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A Moving Faith
Mega Churches Go South

  • Jonathan D. James - Adjunct Lecturer, School of Communication and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

© 2014 | 260 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

A Moving Faith captures the dynamic shift of Christianity to the South and portrays a global movement that promises prosperity, healing, empowerment, and gender equality by invoking neo-Pentecostal and Charismatic resources. It postulates that neither North America nor Europe is the current center of the Christian faith.

The book provides a detailed overview of how migration of Christians from the South enriches the North, for instance, Pope Francis brings newness, freshness, and the vigor characteristic of the South. While describing Christianity’s growth in the South, it suggests that, in fact, there is no center for this global faith. It explores this great move of Christianity by focusing on representative mega churches in South Korea, Brazil, Peru, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, India, and the Philippines.

 
 
List of Abbreviations
Virginia Garrard-Burnett
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
Jonathan D James
A Moving Faith: An Introduction
 
I: UNDERSTANDING SOUTHERN CHRISTIANITY
Jesudas M Athyal
Southern Christianity: Key Considerations and Characteristics
 
II: MEGA CHURCHES IN AFRICA
J Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
Doing Greater Things: Mega Church as an African Phenomenon
Walter C Ihejirika and Godwin B Okon
Mega Churches and Megaphones: Nigerian Church Leaders and Their Media Ministries
 
III: MEGA CHURCHES IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Sebastian C H Kim
Mega Churches in South Korea: Their Impact and Prospect in the Public Sphere
Jeaney Yip
Marketing the Sacred: The Case of Hillsong Church, Australia
Katharine L Wiegele
Populist Movement to Mega Church: El Shaddai in Manila, Philippines
Y A Sudhakar Reddy
Nurturing Globalized Faith Seekers: Mega Churches in Andhra Pradesh, India
 
IV: MEGA CHURCHES IN LATIN AMERICA
Dennis A Smith and Leonildo S Campos
Concentrations of Faith: Mega Churches in Brazil
Rolando Pérez
Evangelical Representations in the Public Sphere: The Peruvian Case
Jonathan D James
The Southern Factor: Prospects and Challenges
 
Index

"In A Moving Faith by Dr Jonathan James, we see for the first time in a single coherent volume, not only that global Christianity in the mega church is on the rise, but in a concrete way, we are able to observe in detail what this looks like across a wide variety of locations, cultures, and habitus."

Virginia Garrard-Burnett
Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of Texas, Austin

“The 21st century—once predicted by many commentators to be the secular century—has turned out to be the century of the mega church. Mega churches are to be found in every continent and are not simply to be equated with Pentecostalism. This wide ranging and fascinating collection of essays on mega churches, their media, and marketing strategies opens up the field for further exploration.”

Brian Stanley
Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh

“Mega churches, usually associated with big independent congregations in America, are seen to be prevalent throughout much of the rest of the world. The chapters in this book offer careful, thoughtful, and perceptive accounts of the mega church phenomenon in the South. All who are concerned not only about the spread, but also the integrity of the Christian faith will greatly appreciate this book which assists us to see the big picture of World Christianity.”

Professor Mark A. Noll
Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

“The book is interesting as it informs the reader of a contemporary Christian movement and its increasing influence as a market commodity, global in its reach and scope.”

The Book Review, December, 2016

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