Understanding power struggles in the Pentecostal church government

This article highlights the power struggles that the Pentecostal church experiences in its church governance. These power struggles become very contentious to a point where members take each other to legal courts, which ends in multiple schisms that tarnish the image of the Pentecostal movement. Mos...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 74; no. 1; pp. 1 - 6
Main Authors: Matshobane, Mangaliso, Masango, Maake J
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Portuguese
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria AOSIS 04-23-2018
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Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa
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Summary: This article highlights the power struggles that the Pentecostal church experiences in its church governance. These power struggles become very contentious to a point where members take each other to legal courts, which ends in multiple schisms that tarnish the image of the Pentecostal movement. Most literature on church conflicts approach power struggles as caused by personality disorders. This article seeks to highlight a different approach where power struggles are more a result of structural factors than personal ones emanating from a hybrid nature of polity in the Pentecostal church and other structural factors of conflict like finances, education and leadership. Finally, an educational pastoral care methodology is proposed for this article.
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v74i1.4949