Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

Centenary of Pentecostalism in Ghana (1917–2017): A case study of Christ Apostolic Church International

Peter White
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5185 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5185 | © 2019 Peter White | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2018 | Published: 31 January 2019

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Peter White, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Centenary celebrations in every organisation are approached with joy and reflection of the past, present, impact on society and planning for the years ahead. The Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI), which is acknowledged by Ghanaian Pentecostals as the mother of Pentecostalism, celebrated its Centenary of Pentecostalism in 2017. Having come this far and being acknowledged as the pioneer of classical Pentecostalism in Ghana, it is very important that issues concerning the church, its leadership and impact on society are discussed and properly recorded for future reference. Although some Ghanaian Pentecostal scholars did their best to document some aspects of history of CACI, their focus was limited to the early history of the church and the ministry of Apostle Peter Newman Anim. This article contributes to the existing missional and historical literature on CACI by bringing on board some of the historical gaps. This article also discusses the miraculous dispensation in CACI, their leadership and administrative structure, their growth and challenges as well as their religio-social and economic impact in Ghana.

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Pentecostalism; Christ Apostolic Church; Mission; Ghana

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