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ISBN: 9781839738753
Imprint: Langham Academic
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 13
Publication Date: 31/01/2024
Pages: 234
Series: Studies in Missiology
Language: English

Christian Mission in a Diverse British Urban Context

Crossing the Racial Barrier to Reach Communities


In the globalized twenty-first century, there is greater need than ever for intercultural approaches to advancing the gospel in multicultural urban contexts. In this book, Dr. Johnson Ambrose Afrane-Twum explores the history of African immigrant churches in the UK. Examining the implications of black theology in the context of Britain’s multicultural landscape, he offers suggestions for how black-led churches can partner with white-majority churches for greater impact in urban ministry and evangelism. Such a partnership, he suggests, would enable both communities to challenge aspects of their respective cultures and theological approaches, recentring both on biblical truth. It would also provide a model of Christian mission built on mutual respect and love, transforming urban communities through an accessible and unifying gospel.

Author Bios

Johnson Ambrose Afrane-Twum

JOHNSON AMBROSE AFRANE-TWUM has a PhD in missiology from North-West University, South Africa, in cooperation with Greenwich School of Theology, UK, and an MA in missional leadership from University of Wales, UK. He is a postdoctoral researcher with North-West University, South Africa, and a senior minister with Freedom Christian Church, UK. He is also a co-founder and general overseer of Christian International Ministries, West Africa.


Research on how the church, both locally and institutionally, can engage across cultural and ethnic boundaries in all directions is vital to changing this profoundly unchristian reality. Rev. Dr. Afrane-Twum has done us a great service by presenting his research in this important book which will add real substance to our knowledge and wisdom about how best to be an intercultural church engaging in God’s mission in Britain.

Nigel Rooms, PhD
Partnership for Missional Church UK, Church Mission Society

In this work, Rev. Dr. Afrane-Twum offers insight into how the African immigrant churches need to develop a model of mission theology that transforms life and the necessity for them to collaborate with white majority churches. In exploring the latter, Rev. Dr. Afrane-Twum develops a form of intercultural ecumenism that could advance the course of the gospel in the UK. I would recommend this textbook to theological faculties and students who are interested in understanding African Christianity in the UK.

Israel Oluwole Olofinjana, PhD
Founding Director, Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World
Director, One People Commission Evangelical Alliance

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Chapter 1 Introduction
    1. 1.1. Problem Statement
    2. 1.2. Purpose of the Study
    3. 1.3. Central Theoretical Argument
    4. 1.4. Literature Review
    5. 1.5. Methodology
    6. 1.6. Ethical Considerations
    7. 1.7. Classification of Headings/Chapters
    8. 1.8. Concept Clarification
  6. Chapter 2 The History of the African Immigrant Churches in the UK
    1. 2.1. Introduction
    2. 2.2. The Migration Pattern of Immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa in the UK
    3. 2.3. How the African Immigrant Churches Emerged and Gained Landscape in the UK
    4. 2.4. Summary
  7. Chapter 3 Theological Analysis of the African Immigrant Churches in the UK
    1. 3.1. Introduction
    2. 3.2. Theology and its Contexts
    3. 3.3. Theologizing within the Multicultural Context of Britain
    4. 3.4. Developing a Biblical Theological Basis and Hermeneutics for the African Immigrant Churches in the UK
    5. 3.5. Summary
  8. Chapter 4 Findings and Implications
    1. 4.1. Introduction
    2. 4.2. Case Study Selection
    3. 4.3. History, Structure, Vision, and Practices of the Four Case Study Churches
    4. 4.4. Vision and Values
    5. 4.5. Summary
  9. Chapter 5 The African Immigrant Church and its Implications for Missio Dei
    1. 5.1. Introduction
    2. 5.2. The African Immigrant Church as an Instrument for God’s Mission to Britain
    3. 5.3. Missio Dei as a Basis for Unity in Diversity
    4. 5.4. Summary
  10. Chapter 6 Crossing the Racial Boundary to Reach non-Africans
    1. 6.1. Introduction
    2. 6.2. Causes of Disagreement among Christians
    3. 6.3. Sensitivity to Each Other’s Culture
    4. 6.4. Mission-Minded Leadership
    5. 6.5. The Church of Pentecost’s Experience in Cross-Cultural Ministry
    6. 6.6. Summary
  11. Chapter 7 A Model of Christian Mission
    1. 7.1. Introduction
    2. 7.2. Creating a Mission Rooted in God’s Divine Initiative
    3. 7.3. Servant Leadership
    4. 7.4. The African Immigrant Churches Regarding the Wider Community as Another Stage in their Mission to Britain
    5. 7.5. Practical Reflection on a Model of Christian Mission
    6. 7.6. Summary
  12. Chapter 8 Conclusions and Recommendations
    1. 8.1. Conclusions
    2. 8.2. Recommendations
  13. Bibliography