Pentecostalism, Chieftaincy and Traditional Festivals in Ghana: An Analysis of Engagement between Pentecostals and the Fellowship of Christian Chiefs and Queens (FCCQ)

AUTHOR : Emmanuel Kumi-Amoah
ISSUE: September 2019 Volume 1 Number 3 Article 1
PAGES : 8 -18
DOI : 10.32051/09301901

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Abstract

This article is an extract from my doctoral dissertation submitted to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat in Frankfurt, Germany in June 2017. The focus of this study is to give a descriptive analysis of engagement or collaboration between some Pentecostals and the Fellowship of Christian Chiefs and Queens (FCCQ) in Techiman in the Bono East Region of Ghana in West Africa. This engagement comes at a time that some Pentecostals have been castigated for their confrontational attitude towards the adherence of traditional culture in Ghana. The study, therefore, argues that the Pentecostals are in the engagement as ‘spiritual leaders’ who have been motivated by functional, theological and philosophical factors to respond to invitation from the FCCQ for the transformation of chieftaincy in relation to the Christian faith and practices. It concludes by arguing that the collaboration has brought about some appreciable level of transformation among members of the FCCQ in relation to libation, feeding and honoring the ancestors, and the custom of taking a stool wife for a new chief.

Key Words: Chieftaincy, Engagement, Pentecostals, Transformation

Author Biodata: REV. EMMANUEL KUMI-AMOAH holds Doctor of Philosophy degree (Dr. phil) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Frankfurt, Germany. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Ghana Baptist University College, and the Christian Service University College all in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. His research and teaching areas include African Pentecostalism, Missiology, Evangelism & Church Planting, African Traditional Religion, and Gospel/Christianity & Culture. EMAIL ADDRESS: e.kumi-amoah@hotmail.com/ ekumiamoah@gmail.com