n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - "Hearing in our own tongues the wonderful works of God" : Pentecost, ecumenism and renewal in African Christianity

Volume 35, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



All Pentecostal churches begin as ecumenical revival movements. Pentecostals do not want to found new churches, but bring life to existing ones. Pentecostalism has blossomed in many parts of the world, including Africa, as an ecumenical enterprise. Its emphasis on the experience of the Spirit, lack of formal liturgical structures and versatile ecclesiology means that, where it is found, Pentecostalism is able to bring together people from across denominations. This paper describes the ecumenical orientation of African Pentecostalism, based on its history, mission and theological focus as observed in Ghana.

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