n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Informal Pentecostal : the emergence and growth of Pentecostal churches within Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi

Volume 35, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Following research among Pentecostal churches in one of Nairobi's informal settlements, this paper identifies a particular type of church emerging in these contexts, here described as informal Pentecostal. The distinctive nature of the churches is explored in their relationship to the informal economy and in contrast to mainline and Spiritual churches. The way they relate to both the flows of the rural urban continuum and the nature of informal settlements is examined, and attention is given to the message and ministry of the churches and their pastors within this context. Within a wider discussion of the social impact of Pentecostalism, the paper concludes by exploring the contribution of the churches to urban social transformation.

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