The Akorino Church in Kenya: An Indigenous Original Pentecostal Church

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This work provides a historical and theological analysis of the Akorino Church, showing that although it is not connected historically or theologically to the Azusa street revival, it exhibits beliefs and practices that are authentically Pentecostal and essentially African.


"In central Kenya, however, a 'Pentecost' happened in the 1920s whose provenance and agency had no historical or theological connection withe Azusa street revival. That 'Pentecost without Azusa' gave rise to the Arathi movement which developed into what is now known as the Akorino church, an African indigenous church in Kenya. ... It is characterized by emotional repentance of sins accompanied by loud prayers and weeping. It will be shown that central to that Pentecost is the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking on tongues, dreams, visions and auditions, and a sustained healing ministry. That doctrine influences their interpretation of Christian theology, their understanding of the scriptures, their relations with the rest of the world, and their participation in the life of their society."

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Glossary



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Beginning of the Akorino Church

Chapter 3: Early Development- Evangelistic Efforts and the Gathering of the 'Pentecosts'

Chapter 4: Stigmatization and the Persecution of the Arathi

Chapter 5: Theological Development of the Arathi

Chapter 6: Arathi Pneumatology and Pneumatic Living

Chapter 7: Conclusion

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