Nigerian Pentecostals and ‘Reverse mission’ in London and Amsterdam.

  • Adebisi Anne Adenekan-Koevoets

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Drawing on qualitative research on three Nigerian Yorùbá- initiated Pentecostal churches in London and Amsterdam-The Redeemed Christian Church of God, House on The Rock and Winners Chapel-this empirical study explores the practice of ‘reverse mission’ from the perspective of church leaders and members. It aims to gain an in-depth insight into the strategies that migrant Pentecostal churches employ to attract non-Africans, and the theological and social factors that shape their evangelistic practices. As an analytical framework, the thesis employs André Droogers’ (2003) three-dimensional model of power dynamics, where by power is seen as present in any religious organization. It considers how the transcendental dimension (Pentecostal experiences, beliefs and missionary zeal) combined with the internal (leadership, organizational structures, gender and generational relations) and external (ecumenical relations, external connections, transnational networks) dimensions help to shape Nigerian Pentecostal mission practices in Amsterdam and London. In order to understand and interpret the motivations and ‘reverse mission’ strategies of Nigerian Pentecostal churches, this thesis engages with the inter-related theories of secularization, post-secularization and multiple modernities as well as globalization and religious transnationalism. This study found that Nigerian Pentecostals, particularly the first-generation, base their daily lives, whether at individual or corporate levels, on the transcendent, both through direct instructions from the Holy Spirit and the Bible. Spiritual interpretations are different for the second- generation who, in addition to their parents’ cultural and spiritual socialization, have also been influenced by the culture of the Western pluralistic and liberal societies in which they live. This creates tension between the generations and plays a role in the identified inter-generational differences to missional strategies.
    Date of Award4 Jan 2022
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Roehampton
    SupervisorJohn Eade (Director of Studies) & Richard Burgess (Co-Supervisor)


    • Reverse Mission
    • Nigerian diaspora
    • Pentecostals
    • first-generation
    • second-generation
    • inter-generational conflicts
    • gender issues

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