The History, Development and Growth of Grace of God Mission in Igboland, Nigeria, 1978-2014

Author: Obi Grace Amoge
Department: Religion and Human Relations
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The Grace of God Mission as a Pentecostal movement is faced with challenges of schism, crises and lack of spirituality among the Christian members. Its early period was characterized by fear, darkness, strife, pain, sorrow, rancor, hatred, selfishness division, tension and guilty consciences. The period 1978 to 2014 witnessed some landmark achievements and there is need for exposition of its historical dynamics in order to reduce ignorance associated with poor articulation of the evangelical movement in Igboland. The underlying factor is to assess the movement which brought about changes, full energy, enthusiasm and new ideas which made the leadership exemplary. This dissertation discusses the historical development and growth of Grace of God Mission in Igboland. The purpose is to reconstruct the history of the church in terms of its evangelistic strategy, the people’s response to the church in different Igbo culture areas between 1978-2014. There is need to investigate the emergence, growth and expansion of Grace of God Mission in spite of the crises surrounding its emergence. An insight into the nature of its administration, relationship with classical Pentecostalism and reactions from mode of modern Pentecostalism will explain the spiritual revival of Grace of God Mission in Igboland the response of the Igbo to Grace of God Mission in different Igbo culture areas and the importance of spirituality are not left out in serving the purpose of the identified dynamic changing pattern which attracted many worshippers and accounted for the phenomenal increase of the church in Igboland. This study was geared toward the reconstruction of Neo Pentecostalism in the contemporary African church history. It is expected to promote African Church historiography. Grace of God Mission is rich with deep rooted historical materials in promoting the universal, intellectual and practical values of church history. The approach to this study was survey method which involves the use of primary and secondary data collection techniques. The data collected were analyzed using the historical method of interpretation and area culture approach. These were very appropriate because of the culture bound nature of the study. The findings were presented by the use of descriptive and analytical tools. The historical growth and development of this church show that it is not static but remain an embodiment of African spirituality and charisma in the evangelistic strategy. The move from urban to rural areas accounted for a total of twelve (12) divisions and about four hundred (400) church stations within thirty-six (36) years of the period covered by this study. Researchers should promote African spirituality.

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