Sixty Years of Autonomous Ghanaian Methodism (1961-2021)


Abibinnwom, Autonomy, Christianity, Ethnocentrism, Ghana, Methodist

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Boaheng, I. (2021). Sixty Years of Autonomous Ghanaian Methodism (1961-2021): The Methodist Church Ghana and the Inculturation of Christianity . Methodist Review, 13. Retrieved from


One of the major challenges that confront churches in Africa is the dichotomy between “Christian principles” and African cultural realties. The problem is usually huge in historic mission churches, which inherited Western hermeneutical and theological frameworks that pay virtually no attention to the African worldview. Having become independent, mission churches in Africa make various attempts to give the Christian gospel a contextual expression so as to make it more meaningful and relevant to the African situation. The Methodist Church Ghana is one of the African Churches that has made significant progress in this process of inculturation. As the Church celebrates sixty years of autonomous existence (1961–2021), this historical survey examines some major attempts at inculturation of the gospel and one of the key challenges to the realization of the mission of the Church. Though the post-autonomy Methodist Church has made great progress in making the gospel more relevant to the Ghanaian society, there are still areas to which the Church needs to direct attention. The article points out some of these areas and gives recommendations to the Church in its quest to impact the Ghanaian/African context.

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