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Migration from Historic Mission Churches to Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in Ghana

Emmanuel K. Sarbah, Cornelius Niemandt, Peter White
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 41, No 1 | a2124 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v41i1.2124 | © 2020 Emmanuel K. Sarbah, Nelus Niemandt, Peter White | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 June 2020 | Published: 02 December 2020

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Emmanuel K. Sarbah, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Cornelius Niemandt, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Peter White, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The advent of Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches (PCCs) in Ghana since the early 20th century has significantly impacted its religious landscape. Migration of members from the Church has become a great source of worry for the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), a Historic Mission Church which is 191 years old with less than one million members. This article discusses factors for migration of members from Historic Mission Churches (HMCs) to PCCs with reference to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG). This requires that Historic Mission Churches should train laity to become the active components of the Church. Also, baptismal candidates should be given the option to choose the type of baptism they prefer to resolve the issue of members migrating to PCCs to seek baptism or rebaptism by immersion.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The article contributes to the interdisciplinary dialogue on mission and church growth, with emphasis on migration. It provides missiological implication and reflection on the missional vocation of the church.


Keywords

Historic Mission Churches; Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches; African Initiated Churches; push and pull factors; migration; biological; pastoral; laity

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