Roundtable

Pentecostalism and Development Practice

Authors

  • Jörg Haustein SOAS, University of London
  • Carole Rakodi University of Birmingham
  • Daniel Akhazemea Christ the Redeemer College and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, London
  • Mike Battcock UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Rick James International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)
  • Claudia Währisch-Oblau United Evangelical Mission

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/ptcs.v14i2.27220

Keywords:

Pentecostal, Development, Religion

Abstract

This article revisits central questions arising from Pentecostal actors’ development practices. These were raised during the final panel discussion of the 2014 GloPent conference on “Pentecostalism and Development”. The four panel participants, all development actors from various organisational and religious backgrounds, considered whether Pentecostal approaches to development work are distinctive, as well as identifying various benefits that can be gained from the engagement of Pentecostal churches in development and some challenges that arise during collaboration between development actors and Pentecostal churches. The discussion was conducted through two rounds of statements by the panel participants, complemented by editorial comments and reflections. It concludes that neither the Pentecostal approach to development nor Pentecostal churches’ links with development actors are necessarily distinctive. However, more exchanges are needed between Pentecostal organisations and their members, development practitioners working with Pentecostal churches and scholars of the Pentecostal movement to improve development work among Pentecostals, links between Pentecostals and other development actors and scholarly awareness of the most salient issues.

Author Biographies

Daniel Akhazemea, Christ the Redeemer College and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, London

Daniel Akhazemea is principal of Christ the Redeemer College and pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in London, one of the largest migrant churches in the UK, which is engaged in development and social activities, in both Nigeria and the UK.

Mike Battcock, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Mike Battcock is from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), who worked on developing a set of “Faith Partnership Principles” to underpin collaboration between DFID and faith groups.

Rick James, International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC)

Rick James is of the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) in Oxford, who has worked in NGO consulting for more than 20 years and has collected a large corpus of first and second hand experience in development work with Pentecostals.

Claudia Währisch-Oblau, United Evangelical Mission

Claudia Währisch-Oblau is of the United Evangelical Mission, Germany, a communion of different Protestant churches in Africa, Asia and Europe, which is active in contexts where Pentecostal/Charismatic practices and issues of development often overlap.

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Published

2015-08-04

How to Cite

Haustein, J., Rakodi, C., Akhazemea, D., Battcock, M., James, R., & Währisch-Oblau, C. (2015). Roundtable: Pentecostalism and Development Practice. PentecoStudies, 14(2), 241-260. https://doi.org/10.1558/ptcs.v14i2.27220

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