Original Research

A socio-historical analysis of the sections in the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa from 1908 to the present

Mookgo S. Kgatle
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1668 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1668 | © 2017 Mookgo S. Kgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 2016 | Published: 26 July 2017

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Mookgo S. Kgatle, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The article presents a socio-historical analysis of the sections in the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of South Africa from 1908 to the present. In order to achieve this, the article studies the relationship between the South African social politics and the ecclesiastical politics. It demonstrates how the AFM got divided into sections. The sections are the white, mixed race, Indian and black sections. The four sections in the AFM were not equal in power and responsibilities. The white section of the church was the major and domineering section of the AFM. Although other sections like mixed race and Indian were also inferior to the white section, the black section was the most inferior and marginalised section. The article also studies how the divisions in the AFM were addressed and solved. The purpose is to demonstrate how the church that was once divided into sections according to racial groups was able to move into unity.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article makes a valuable scholarly contribution to the ongoing research on the history of the AFM in the field of church history. It juxtaposes church history with the problems facing society today like racial segregation and how such problems can be addressed and solved.


apostolic faith mission; black section; Indian section; white section; coloured section; marginalised community


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