This collection has a focus on African Christianity; it includes the contributions published in: PHIRI, Isabel Apawo ... [et al.]. Anthology of African Christianity. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2016. ISBN 978-1-911372-10-3. Copyright: World Council of Churches, available below under the heading "Anthology".

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  • The urban explosion of black majority churches : their origin, growth, distinctives and contribution to British Christianity

    Warner, Colin P.; Mashau, T.D.; 12958816 - Warner, Colin Peter (Supervisor); 10898328 - Mashau, Thinandavha Derrick (Supervisor); Adedibu, Babatunde Aderemi (2015-03-24)
    PhD (Missiology), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, in association with Greenwich School of Theology, UK, 2011
  • Developing Pastoral Missiology within the Ghanaian Pentecostal/Charismatic Context

    Lomotey, Vandyck (Digital Commons @ Fuller, 2020-05-01)
    The missio Dei denotes God as both the originator and source of mission. He is the one carrying out his mission in the world, and the church is called to participate in this mission. Therefore, both the identity and mission of the church are located in the missio Dei. Pastors and church leaders are called to lead and cultivate their congregations in pursuit of the missio Dei. This dissertation draws on an ecclesiology based on the missio Dei to argue for pastoral missiology—that is, an approach to ministry where pastors and church leaders inspire, equip, empower, and lead their congregations in fulfilling their missional callings both to their contexts and to the rest of the world. This dissertation takes a contextualized approach by critically analyzing the African traditional religious context, praxis of some Ghanaian Pentecostal/charismatic churches, and leadership within the Ghanaian cultural context. Two churches within Victory Bible Church International were used as case-study churches for an in-depth analysis. Integrating the thoughts and findings from the pastoral missiology model, contextual studies, and field research, a training model was developed to help raise and equip pastors who can lead their churches to embrace and live out their missional calling.
  • Krakowskie Studia Międzynarodowe nr 1, 2011 (Mniejszości etniczno-religijne a modernizacja w krajach Azji i Afryki)

    Zdanowski, Jerzy; Bednarczyk, Bogusława; Zdanowski, Jerzy; Tokarski, Stanisław; Kubarek, Magdalena; Switat, Mustafa; Sławiński, Roman; Jelonek, Adam W.; Trojnar, Ewa; Wiciarz, Krystian; et al. (Oficyna Wydawnicza AFM, 2014-06-10)
    Kolejny numer „Krakowskich Studiów Międzynarodowych”, poświęcony krajom
 Afryki i Azji, pokazuje relacje między wspólnotami etniczno-religijnymi a państwem
 oraz charakteryzuje zmiany społeczne i kulturowe, jakie następują w obrębie
 tych wspólnot pod wpływem przemian modernizacyjnych. Samego słowa
 „modernizacja” nie należy rozumieć w odniesieniu do teorii modernizacji, oznaczającej
 upodobnianie się społeczeństw azjatycko-afrykańskich do zachodnich, lecz
 jako zmianę społeczno-kulturowego status quo w ogóle. To, że społeczeństwa Azji
 i Afryki są wieloetniczne i wieloreligijne jest powszechnie znane po dziesiątkach lat
 badań; równie dobrze znany jest fakt, że w państwach Azji i Afryki zachodzą obecnie
 poważne przemiany.
  • Missio Dei: The influence of early Keswick theology of sanctification in socio-ethical life of the East African Revival Movement (EARM), 1930-2015, in the Anglican Church, Mount Kenya Region

    Knoetze, J.J.; 22272070 - Knoetze, Johannes Jacobus (Supervisor); Mwangi, R.K. (North-West University, 2018-10-11)
    PhD (Missiology), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
  • Motivating Black students through literature: Surveying juniors and seniors in a religious high school

    Pearce, Marcia Monique (Fordham Research Commons, 2015-01-01)
    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of culturally relevant literature on students in a religious high school and their perceptions of their motivation to read. Increasing research has highlighted the relevance of culturally relevant literature in the classroom, but there is little documentation on students in religious high schools. In examining 26 juniors and seniors in a Pentecostal Christian academy in the northeast United States, this study measured the effect of culturally relevant literature on their motivation to read in English classrooms. A quantitative method (survey design) was used to collect data using Likert surveys; the data were then analyzed and categorized to highlight patterns of behavior in reading. The Student Literature Analysis Meaning (SLAM) survey provided data explaining these participants' motivation to read. Results revealed the role of culturally relevant literature in Black juniors' and seniors' motivation to read. Their responses indicated that culturally relevant literature was key in how they perceived their motivation to read and supported the idea that reading motivation consists of and is affected by multiple dimensions: interest, learning sense, engagement, and satisfaction. Culturally relevant literature is used to highlight these dimensions of reading motivation. The degree to which teachers expose themselves to culturally based literature is also important for reading motivation, especially with diverse student populations.
  • Integrating African Pentecostalism into the theological education of South African Universities: An urgent task

    Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon (AOSIS publishing, 2020-05-28)
    African Pentecostalism continues to be a growing part of Christianity both in Africa and the
 rest of the world. Pentecostal churches in Africa are on the rise at a very high rate. However, theological education in South African universities does not reflect this reality, but continues to be of a western orientation. Therefore, there is an urgent need and demand for a theological education that will be relevant to Africa. It is an urgent need for African Pentecostalism to be integrated into the theological education of South African universities. This can be achieved by integrating African Pentecostalism into the curriculum, by decolonising Pentecostal research and by the emergence of critical African scholars that can address cutting-edge issues in a South African context. Thus, theological education in South African universities shall be a contextual and relevant one.
  • The role of historical-critical methodology in African Old Testament studies

    Holter, Knut (The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa OTSSA, 2020-06-03)
    Based on the observation that the historical-critical methodology used in mainstream biblical studies reflects 18th to 20th century western epistemology and hermeneutics, the article addresses the role of this methodology in African Old Testament studies as it has developed since 1960. African Old Testament studies – in relation to historical-critical methodology – is then approached in three steps: first its context, with a focus on institutional and methodological perspectives; then its content, with a focus on its preference for comparative perspectives; and finally a critical perspective, with a focus on the potential of historical-critical methodology – at least when consciously used – to express critical concerns vis-à-vis the challenge that faces Old Testament interpretative communities not only in contemporary Africa, but at all times and places, namely to be more than just a mirror of current religious, cultural and politi­cal power structures.
  • Evaluation of the YMCA youth worker intern programme

    The YMCA (Community Agency For Social Enquiry (South Africa), November 2)
  • Prosperity gospel and the culture of greed in post-colonial Africa: Constructing an alternative African Christian Theology of Ubuntu

    Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon; Mashau, Derrick (AOSIS publishing, 2020-06-02)
    Christianity in post-colonial Africa is highly influenced and shaped by the prosperity message.The popular and materialistic gospel is sweeping across the continent like a gale-force wind, which is irresistible. Previous studies on prosperity gospel have indeed defined the concept as a global phenomenon and in an African context. This study is an interdisciplinary reflection on prosperity gospel and the culture of greed in post-colonial Africa. The study proposes the African Christian Theology of Ubuntu as an alternative to prosperity gospel. Ubuntu is prescribed here as an antidote to the culture of greed in prosperity gospel because it is a theology of life, care, solidarity, economic justice, hope and accompaniment.
  • Assessment of the YMCA better life options programme

    DSSPD (Community Agency for Social Enquiry (South Africa), February 2)
  • Purification in an African context from a Missio Dei perspective : empowering pastors of African Independent Churches in Leandra to interpret the cleansing rituals of Numbers 19 from a Christ centred redemptive perspective : a case study

    Buys, P.J.; 11004835 - Buys, Phillipus Jacobus (Supervisor); 10103449 - Küger, Petrus Paulus (Supervisor); Nyawuza, Nicholas Mfanuzile (North-West University (South Africa) , Potchefstroom Campus, 2017-01-18)
    MA (Missiology), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2016
  • Reimagining the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa: A critical engagement

    Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon (AOSIS publishing, 2020-06-02)
    This article is a critical engagement on the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern
 Africa. Pentecostal prophecy is widely practiced in Southern Africa and other parts of
 the African continent, especially West Africa, in countries like Ghana and Nigeria.
 The phenomenon is related to divination in African Traditional Religions. The practices
 of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa include forensic prophecy, prophetic titles,
 prophetic objects, prophetic consultation and prophetic miracles. This article critically
 engages these practices and reimagines the practice of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern
 Africa. The article suggests a prophecy of salvation, prophecy of love, prophecy of
 humility and approved prophecy as a remedy for bizarre practices of Pentecostal prophecy in Southern Africa.
  • Religious intersections in African Christianity: the conversion dilemma among indigenous converts

    Mokhoathi,Joel (Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Theology, 2020-01-01)
    The conversion of indigenous converts to Christianity is often perceived as a linear process, which marks individuals' rebirth and assumption of a new identity as they are assimilated into the Christian fold. This simplistic view, however, seems to undermine the intrinsic technicalities that are involved in the process of conversion, particularly for indigenous converts who already embrace a unique worldview, which is different from and sometimes contradictory to the conservative Christian outlook. This paper uses a qualitative research approach in the form of document analysis to critically explore the religious intersectionalities between Christianity and African Traditional Religion (ATR), and discusses some dilemmas that are inherent in the conversion of indigenous converts. It concludes by suggesting a paradigmatic model for re-viewing and reinterpreting the coming together of Christianity and African Traditional Religion in Africa south of the Sahara, particularly in South Africa.
  • A Remarkable Woman in African Independent Churches: Examining Christina Nku’s Leadership in St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission

    Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon (Unisa press, 2020-06-03)
    The name African Independent Churches (AICs) refers to churches that have been independently started in Africa by Africans and not by missionaries from another continent. There has been extensive research on (AICs) from different subjects in the past. There is, however, a research gap on the subject of leadership in the AICs, especially with reference to women leaders. To address this gap, this article discusses leadership in the AICs with special reference to the leadership of Christina Nku in St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM). A historical examination of Christina Nku’s leadership is studied by looking at her roles as a family woman, prophet, church founder, faith healer and educator in St John’s AFM. The aim of this article is twofold. First it is to reflect on gender in the leadership of the AICs. Second it is to apply the framework of leadership in the AICs to Christina Nku’s leadership in St John’s AFM. Consequently, the article is an interface between gender and leadership in an African context. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that Christina Nku was a remarkable woman in the leadership of the AICs.
  • The practice and impact of divine healing in Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission: a missiological perspective

    Kgatle, Mookgo Solomon (University of Stellenbosch, 2020-05-28)
    Previous works on Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission have focused on the establishment of the church by its female founder, Christina Nku. Other works have studied the reasons that caused the church to undergo several schisms over the years. Some scholars have discussed Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission as a Pentecostal church instead of an African Independent Church. This article looks at the practice of divine healing in Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission and its impact on the growth of the church, by using a missiological lens. This shall be established by looking at the practice of divine healing in the African Independent Churches in general. The practice of divine healing in Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission shall be explored by looking at the role of the Holy Spirit, healing symbols and healing songs. The article also looks at the relationship between divine healing and western medicine. The purpose here is to demonstrate the impact of divine healing on the growth of Saint John Apostolic Faith Mission.
  • Theological understandings of migration and church ministry models: a quest for holistic ministry to migrants in South Africa

    Rabali, T.C.; 10186220 - Rabali, Tshitangoni Christopher (Supervisor); Magezi, C. (North-West University, 2018-11-05)
    PhD (Theology), North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus
  • Transforming missiology : an alternative approach to missiological education with special reference to the DR Congo

    Buys, P. J.; 11004835 - Buys, Phillipus Jacobus (Supervisor); Fohle, Lygunda Li-Mwangwela (North-West University (South Africa) , Potchefstroom Campus, 2017-03-31)
    PhD (Missiology), North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2016
  • Let Justice Be Done: Writings from American Abolitionists, 1688-1865

    Walters, Kerry S. (The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College, 2020-01-01)
    Almost from the first arrival of enslaved Africans in 1619 until the end of the antebellum period, a prophetic crusade to eliminate the sin of slavery stirred the American conscience. The abolitionists were deeply faithful Christians who believed that if anything was contrary to the will of God, it was human bondage. Mocked, threatened, and abused, their influence was ultimately profound. Let Justice Be Done includes representative voices of the abolitionist cause—women and men, black and white. Among them are towering figures such as William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Lucretia Mott. Their struggle against one of the greatest evils to blemish American history demonstrated that religious faith can and rightfully should be a powerful force in calling out injustice, speaking truth to power, and planting seeds of change.
  • The Holy Communion and African rituals: An encounter between African religion and Christianity

    Ngcobo,Themba E. (Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa, 2020-01-01)
    African lifestyle is informed, influenced and guided by African cosmology or cosmologies. These cosmologies (especially from the AmaZulu tribes, who are the focus of this study) shape social norms that are drawn from and explained by various indigenous knowledge systems that view the cosmology as intertwined. Consequently, according to this view, the spiritual world is not necessarily divorced from the physical world. This configuration of rationality could be observed during traditional and cultural gatherings in which myth is not only orally narrated but re-lived through rituals. In such cases, rituals provide a sphere where both the human world and the spiritual world converge in sharing a mythic experience represented in meals, drinks, songs, clapping of hands and dances. This convergence of God, amadlozi or badimo (generally translated as 'ancestors' or 'predecessors') brings the lived experience of the previous generation to reality. Therefore, the main argument in this contribution would be that the story of Jesus could still be re-lived through its most significant rituals such as the Holy Communion. This article reflects on the ritual of Holy Communion, which more emphatically addresses African cosmological views. The question of exclusivism of participation in this ritual is addressed to probe their individualistic pattern, which is perhaps more Western than African.
  • Empowered21 Conversation Executive Summary

    Committee, Empowered21 (Digital Showcase, 2009-01-01)
    The executive summary from the Conversation Process in preparation for the 2010 Global Congress on the Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century. Empowered21 was formed by the Commission on Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century, which is a broad Kingdom coalition facilitated by the International Center for Spiritual Renewal in partnership with Oral Roberts University. Three ongoing conversations were established through the Commission and included a leadership track, a scholar track and a next generation track. These groups incorporated leaders from around the world in addressing questions and solutions for the future of the Spirit-empowered movement. Their findings and conclusions became the framework for the program of the Empowered 21 Global Congress. !e Commission facilitated meetings between these three conversation groups at different times throughout 2009. These meetings took place on five continents globally and across the United States. !e thoughts developed from these conversations helped shape Empowered 21: Global Congress on Holy Spirit Empowerment in the 21st Century that convened April 8-10, 2010 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Over a 14 month period from December 2008 through January 2010, the Commission was able to conduct all three conversation tracks as originally planned to include: 540+ participants 16 conversations Held on 5 continents Involving leaders, scholars, and students from 54 nations During the process, conversations were conducted in three different languages: English, Spanish and French. Four different university campuses were utilized and students from over ten unique university and college campuses participated. There were at least eight key themes that resonated consistently throughout the conversations held across the globe in understanding the heart of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the next generation of believers in Jesus Christ. The result was eight prominent themes needed for 21st Century Holy Spirit empowered Christianity.

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