Africa has become the world center of Pentecostal Christianity in recent years, but this advance has at times been accompanied by problems associated with denunciations of allegedly corrupt pastors.
Because of claims within the Pentecostal community, a group of regulations has been placed in force regarding the right methods that pastors must exercise in their activities. The sanctions also exist to address any allegations of improper behavior.
Writing about the issue in Religion Unplugged, Dr. Robert Carle explains that the norms underwent reforms over time, since there was not much conformity, mainly on the part of the religious leaders.
“However, Mudenyo recognizes that the lack of organizational and oversight structures is a problem within Pentecostalism. Blessed Fellowship International was formed in 2009 to address this challenge. The 56 member churches in Blessed Fellowship meet annually to elect a bishop, an executive committee and a council of elders and trustees who oversee church property.
“It is essential that churches have pastors who are morally right,” Mudenyo said. “Otherwise, parishioners will lose their passion for God. … Pastors must be role models and mentors for congregants.”
The bishop and elders have the power to withdraw credentials for pastors who are bad role models. The most common problems in the fellowship are scandals involving money or marital infidelity.”
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