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Pentecostalism and migration: A contextual study of the migrant Ghanaian Classical Pentecostal churches in South Africa

Peter White
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6318 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6318 | © 2021 Peter White | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 August 2020 | Published: 10 February 2021

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Peter White, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa


Pentecostal phenomenon from history has always moved with migration. Reading Acts 1:8, Jesus linked the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the migration of his disciples and the gospel from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. Migration has become a worldwide, multi-directional phenomenon which is reshaping the Christian landscape. In this light, the article discussed Pentecostalism and migration by using two Ghanaian Classical Pentecostal churches in South Africa as a case study. The article looked at their history, leadership development, transfer of missionaries from Ghana and its implications, their concept of contextualisation as well as some of their impact in South Africa. The article submits that it is time for both churches to start thinking of decolonising their foreign mission churches by helping them have autonomous status.

Contribution: The article contributes to the on-going body of knowledge and research on migration with special emphasis on African classical Pentecostalism and migration. The study used Ghanaian Classical Pentecostal Churches in South Africa as a case study.


Pentecostalism; migration; South African churches; Ghanaian Classical Pentecostal Churches’ Mission


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