Between the Prophetic and the Pastoral

Richard Werbner

in Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268531
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949461 | DOI:
Between the Prophetic and the Pastoral

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In the Eloyi Christian Church becoming and being a prophet, gifted with the Word of God by the Holy Spirit, positions the charismatic outside the church hierarchy. The constitution also calls for ministers to be formally trained, in accord with standard requirements kept, at least on paper for official purposes, in the 1990s by the Registry of Societies. Each prophet holds a commission that is personal. It has to be confirmed by the archbishop or a bishop, if the prophet is to serve within the church. Only when a bishop has laid hands on the prophet, empowering him with Spirit, can the prophet have true revelation, senolo. What the prophet has, however, is not a definable office within the church hierarchy but a spiritual gift of charisma from God that is thus extrahierarchical.

Keywords: Eloyi Christian Church; prophet; Holy Spirit; church; hierarchy; commission; bishop; senolo; charisma; God

Chapter.  7402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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