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Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe : An Historical Study of African Churches in Europe [Kindle Edition]

Israel Olofinjana
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There has been a recent shift in global Christianity from North to South. Christianity, particularly Pentecostalism, is growing day by day in the continents of Africa, Latin America and Asia whereas it is declining in the Western world. Africans are now bringing the Gospel back to Europe and other parts of the world. This reverse in missions has been a recent phenomenon and is the subject of this book.
This book documents the history and contributions of European missions in Africa. It then chronicles the history and development of African Churches in Europe, focussing on the UK. It is passionately articulated that these Churches are certainly contributing positively to global and local Christianity. The historical development of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) is documented to illustrate the impact African Churches are making in Europe. It is a book that is valuable to people interested in African Churches in the UK.

“The presence of so many vigorous and committed black churches is one of the bright spots on the horizon of churches in the UK. This work is a pioneering contribution to understanding where these churches are coming from, how they understand their mission in and to the UK and how they are likely to shape the future of Christianity inthese islands. It is very welcome.”
Dr Nigel Wright, Principal of Spurgeon’s College, London
“Rev Israel has produced a winning combination of research, history and practical theology with this wonderful piece. I believe it is essential reading for every leader who is serious about contemporary cross cultural ministry and mission in 21st century Britain.” Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Convener Global Day of Prayer, London

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Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is from South-western Nigeria and lived there for 26 years before relocating to the UK. He is an insider coming from a Pentecostal background and was actively involved in a Pentecostal Church in Ibadan, Nigeria for a period of 9 years. During his undergraduate days at the University of Ibadan he was involved in the Ibadan Varsity Christian Union (IVCU) which is renowned for its Evangelical heritage. Israel is now part of Brockley Churches Together, a local ecumenical initiative in South East London. He is also involved with Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP), a prayer movement that embraces different denominations and racial backgrounds.
He holds a Certificate in Ministry from Grace Bible Institute, Ibadan, Nigeria, has a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from South London Christian College. His research interests include Church History (African Pentecostal History), Biblical hermeneutics and Christian Apologetics. He has presented papers and published articles on African Churches in Europe. Israel is an Ordained and Accredited Baptist minister and co-pastors Crofton Park Baptist Church, a multicultural Church in South-East London. He is happily married to Lucy Olofinjana.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449095496
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (21 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UH3IRI
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Rev Israel Olofinjana's book should have been an important one. The subject it discusses is certainly an important one - the history and ecclesiology of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in England. However, it fails on a number of levels. The first is that the subject seems to be treated like the subject of an undergraduate disertation. There is a great deal of food for thought, but much of it is left unexplored. There are also a number of unsupported suppositions which speak more of Olofinjana's own personal theology than they do of proper theological, historical or sociological method. Finally, the book is far too short for its price. The book (excluding bibliography and glossary is only 74 pages long, much of which is taken up with long biographical lists which add little to the text).

On the plus side, Olofinjana's book offers an interesting and readable introduction to the MBCs, their history and how they have become a part of the Church scene in England. This is an important area of work, as someone who works and worships in an area of London which has a high percentage of first generation west African immigrants, BMCs are an important part of the life of the Church. How congregation members interact (and utilise) the services provided by both the historical Churches and BMCs is an interesting area of study. However, Olofinjana only gives this area a cursory overview. Which to my mind is one of the principal failings of the text.

Theologically the book focuses on how BMCs differ from the hitorical Churches, emphasising such areas as a "prosperity gospel" reading of the Christian message, linking this to Liberation Theology and liberation struggles (a unsuported quantum jump I can see no reason to support).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read 2 Nov. 2013
This is a thoughtful and interesting exploration of the phenomena that is the growth of black-led churches in Europe, with a focus on the UK in particular. Well written and engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Appraisal 12 Jan. 2011
Olofinjana has written an excellent overview and appraisal of the status of African churches in Britain and Europe. This is an excellent 'must-read' for anyone interested in what is happening on the missional scene as cultures clash and cross-over in a frenetic effort to affect the globe with the Christian gospel. You will be blessed by the indepth section on the history of some of the African churches and their leaders.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective 6 May 2011
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I found this work by Israel Olofinjana very informative and strategic. It's focus is clear in the sense of bringing a fresh perspective on the impact of African Spirituality in the context of church growth in England.

Brilliant research considering the limited amount of written material available on African Christian Leaders.

However,I wish more was written on how African Ministers in the U.K can engage more (in terms of Missions) with the British populace in an integrative way which in my opinion, is more reflective of the 'whole gospel'
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent expose 12 Jun. 2010
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This book by Israel Olofinjana is an excellent unveiling on the state of ministry and missions in Europe with specific focus on Great Britain as spearheaded by African leaders. I recommend this as a 'must-read' for those interested in understanding the spiritual state of Europe, the missional impact of black Africans in recent years and how the Church can move forward.
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