African Indigenous Churches for Black Africans: A Study of the Johani Masowe Chishanu yeNyenyedzi (JMCN) Missiological Thrust in the Diaspora

Keywords: African Indigenous Churches (AICs), diaspora, Johani Masowe Chishanu yeNyenyedzi (JMCN), missiological thrust, Missio Dei, ZAOGA

Abstract

This study is an attempt to reconstruct the missiological thrust of African Indigenous Churches (AICs) in the diaspora. It specifically focuses on a Zimbabwean church, the Johani Masowe Chishanu yeNyenyedzi (JMCN). Today, most AICs have transitioned from being churches only for black Africans by accommodating other nationalities in their gospel economy, while outside African boarders. The best example of such African churches in the diaspora is probably the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA), which has transitioned from being a church only for Zimbabweans to being a global African church. By contrast, JMCN has seemingly remained a Zimbabwean church, even in the diaspora. Arguably, though JMCN has crossed Zimbabwean borders into other nations, this study maintains that JMCN in principle continues to be a black Zimbabwean church. To validate the above claim this study investigates JMCN’s missiological thrust with a special focus on: how JMCN recruits church membership; how JMCN selects its sacred shrines; what language is used in JMCN—particularly in the diaspora; and where JMCN obtains sacred objects of worship such as its clay pots and wooden objects.

Author Biography

Phillip Musoni, University of South Africa

Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology

School of Human Sciences

University of South Africa

Published
2019-04-25
Section
Articles