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Title:'You Must Be Born-Again': The Pentecostalisation of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon
Author:Akoko, RobertISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:Presbyterian church
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000701396306
Abstract:A gradual process of Pentecostalization is taking place in the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, though the degree varies with congregations. In the large, urban Molyko congregation the new style takes the form of dancing and singing of Pentecostal choruses, house-to-house evangelism, the giving of testimonies, and spiritual healing. This development is coming from below and the authorities of the church, who had initially resisted it, are gradually giving in to the wish of the ordinary members. This may be linked to democratization processes. Two earliers attempts were made in the late 1970s and from the late 1980s to the 1990s by some of the leading figures of the church (Zacharias Fomum, Dr Bame Michael) to introduce Pentecostal practices but each met with strong resistance from the authorities. Both cases ended up in the formation of a new Pentecostal church, with the bulk of adherents being PCC converts. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]