Healing ministry is becoming more prominent in many different Christian traditions in Southern Africa. In the past, it was largely confined to the 'Spirit-type' African Independent Churches (AICs), where it was (and still is) a recruitment technique par excellence. For these denominations, healing is central to the mission, and the church is primarily seen as a healing institution. In the Western Initiated Churches (WICs), healing was earlier seen as peripheral, but has become more central in recent years. This book focuses on churches' healing ministries in Zimbabwe, looking at the historical setting and the background to Christianity. The book examines the traditional religion among the Shona people of Zimbabwe, as well as the healing traditions in African independent churches in general. It consists of four case studies of healing in different Christian denominations in Zimbabwe: two African independent churches and two Western-initiated churches (Roman Catholic and Anglican). The book also looks at the wider application of the case studies, and the general implications for Christianity in Africa.
Shona history and traditional religion: The Shona people of Zimbabwe; Health and healing in traditional Shona society; Traditional causes; Traditional diagnosis; Traditional healing; Healing in African Initiated Churches; Prophecy; Women's religious experience; Women's leadership among the Budya of Mutoko; Conclusion. Case studies of healing in Shona churches: Agnes Majecha and the Zvikomborero Apostolic Church; The ministry of exorcism and healing Faith; Conclusion; Agnes Majecha's therapeutic praxis; Healing in the St Elijah Church; Healing in Super Roma; Father Augustine Urayai; Super Roma; Healing in Chita cheZvipo zveMoto (CZM). Evaluation and conclusions: Women, traditional spirits and the Holy Spirit; Women and the Holy Spirit; Similarities and differences between the old and the new.