Towards African British Theologies
Introducing an emerging academic field known as African British Theologies, this publication explores the significant presence of African Christianity in Britain. Featuring contributions from twelve scholarly African pastors engaged in ministry and theology in Britain, this book is a unique expression of theology from African Christians, contextualizing the gospel for a multicultural British society.
Under three key areas of missiology, contextual constructive theology and transformative practical theology the contributors interact with topics such as reverse missiology, African pneumatology, prosperity gospel, and urban mission. This book rigorously examines new contexts of Christianity and articulates new theological perspectives that are required to understand twenty-first-century ministry, not only in urban Britain, but also across the world.
The migration to the West of large numbers of African Christians has the potential for hugely important developments within Western Christianity in the twenty-first century. This book is full of insights into both these factors, and provides plenty of food for thought.
Andrew F. Walls, PhD
This volume edited by Olofinjana pushes the scholarship on African theology forward in new and exciting directions. While much research to date has focused on theology in the context of the African continent, Olofinjana argues that diasporic African identity – especially in the UK, his own area of particular focus – needs to be taken more seriously in its own right as a distinctive milieu of theological reflection.
Joel Cabrita, PhD
Lecturer in World Christianities, Faculty of Divinity,
University of Cambridge
This is an excellent collection of reflections and case studies by scholar-practitioners who have lived and thought deeply into the cross-cultural and cross-national positioning of African Christianity. The volume provides a unique window into African immigrant churches, especially within the United Kingdom, offering ethnographic and analytical insights that add richly to what is among the most strategic fields of inquiry within contemporary church studies.
R. Drew Smith, PhD
Professor of Urban Ministry,
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
This is an important book on the journey towards developing African theologies in Britain. A variety of insider African voices alert us to what it means to be an African Christian in Britain today. They also offer us insights into howAfrican Christians can effectively engage with contemporary British culture as well as posing missiological challenges to white British churches.
Cathy Ross, PhD
Contextual Theology MTh Director,
Ripon College Cuddesdon
African-led churches are becoming increasingly important in Britain where they are growing at a time when mainstream churches are in decline. African Voices is a welcome addition to the growing literature on African Christianity in Britain. . . [and] will be of interest not only to African Christians in Britain but also to indigenous British churches, enabling a better understanding of African Christian presence in the West.
Richard Burgess, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Ministerial Theology,
University of Roehampton
This volume is ground-breaking and will surely be established as a benchmark for theologians and practitioners all over the UK and Africa examining the growing and deepening impact of the African diaspora in theological education and church leadership. It will surely provide inspiration for successive generations of theologians, pastors and students of theology and mission. All who read it will be informed, challenged and instructed.
Rev Joe M. Kapolyo
Edmonton Baptist Church, London
This volume succeeds in providing an opportunity for African scholars to share their unique perspectives and insights on an African brand of theology. This initiative allows for deeper understanding and appreciationof the extensiveness of research being done by African Christians in the field of theology. I warmly commend this book.
Deji Isaac Ayegboyin, PhD
Head of Department of Religious Studies,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Table of Contents
- 1 Introduction: Towards African Theology in Britain
- Israel Oluwole Olofinjana
- Part I: Missiological Themes: Reverse Mission, Migration and Contested Spaces
- 2 Missio Dei and African Mission: Towards Reverse Missiology
- Israel Oluwole Olofinjana
- 3 A Biblical and Historical Theology of Mission: Reflections on the Flip Side of “Reverse Mission”
- Paul Nzacahayo
- 4 Church-Planting Considerations for African Reverse Missionaries in Britain in the Postmodern Era
- Anderson Moyo
- 5 African-Led Pentecostal Churches in London: Sacralizing Urban Space, Politics of Religious Networking and Creativity
- Babatunde Adedibu
- Part II: Contextual Constructive Theology: Charting Emergent Theologies
- 6 Pneumatology, Mission and African Christianity in the West
- Harvey Kwiyani
- 7 The Portrait of Jesus Christ in African Christianity: Elements of a Biblical and Relevant Christology in the Ghanaian Context
- Philip Lutterodt
- 8 The Shaping of African Pneumatology
- Chigor Chike
- 9 Imported Christianity: Spirit Beliefs and Practices of a Second-Generation Diaspora Church: Church of Pentecost UK
- Caleb Nyanni
- Part III: Transformative Theology: African Practical Theologies
- 10 Let Us Work Together: Mission Partnership between Black African Diaspora Churches and White British Churches in the UK
- Valerie Nkechi Taiwo
- 11 The Impact of North American Neo-Pentecostal Pastoral Leaderships on Their African Counterparts in British Society in the Light of Prosperity Theology
- Eben B. Adu
- 12 “We Have a Voice!” A Study of the Experiences and Challenges Faced by Black Women in the London Baptist Association
- Michele Mahon
- 13 Deepening African Christianity: A Theological Self-Evaluation of African Church Growth
- Freddie Adorkorbidji
- List of Contributors