Pentecostalism & schisms in the Reformed Church in Zambia 1996-2001; evidence from documentary sources

Authors

  • HJ Hendriks Stellenbosch University
  • L Soko Stellenbosch University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5952/52-1-10

Keywords:

Reformed Church in Zambia, Schism Pentecostalism, Church leadership in Africa, Church conflict, The Bible Gospel Church in Africa

Abstract

This article is descriptive in nature and a practical theological assessment of the schisms that took place in the Reformed Church in Zambia (RCZ) between 1996 and 2001. It analyzes the available documents to find an answer to the question why it happened. Pentecostal/charismatic tendencies have challenged the long inherited tradition of mainline churches in general and the RCZ in particular. Subsequently, Pentecostal/charismatic movements have caused intense conflict in the church between the pro-conservatives and pro-Pentecostals. In the RCZ this led to the formation of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in 1999 and the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) in 2001.

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Published

2011-09-29

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Articles • Artikels