Nicholas Duncan Williams and the charismatic ministries in Ghana

Sallah, Bernard (2022). Nicholas Duncan Williams and the charismatic ministries in Ghana. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis is a historical and theological research to elucidate understanding of the nature of the Charismatic Ministries in Ghana from the perspective of the life and ministry of Nicholas Duncan-Williams, one of its pioneers. The main question this thesis seeks to address is to ascertain the nature of the influence and contribution of Duncan-Williams to the Charismatic Ministries in Ghana.
Using a biographical research approach, this research examines the history of involvement in the Charismatic Ministries by Nicholas Duncan-Williams. The founding of the Action Chapel International, a local church initiative of Duncan-Williams became the rallying point for most of the leaders of Charismatic Ministries in Ghana and the resultant effect on most of these young people was the proliferation of many Charismatic Ministries in Ghana. The rise of the Charismatic Ministries has subsequently impacted the nature of Christianity in Ghana and by extension public life. The thesis shows that the Charismatic movement is a local initiative that has resulted in the growth of Ghanaian Christianity. It also shows that Duncan-Williams is a key player and influence for most of the present leaders of these ministries and that, to a large extent, he spearheaded many of their innovative local practices. Thus, the outcome of his life and ministry has led directly or indirectly to the emphasis on the preaching of prosperity and in a positive sense to the ‘pentecostalisation’ or ‘charismatisation’ of Ghanaian Christianity.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: Other
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology


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