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Title: Shades of faith formation : Black Christian faith formation within Holiness/Pentecostal Churches in the UK
Author: Fenty, Esther
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 8394
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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Although much has been written about Holiness/Pentecostal churches established by Caribbean settlers to Britain since the 1950s, the issue of faith formation has not been addressed. Therefore, this thesis, set within the domain of practical theology is an investigation into the faith formation of children and young people within one such church; the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) UK. It identifies two research questions; 1) how is faith formed within Holiness/Pentecostal churches in the United Kingdom and 2) is there an effective intentional strategy which is theologically valid to support this. Key concepts in faith formation, a subsidiary of Christian education were examined from the theoretical work of three interlocutors; James Fowler, Thomas Groome and Anthony Reddie. In addition, ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with adult members who had attended church from a very young age and could reflect on their experiences. Along with the literature, thematic analysis of these interviews identified contributory factors in faith formation and also areas for further development. It was observed that there are some specific departmental documents within COGIC outlining strategies for promoting the particular departmental vision, but there is no overall plan in terms of faith formation. Like most Pentecostal denominations, COGIC has not articulated a Pentecostal theology or pedagogy, thereby making an overall formalised theological strategy impossible. Nevertheless, due to the nature of Pentecostalism, there is faith formation through the liturgical practices and agencies of the church evidenced by second and third generation members of COGIC who are now involved in ministry. Furthermore, the interface of culture and Pentecostalism within the British context contribute to the faith formation of children and young people in COGIC, (an exemplar of a Holiness/Pentecostal church) making it a unique experience. Yet faith formation can be intentional within COGIC by the promotion of a British Black Pentecostal pedagogy as recommended by this research.
Supervisor: Sedmak, Clemens Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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