Piety and profit : accounting for money in West African Pentecostalism (Part 1)

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dc.contributor.author Ukah, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-13T05:01:45Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-13T05:01:45Z
dc.date.issued 2007-09
dc.description.abstract The study of mobilisation and organisation of money in churches is not new : it is actually a staple of Western Christianity where documentation is a routine practice and openness is accepted as a norm of existence for most religious bodies. The issue of resource mobilisation within Pentecostalism in Africa is however a blind spot. This article is a new empirical investigation of pentecostal mobilisation and the organisation of money in West African Pentecostalism. It also focuses on selected churches in Cameroon and Nigeria in order to have a comparative perspective on the issue. It is concluded that the two focused churches in this article demonstrate different attitudes and behaviour towards money, its mobilisation and organisation. The need for deeper research on the dynamics and dialectics of faith and finance in African Pentecostalism is strongly emphasised. "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things", (Ecclesiastes 10:19; KJV). "The heads thereof judge for rewards, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the Lord among us?" (Micah 3:11; KJV). [M]oney is a concretised energy that burns hotter than even fire. The way it is understood and handled (used) has serious effects on the economy and life of the people. The level of the consciousness of the operators and participants in the [money] system determines the type of system that evolves and the performance of the system (Ekpenyong 2005:4). en
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dc.identifier.citation Ukah, A 2007, 'Piety and profit : accounting for money in West African Pentecostalism (Part 1)', Dutch Reformed Theological Journal / Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, vol. 48, no. 3 & 4, pp. 621-632. [http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_ngtt.html] en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/4090
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Teologiese Fakulteit, Universiteit van Stellenbosch en
dc.rights Teologiese Fakulteit, Universiteit van Stellenbosch en
dc.subject Piety en
dc.subject Profit en
dc.subject Money matters en
dc.subject Nigeria en
dc.subject Cameroon en
dc.subject Mobilisation en
dc.subject Organisation en
dc.subject Faith and Finance en
dc.subject Resources en
dc.subject Empirical investigation en
dc.subject.lcsh Money -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Money -- Biblical teaching en
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostal churches -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Church finance en
dc.title Piety and profit : accounting for money in West African Pentecostalism (Part 1) en
dc.type Article en


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