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Local clergy speak during the groundbreaking of a new facility for the ECWA's Evangel Hospital in Jos, Nigeria. Some rights reserved by MikeBlyth.

The African mainstream

Well-behaved churches seldom make history. Over the past 50 years, fascination with the Christian upsurge in Africa has led many scholars to study new prophetic churches, with a heavy focus on those that draw on traditional African practices. Extraordinarily valuable accounts have been written about African independent churches, such as South Africa’s Shembe movement or the Zion Christian church or the Nigerian-founded Aladura congregations.


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