FROM JOHN ETEFIA TO CLETUS BASSEY: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL AND CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF PROPHETISM (EPH. 4:11/ COR. 12-14) AMONG THE CHURCHES IN (Published)
This paper discussed the phenomenon of prophetism,that is prophet, prophecy and prophesying among the churches in Uyo metropolis.Prophetism is highly valued among the people in whose traditional religion has earlier given them the art of divination which is concomitant to Christian prophetism. With the initial initiative of notable individuals in the 1930s resulting in the establishment of the Mount Zion Churches which are prophetic churches, the coming of the Pentecostal Churches in the 1990s which symbolized the second wave has seen a lot of modification in the earlier Christian prophetism of the Mount Zion churches.Prophetism as a major trend and determinant in church affiliation and ministerial disposition has been noticed in the metropolis. While the Mission Churches has approached the phenomenon in differing ways, the present trend in prophetism seems to be very much welcome in Uyo, and a force that may continue to influence the churches’ hermeneutics in the nearest future.