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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versión On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versión impresa ISSN 1017-0499


WHITE, Peter  y  NTSIFUL, John. A revisit of the ministerial concept of lay and full-time ministers in classical Pentecostal churches in Ghana and its missional implications. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2412-4265.

In their article "Pentecostal Mission Approaches" White and Niemandt (2015, 241269) make a case for how some Pentecostal Churches in Ghana have made good use of lay/tent ministry in their missionary agenda. However, among the Classical Pentecostal Churches in Ghana, lay ministers are not recognised as full-time ministers of the church. The understanding of these churches is that the lay/tent ministers by their definition do not operate in the five-fold ministry. In some of the churches, they are not accredited by the church to be part of their General Ministerial Council Meetings and the Annual General Meetings. Unlike the mainline churches, the lay or tent ministers in the Classical Pentecostal Churches in Ghana are also not allowed to vote or to be recommended for Executive Council positions. These issues therefore make it essential to investigate the historical and theological understanding of the concept of the lay and full-time ministers in church history, Ghanaian Pentecostals' view of the concept, as well as the missional importance of lay ministries in the church and the missio Dei.

Palabras clave : Minister; lay minister; full-time minister; mission; Pentecostal Churches in Ghana.

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