Developing Pastoral Missiology within the Ghanaian Pentecostal/Charismatic Context

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The missio Dei denotes God as both the originator and source of mission. He is the one carrying out his mission in the world, and the church is called to participate in this mission. Therefore, both the identity and mission of the church are located in the missio Dei.

Pastors and church leaders are called to lead and cultivate their congregations in pursuit of the missio Dei. This dissertation draws on an ecclesiology based on the missio Dei to argue for pastoral missiology—that is, an approach to ministry where pastors and church leaders inspire, equip, empower, and lead their congregations in fulfilling their missional callings both to their contexts and to the rest of the world.

This dissertation takes a contextualized approach by critically analyzing the African traditional religious context, praxis of some Ghanaian Pentecostal/charismatic churches, and leadership within the Ghanaian cultural context. Two churches within Victory Bible Church International were used as case-study churches for an in-depth analysis. Integrating the thoughts and findings from the pastoral missiology model, contextual studies, and field research, a training model was developed to help raise and equip pastors who can lead their churches to embrace and live out their missional calling.

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Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)

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Shenk, Wilbert

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Pastoral missiology, Missional leadership, Missional ecclesiology, African Christianity, African Pentecostalism and Chrismatism, Leadership, Christian leadership, Missions


Missions and World Christianity


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