33 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, June 13, 1989. Discussion of opposition to Evangelicals in Colombia, trauma caused by events on the mission field, the Coggins permanent return to the United States.

T7 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 63 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, January 11, 1990. Discussion of how Coggins joined the EFMA, personality and leadership style of Clyde Taylor, relations between the EFMA and the IFMA, helping missionaries to get visas.

T8 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 42 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, January 11, 1990. Discussion of development of the Evangelical Missions Quarterly and other publications, the 1966 Congress on the Church's World Wide Mission, mission executive retreats.

T9 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 67 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, May 3, 1990. Discussion of Donald McGavran and church growth, Jack Frizien, seminars offered by IFMA and EFMA, history of the Committee to Assist Ministry Education Overseas (CAMEO), Theological Education by Extension; the 1974 International Congress on World Evangelization, the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization, the World Evangelical Fellowship.

T10 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 49 minutes. One side only. Conclusion of interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, May 3, 1990. Discussion of Destiny movement, African Americans in missions, Latin American mission developments, African mission trends, Bible smuggling, Asian mission trends, terrorism, Coggins' retirement.

T11 Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, 48 minutes. One side only. Interview with Wade Coggins by Robert Shuster, July 19, 1990. Discussion of mission agencies attitudes toward Social Security and retirement, cost of living surveys, EFMA as a forum for ideas, Donald McGavran, the movement to evangelize the world by the year 2000, concluding reflections.

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1 2 1972-1975
1 3 1976
1 4 1977-1979
1 5 1980-1987

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