Postmodernism, identity and mission continuity in the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe

Verbum et Ecclesia

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Title Postmodernism, identity and mission continuity in the Church of Christ in Zimbabwe
Creator Masengwe, Gift Chimhanda, Francisca H.
Subject Religion; Systematic Theology; Ecclesiology; Church of Christ in Zimbabwe; Somabhula Conference Centre; Lukuluba Community; African cultural hermeneutics approach; Christian identity; Christian mission; postmodernism
Description The Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (COCZ) is a Christian denomination with its own internal substance and purpose in life. However, postmodernist changes have affected the Church’s operation with religious, ethical and spiritual implications. The COCZ engaged in conference centre construction (at Somabhula, Gweru South, Zimbabwe), constitution making (adopted 2014) and further ministerial formation through university education. The study was conducted among the Lukuluba people of Somabhula using qualitative research methods. Activities among the Lukuluba people need to be done in critical review of the church’s ideological duty, discovery of the Lukuluba people’s religious consciousness and development of a contextual pedagogy that appeals to the people’s religious spirituality. The study found the need to review the modes of Lukuluba cultic practices of the Shona Mwari religion for purposes of attaining mission continuity within the community and being mindful of the need to continue in the founding identity of the COCZ.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Identity and mission continuity of the Church of Christ in contemporary Zimbabwean society relates to human creation, baptismal dignity and vocation as systematic theology has ecclesiological, soteriological, incarnational, existential, ecological, biblical, inculturational and missiological implications.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-12-07
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — structured story-telling - existential experience of the place
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ve.v41i1.1906
Source Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 41, No 1 (2020); 10 pages 2074-7705 1609-9982
Language eng
Coverage Zimbabwe Postmodern Zimbabwe African Shona Christian leaders, male, 35-65 years of age
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Gift Masengwe, Francisca H. Chimhanda