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 publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, inspite of a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. additionally, it bills for the increase of the recent autonomous church buildings, the charismatic ministries. those were proliferating around the West Africa sub-region because the overdue Seventies. as well as this, the publication explores how the emphases of the hot Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide beneficial insights into the character of contemporary African Pentecostal spirituality.
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In practice this ‘democratisation of ministry’ sounds truer of Ghanaian neo-Pentecostalism, particularly with respect to the emphasis placed on ‘every-member-ministry’, than of the other Pentecostals. In African religious movements the leader/founder, who is perceived to be a man or woman of sacred power, is held in awe and much religious activity may revolve around such persons. This tendency to defer to religious leadership is to some extent also present in sections of the Ghanaian neo-Pentecostal movement.
31 Peel, Aladura, 66–67. pentecostalism in context 25 In the face of these developments, Apostle Anim had established contact with Pastor Odubanjo of Nigeria, who had himself seceded from Faith Tabernacle, USA, and who was seeking aﬃliation with the UK Apostolic Church. In September 1931 Anim and two other members of his group were able to visit their brethren in Nigeria by joining some missionaries of the UK Apostolic Church, who were on a missionary journey to Nigeria via Accra. This contact was to prove decisive for Anim’s group.
Indigenous Pentecostal movements in Ghana have proliferated in three main waves, as follows. Sunsum Sorè The ﬁrst wave of Pentecostal Christianity in Ghana, the Sunsum sorè, began in spontaneous response to the meteoric rise and parallel activities of a number of African prophets whose magnetic personalities and campaigns of revival and renewal drew masses into Christianity. In Ghana, these great religious stirrings began in 1914 with the visit to the coastal town of Axim of the ‘Black Elijah’ of West Africa, the Liberian prophet, William Wadé Harris.
African Charismatics: Current Developments Within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism In Ghana (Studies of Religion in Africa) by Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu