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A missiological study of Pentecostal churches in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya

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dc.contributor.advisor Mugambi, J. N. Kanyua (Jesse Ndwiga Kanyua) en
dc.contributor.advisor Van Schalkwyk, Annaletta en Smith, Colin Graham en 2009-08-25T10:44:34Z 2009-08-25T10:44:34Z 2009-08-25T10:44:34Z 2007-02-28 en
dc.identifier.citation Smith, Colin Graham (2009) A missiological study of Pentecostal churches in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract East Africa, with Nairobi at its hub, is currently experiencing unprecedented rates of urban population growth. Much of this growth is absorbed into informal settlements which, in the case of Nairobi, house over 55% of the city's population. The largest of these settlements is Kibera with a population totaling approximately 700,000. The thesis focuses on Pentecostal churches in Gatwikera, one of the twelve urban villages which together make up Kibera. It is argued that what is emerging within these communities is a distinctive type of church which is defined as informal Pentecostal. Consideration is given to why mainline churches appear to struggle within the informal sector while these churches appear to thrive. The explanation for this is given in the way the Pentecostal churches emerge along the same lines as the informal economy. The thesis sets out to identify the distinctive nature of the churches and the way in which they exemplify a different form of Christian presence in the settlements to that of mainline churches and Roho churches. The study offers an analysis of their ministry and their pastors and considers their relationship to the flows of the rural urban continuum and the liminality of informal settlements. The study seeks to identify the contribution these churches make to mission within the community particularly looking at their role in social transformation. It concludes that while the churches provide an important Christian presence within the community and social capital to enable people to better survive and retain hope within the settlements they offer little towards the much needed social transformation within the settlements. It is further argued that for this to be achieved, attention needs to be given to the development of appropriate forms of training and the facilitation of higher degrees of networking and collaboration. The thesis is structured around the pastoral cycle which forms both the theoretical framework and the research methodology. The suitability of the pastoral cycle as a research method is explored within the thesis. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (285 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Charismatic churches en
dc.subject Informal settlements en
dc.subject Missiology en
dc.subject Pastoral Cycle en
dc.subject Pentecostal Churches en
dc.subject Praxis en
dc.subject Transformation en
dc.subject.ddc 266.9467625
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostal churches -- Missions -- Kenya -- Nairobi
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostalism -- Missions -- Kenya -- Nairobi
dc.subject.lcsh Missions -- Kenya -- Nairobi
dc.subject.lcsh Church work with the poor -- Kenya -- Nairobi
dc.title A missiological study of Pentecostal churches in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology en D.Th. (Missiology) en

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