chapter  5
15 Pages

Heavenly commonwealth and earthly good

Contemporary African Pentecostal-charismatic discourses on responsible citizenship
WithJ. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

The chapter offers an analysis of Pentecostal-charismatic discourses of responsible citizenship in Ghana. Drawing on a spiritual conception of citizenship especially defined by material prosperity, this chapter considers the implications of increasingly dominant understandings of citizenship for the here and now. The analysis focuses on Pastor Mensa Otabil of Ghana’s International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) as an example of a new kind of prosperity preacher who compels Christians to take their civic responsibility seriously and work towards influencing Christian citizens to apply management principles from biblical perspectives in building lives and communities. This chapter helps to bridge the divide between the economic and political spheres, highlighting the fluid relationship between politics, the material more generally and economic realms within Pentecostal-charismatic understandings of citizenship.