Adebayo, R. “Distinguishing between Religion and Spirituality: Listening to Teenagers within the (RCCG) Pentecostal Churches.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 39, no. 1 (2019): 79–94.
Adedibu, Babatunde A. “Mission out of Africa: The Case of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United Kingdom.” In The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present, edited by David Goodhew and Anthony-Paul Cooper, 44:Chapter 8, 18 pp. London: Routledge, 2018.
Adedibu, Babatunde A. “Missional History and the Growth of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United Kingdom (1988-2015).” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 36, no. 1 (April 2016): 80–93.
Adedibu, Babatunde A. “Sacralisation of the Social Space: A Study of the Trans-Border Expansion of the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.” HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 75, no. 2 (2019): 1–11.
AbstractUrban cities in the sub-Saharan Africa have witnessed unprecedented transformation because of the proliferation of religious orders within the social landscape. From Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon to Uganda, religious practitioners are actively involved in the spatial transformation through the construction of sacred spaces or prayer camps. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) typifies one of the several examples of African Pentecostal denominations with transnational status in 200 countries across the world with the hub of its international office situated at the Redemption Camp, Mowe, Nigeria. The sacralisation of forest areas spanning 1600 ha of land has redefined religious institutions such as RCCG as perhaps one of the largest owners of private estate in Nigeria. However, there seems to be an intentional replication of the Redemption Camp, Mowe across Nigeria as well as across the Atlantic as part of the RCCG missionary enterprise. This study aims to utilise the ethnography of the Redemption Camps in Nigeria and Floyd, Texas, United States. The theoretical framework of social worlds is employed to examine the dynamics of religious creativity, innovations, contextual challenges of place-making involved in creating Redemption Camps across borders by the leadership of RCCG through the appropriation of religious capital of its community of sentiments.
Adekola, Moses A. “The Redeemed Christian Church of God: A Study of an Indigenous Pentecostal Church in Nigeria.” PhD diss., Obafemi Awolowo University, 1989.
Aderibigbe, Ibigbolade S. “African Initiated Churches and African Immigrants in the United States: A Model in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, North America (RCCGNA).” In Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe and Carolyn M. Jones Medine, 241–58. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. doi.org/10.1057/9781137498052_19.
Adogame, Afeosemime U. “A Walk for Africa: Combating the Demon of HIV/AIDS in an African Pentecostal Church: The Case of Redeemed Christian Church of God.” Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in Southern Africa 89, no. 1 (2005): 396–405.
Adogame, Afeosemime U. “African Initiated Churches in the Diaspora.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, edited by Elias K. Bongmba, 310–22. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. doi.org/10.1002/9781118255513.ch21.
AbstractInternational and African discourses on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and intervention neglect the role of religion and religious organizations. Social science perspectives in tackling health and disease neglect religious doctrines and faith central to worldviews and praxis of religious groups. Both aspects are important for religious groups and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Informed by a religious studies paradigm and through the religious ethnography of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria and the Diaspora, this article demonstrates mechanisms employed by African Pentecostals to combat the epidemic and provide support for infected members. The RCCG conceptualization of disease and healing is central to understanding responses and measures in combating HIV/AIDS.
Adogame, Afeosemime U. “Raising Champions, Taking Territories: African Churches and the Mapping of New Religious Landscapes in Diaspora.” In The African Diaspora and the Study of Religion, 17–34. New York, 2007.
Adogame, Afeosemime U. “The Redeemed Christian Church of God: African Pentecostalism.” In Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service, edited by Stephen M. Cherry and Helen R. Ebaugh, 35–60. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2014.
AbstractThe last three decades have witnessed a rapid proliferation of African Christian communities, particularly in Europe and North American diaspora, thus resulting in the remapping of old religious landscapes. This migratory trend and development bring to the fore the crucial role, functions and import of religious symbolic systems in new geo-cultural contexts. The trans-national linkages between African-led churches in the countries of origin (Africa) and the "host" societies are assuming increasing importance for African immigrants. The links and networks that are established and maintained between these contexts are of immense religious, cultural, economic, political and social importance. This suggests how African Christianities can be understood within processes of religious transnationalism and African modernity.Based on extensive religious ethnography undertaken by the author among African Christian communities in Europe, the USA and Africa in the last 17 years, this book maps and describes the incipience and consolidation of new brands of African Christianities in diaspora. The book demonstrates how African Christianities are negotiating and assimilating notions of the global while maintaining their local identities.
Aiyedogbon, Kola. “The Challenges of Missionary Training for a Global Context in the 21st Century: A Case Study of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.” M. Div. Thesis, Regent University, 2010.
Babatunde, Kolawole. “Genesis: Origin of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.” In Trees Clap Their Hands: A Photobook on The Redeemed Christian Church of God, edited by Olusegun Bankole, 18–26. Lagos: El-Shalom Publishers, 1999.
Burgess, Richard H., Kim E. Knibbe, and Anna D. Quaas. “Nigerian-Initiated Pentecostal Churches as a Social Force in Europe: The Case of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.” PentecoStudies 9, no. 1 (April 2010): 97–121.
Burgess, Richard. “African Pentecostal Growth: The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Britain.” In Church Growth in Britain: 1980 to the Present, edited by David Goodhew, 107–26. Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.
Burgess, Richard. “African Pentecostal Spirituality and Civic Engagement: The Case of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Britain.” Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education 30, no. 3 (December 2009): 255–73.
AbstractAfrican Pentecostal churches are becoming increasingly important in Britain where they are growing at a time when mainstream Christianity is in decline. Originally functioning as social and religious support networks for African migrants, their growth has been stimulated by a conscious missionary agenda. Recently, there has been a shift towards a more holistic understanding of mission in some African churches, which includes social ministry and political action. The focus of this article is the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), a transnational Nigerian Pentecostal denomination with close to 400 congregations in Britain. It suggests that the RCCG's social orientation has been influenced by its internal theology, its Pentecostal experience and its external social context. It explores the way it has articulated and implemented its social vision in a multicultural and fragmented society.
Burgess, Richard. “Crisis and Renewal: Civil War Revival and the New Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria’s Igboland.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 24, no. 2 (Autumn 2002): 205–24.
AbstractDiscusses the origins and progress of the Pentecostal movement among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. Factors that contributed to the conversion of the Igbo to Christianity; Significance of the Civil War to the development of the religious revival; Details of revival message and strategies used for preaching.
Burgess, Richard. “Freedom from the Past and Faith for the Future.” PentecoStudies 7, no. 2 (2008): 29–63.
Coleman, S. “Morality, Markets, and the Gospel of Prosperity.” In Religion and the Morality of the Market, edited by Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella, 50–71. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2017. doi.org/10.1017/9781316888704.003.
Knibbe, Kim E. “Conflicting Futures, Entangled Pasts: Nigerian Missionaries in a Post-Secular Europe?” PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 18, no. 2 (2019): 133–54.
AbstractAfter an explosion of conversions to Pentecostalism over the past three decades, tens of millions of Nigerians now claim that “Jesus is the answer.” But if Jesus is the answer, what is the question? What led to the movement’s dramatic rise and how can we make sense of its social and political significance? In this ambitiously interdisciplinary study, Ruth Marshall draws on years of fieldwork and grapples with a host of important thinkers—including Foucault, Agamben, Arendt, and Benjamin—to answer these questions. To account for the movement’s success, Marshall explores how Pentecostalism presents the experience of being born again as a chance for Nigerians to realize the promises of political and religious salvation made during the colonial and postcolonial eras. Her astute analysis of this religious trend sheds light on Nigeria’s contemporary politics, postcolonial statecraft, and the everyday struggles of ordinary citizens coping with poverty, corruption, and inequality. Pentecostalism’s rise is truly global, and Political Spiritualities persuasively argues that Nigeria is a key case in this phenomenon while calling for new ways of thinking about the place of religion in contemporary politics.
Openshaw, K. “‘Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever’: Faith Memory, Crisis and How Reborn Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Make Home in Ireland.” In Memory and Recovery in Times of Crisis, edited by Fiona Larkan and Fiona Murphy, 79–96. London; New York: Routledge, 2017.
Ukah, Asonzeh F. K. “Contesting God: Nigerian Pentecostals and Their Relations with Islam and Muslims.” In Global Pentecostalism: Encounters with Other Religious Traditions, edited by David Westerlund, 93–114. London: I. B. Taurus & Co, 2009.
Ukah, Asonzeh F. K. “Mobilities, Migration and Multiplication : The Expansion of the Religious Field of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria.” In Religion in the Context of African Migration, edited by Afeosemime U. Adogame and Cordula Weissköppel, 317–41. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2005.
AbstractThis study documents the history and growth of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). The RCCG is a pentecostal church in Nigeria, established in 1952, but was little known until the 1990s when it came into national prominence. It was founded by Josiah Akindayomi who was converted form Yoruba religion into the Church Missionary Society (CMS). He left the CMS to join the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S), one of the emerging African Independent Churches (AICs). From here, he founded his own independent church which in subsequent years developed into a pentecostal church. The RCCG is one of many pentecostal churches existing in Nigeria. Although some research exists on Nigerian Pentecostalism, there is almost nothing on the RCCG. The present study presents a case study which deals with Pentecostalism in Nigeria and tries to relate it to globalisation discourse. It is the first such study from Africa. Its contribution is in providing a case study on a religious group that also relates to contemporary processes which, some scholars have argued, have side-stepped Africa (Brouwer et al. 1996; Gifford 1998; 2001; Cooper 2001). It builds on, and follows the scholarly tradition of Peel (1968; 2000); Hackett (1987; 1989); Marshall-Fratani (1998). These scholars have worked on the Nigerian religious sphere by combining History of Religions and social scientific approaches. The study is made up of three parts. Part one is composed of the historical section comprising chapters 2 and 3 which includes the biographies of the founder of RCCG and his successor. Part two is the descriptive section which is made up of chapters 4, 5 and 6. This section focuses on organisational structure, institutions, doctrines and rituals of the RCCG. Chapter 4 presents the organisational structure of the church at the present period. It also discusses some of the para-church groups, schools, media use, finance and the place of women in the church. Chapter 5 examines the belief system while chapter 6 presents the ritual activities of the church. Part 3, which consists of chapter 7, is the theoretical reflection on our case study. While the RCCG has grown by reinterpreting its doctrines in line with local social, economic, political and cultural situation, part of its appeal to a broad spectrum of people, groups and organisations is its marketing strategies as well as its relationship with global economic players such as Coca-Cola company, Procter and Gamble, a wide range of manufacturing companies, banks and other financial institutions which provide scarce human and economic resources for the churchs social, religious, economic and political mobilisation in Nigeria. Die Studie dokumentiert die Entstehung und Entwicklung der Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Die RCCG ist eine pentekostale Kirche in Nigeria. Sie wurde 1952 gegründet, war aber recht unbekannt, bis sie in den 1990er Jahren nationale Berühmtheit erlangte. Sie wurde von Josiah Akindayomi gegründet, der von der Religion der Yoruba zur Church Missionary Society (CMS) konvertierte. Er verließ die CMS, um sich der Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Bewegung, einer der afrikanischen unabhängigen Kirchen (African Independent Churches, AIC), anzuschließen. Vor diesem Hintergrund gründete er seine eigene unabhängige Kirche, die sich in den nachfolgenden Jahren zu einer pentekostalen Kirche entwickelte. Die RCCG ist eine von vielen in Nigeria existierenden pentekostalen Kirchen. Es wurde zwar schon viel zum nigerianischen Pfingstkirchentum geforscht, zur RCCG liegt jedoch fast nichts vor. Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt eine Fallstudie vor, die mit dem Pfingstkirchentum in Nigeria befasst ist und versucht, dieses mit dem Globalisierungsdiskurs in Beziehung zu setzen. Es ist die erste Studie dieser Art über ein Beispiel aus Afrika. Ihr Beitrag liegt darin, eine Fallstudie über eine religiöse Gruppe zu präsentieren, die an gegenwärtige Prozesse anknüpft, von denen manche Wissenschaftler behauptet haben, dass sie Afrika umgangen hätten (Brouwer et al. 1996; Gifford 1998; 2001; Cooper 2001). Sie baut auf der wissenschaftlichen Tradition von Peel (1968; 2000), Hackett (1987; 1989) und Marshall-Fratani (1998) auf und setzt diese fort. Diese Forscher verwenden in ihren Arbeiten zu den nigerianischen Religionen eine Kombination von religionshistorischen und sozialwissenschaftlichen Ansätzen. Die Arbeit besteht aus drei Teilen. Der erste Teil bietet eine allgemeine Einleitung, in der der historische Kontext, die Forschungsgeschichte, die Fragestellung und der methodische Ansatz dargestellt werden. Der zweite, umfangreichste Teil bietet zunächst einen historischen Abschnitt (Kapitel 2 und 3), der die Biographien des Gründers der RCCG und seines Nachfolgers enthält. Der zweite Abschnitt (Kapitel 4-6) ist deskriptiv und konzentriert sich auf die Organisationsstruktur, Einrichtungen, Lehrsätze und Rituale der RCCG. In Kapitel 4 wird die Organisationsstruktur der Kirche zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt vorgestellt. Einige der para-kirchlichen Gruppen, die Schulen, die Verwendung von Medien, die Finanzen und die Stellung von Frauen in der Kirche werden ebenfalls diskutiert. In Kapitel 5 wird das Glaubenssystem untersucht, während in Kapitel 6 die rituellen Aktivitäten der Kirche dargestellt werden. Der dritte Teil, der aus Kapitel 7 besteht, enthält die theoretische Reflexion über unsere Fallstudie.
Vähäkangas, Mika. “The Prosperity Gospel in the African Diaspora: Unethical Theology or Gospel in Context.” Exchange 44, no. 4 (2015): 353–80.
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