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Technologically changing African context and usage of Information Communication and Technology in churches: Towards discerning emerging identities in church practice (a case study of two Zimbabwean cities)

Vhumani Magezi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 2 | a2625 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i2.2625 | © 2015 Vhumani Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 January 2014 | Published: 05 June 2015

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Vhumani Magezi, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

The last decade has seen massive progress in technological advancement in Africa. Many pastors have embraced the use of technology in their religious and ministerial practices. Within such a context, it is necessary to understand the various identities of the African pastor emerging from responses to the use of technology. This article discusses technological use in churches, particularly focusing on the changing technological context of Africa. The article uses Zimbabwe as a case study to assess and determine technology use and the responsive emerging identities of pastors. Three identities of pastors arising from increased technological use in Zimbabwe have been discerned. The first identity is that of the pastor who is on a par with the world. He is a technology embracer and is as sophisticated as the congregational members. He is a networker and entrepreneur. The second identity is that of a pastor who is trailing society and technology. He is a cautious technology embracer and is a confused technology consumer. The third identity is that of a pastor in isolation. He is a technology objector, and is unconnected, ignorant and feels that God is somewhat an enemy of technology.

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church practice; ICT and identities in church practice; africa and ICT; Church and ICT

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