WAVE OF PENTECOSTALISM AND NEO-PENTECOSTALISM IN NIGERIAN CHURCH: IMPLICATIONS/LESSONS FOR THE EDUCATION OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS

  • Ejie Victor Chukwubuike
  • Ignatius Nnaemeka Onwuatuegwu
Keywords: Pentecostalism, neo-pentecostalism, Nigerian church, positive and negative elements, implications

Abstract

The Church everywhere and at all times, must of necessity constantly seek to find ways and means of making the Gospel message more relevant and credible. The Pentecostals and NeoPentecostals in Nigeria appear to be proclaiming a message that seems attractive even if incredible to our people. A question that naturally suggests itself here is: What is the secret behind their seeming success and what lesson/lessons can the Clergy, Religious and Seminarians learn from them? It should be acknowledged that the Catholic Church does not reject anything that is true and sacred, even within non-Christian religions. In fact, Catholics are required to acknowledge, protect, and encourage all the positive aspects, both spiritual and moral, as well as socio-cultural values, that they encounter in their communities. Nevertheless, it is the wish of the study to discuss wave of Pentecostalism and Neo-Pentecostalism in Nigerian Church, drawing their implications/lessons for the Clergy, Religious and Seminarians and how it could stimulate renewal in the Church for a greater pastoral efficacy.

Published
2023-07-01
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Articles