By Johnson Asamoah-Gyadu

This quantity examines Pentecostal/charismatic renewal in an African context. Ghanaian Pentecostalism in its sleek charismatic shape has develop into the main noticeable expression of renewal inside of indigenous Christianity. The publication first articulates the contribution of the older African initiated church buildings (AICs) to neighborhood Christianity arguing that, even with a gift decline, the AICs have left a permanent theological imprint on indigenous Christian expression. in addition, 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 recent Ghanaian charismatics--internationalism, transformation, prosperity, therapeutic and deliverance--provide helpful insights into the character of contemporary African Pentecostal spirituality.

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In October 1936 the Missionary Secretary of the Apostolic Church visited Asamankese to assess the Apostle Anim initiative, during which visit he promised to recommend that a missionary be sent to Ghana. In fulfilment of this promise, James McKeown arrived as the first resident missionary of the Apostolic Church in the then Gold Coast in 1937. The belief in and practice of ‘prevailing prayer’ survived the changes taking place within Anim’s group. Thus, when McKeown arrived, the group was still holding on tenaciously to their faith healing practices.

10 By articulating a Christian answer to people’s fears and anxieties, the Sunsum sorè managed to surmount this problem. Thus, in the mission churches Ghanaians had been searching in desperation for Christian solutions to the problems of suffering, evil and ill health, but in the Sunsum sorè the emphasis on faith healing and protection helped them to find the solution that has always been available in the traditional concept of healing. Indeed healing is an area in which the Sunsum sorè have distinguished themselves as churches whose spirituality is relevant to the needs of the indigenous context.

In fact some Ghanaian versions predate the Bennett experience by at least two decades. So, for example, when the first National Conference of renewal prayer groups existing within various Presbyterian Church of Ghana congregations was held in 1965, one of the groups from Kumasi was already 25 years old. Except for the Roman Catholic version where the expression ‘charismatic’ is retained, renewal movements in Ghanaian mainline churches are normally referred to as ‘prayer groups’. They are dedicated to renewal through the restoration of effective and fervent prayer and openness to the manifestations of Pentecostal phenomena.

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