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

H. Jurgens Hendriks, Lukas Soko

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.

Keywords


Reformed Church in Zambia;SchismPentecostalism;Church leadership in Africa;Church conflict;The Bible Gospel Church in Africa;Identity;Gereformeerde Kerk in Zambië;Kerkskeuring;Pentekostalisme;Kerklike leierskap in Afrika;Kerklike konflik

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

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