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Experts x-ray African Pentecostalism: Civic roles and corporate social responsibility(2)

IN his lead paper titled: “African Pentecostalism, civic role and social capital engineering”, a United Kingdom based historian of the University of Edinburgh and University of Bayreuth, Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Emmanuel Anim averred that in the face of dwindling economic and failing welfare systems, Pentecostal Churches are demonstrating increasing social relevance by redefining their public role in ways that complement basic religious-spiritual tasks.

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Experts x-ray African Pentecostalism: Civic roles and corporate social responsibility

THE Redeemed Christian Bible College, RCBC, the training wing of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, hosted a three-day annual International Conference on African Pentecostalism where experts from different parts of the continent agreed that, following the failure of governments in Africa, the Church is stepping in to positively impact the lives of people affected by societal ills such as poverty, illiteracy and loneliness.

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Church historian explains rise of pentecostalism

A co-editor of The Changing Faces of African Pentecostalism, Dr. Benson Ohihon Igboin, at the event, took time to explain the history of the Pentecost, saying: “you probably are aware of the ascension of Jesus Christ and the commandment that the apostles should wait at Jerusalem after which the 40 days after is ascension, the descend of the Holy Ghost upon the 120 apostles who were in the Upper Room praying.

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