chapter  6
15 Pages

Forging economic citizens

Financial integrity and national transformation at Watoto Church in Uganda
WithCaroline Valois

The chapter presents a view into the economic world of Christian citizenship within Pentecostal-charismatic churches in Uganda. Drawing on a case study of a one of the largest Pentecostal churches in Kampala, Watoto, the study highlights the emphasis on financial prosperity and responsibility for forging ‘good’ economic citizens. Arguing that economic citizenship is an integral component in a broader vision of Christian citizenship, the chapter demonstrates how the fiscal responsibility taught at church plays a role in transforming the nation. Church discourses increasingly inform the ways individuals spend, invest and save – how they live their lives and interact in their communities. Yet, perhaps more significantly it increasingly defines the parameters of citizenship in terms of those who belong by virtue of economic success and define those ones who should be excluded from the national project.