A Starving Man Cannot Shout Halleluyah: African Pentecostal Churches and the Challenges of Promoting Sustainable Development. African Initiated Christianity and the Decolonization of Development
This chapter examines the contribution of African Pentecostal churches to the promotion of sustainable development, using the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), an indigenous Nigerian church, as case study. It examines the response of this Pentecostal community to wider social needs and explores the social space taken up by Pentecostals and the networks they exploited to meet those needs. It also analyses the ideological, theological, relational and material hurdles they had to scale as they continued to grapple with issues of sustainable development. The chapter concludes by underscoring the significance of the erection of viable structures and policies and adoption of global best practices as the bedrock of sustainable development. Proper institutionalization of Pentecostal interventions will go a long way to promote sustainable development.