By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu
This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its smooth charismatic shape has turn into the main noticeable expression of renewal inside indigenous Christianity. The e-book first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, despite a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. additionally, it debts for the increase of the recent self sustaining church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Nineteen Seventies. as well as this, the ebook explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide invaluable insights into the character of recent African Pentecostal spirituality.
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At the height of the growth of Sunsum sorè in the 1950s and 60s, concerns began to appear among the TWMCs about the drift of their members into new independent churches. Some members severed their links completely. Many others went for what may be referred to as ‘plural belonging’ or ‘double insurance’. In popular Ghanaian discourse, this meant maintaining membership in the mission church and patronising the activities of various Sunsum sorè to meet speciﬁc needs. Without waiting for any executive ﬁat, some members of mission churches constituted themselves into renewal groups in order to oﬀer within their own churches the type of spirituality that had led to the drift into and aﬃliations with Sunsum sorè.
Pentecostalism in context 35 to be of any relevance in Ghana. On the contrary, the fact that they have survived for almost two centuries bears testimony to the signiﬁcant role that these churches continue to play in the socio-religious history of Ghana. In the re-shaping of Christianity through the Pentecostal movement, we ﬁnd God doing something new. Indigenous Pentecostals emphasise the active presence of the Spirit in a way that one does not ﬁnd in the traditional mission church. Renewal has its source in the activity of God’s Spirit.
Conco, ‘The African Bantu. A. Ademuwagun et al. ), African Therapeutic Systems (Waltham, MA: Crossroads Press, for African Studies Association, 1979), 72. prophetism and renewal 43 ing is also evident in Western mission theology, but not so with the Sunsum sorè who, by contrast, take seriously belief in the power of witches, evil spirits and other mystical agents of sickness. Evidence of this shared attitude lies in the recognition of the potency of herbal medicines and their subsequent incorporation into Christian healing.
African Charismatics: Current Developments Within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism In Ghana (Studies of Religion in Africa) by Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu