Muzzling the ox that treads out the corn : a critical analysis of the theology and practice of the full-time ministry of the Pentecostal church in Nairobi district of Kenya with special reference to remuneration.
Mwangi, James Kamau.
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This thesis addresses the issue of Pastoral remuneration for the clergy. It is an attempt to investigate whether or not full-time Pentecostal pastors in Nairobi are adequately remunerated. The thesis argues that presently the situation is far less than desirable. Reasons for such a conclusion are explored in the thesis. This is done by attempting to examine this phenomenon and critically analysing the theology behind the practice. The thesis commences by giving a background of the research topic, defining the research problem and important terms. This chapter introduces the criteria to determine adequate or inadequate remuneration. It then proceeds to identify and to define the methodology employed in the thesis. This is followed by a survey chapter where data is analysed and interpreted revealing lack of adequate pastoral remuneration. Chapter four has two parts, the first one unpacks the Pentecostal liturgy and practice at the ground revealing a heaven-ward world view of theology which does not favour the economic circumstance of the Pastors. The world view perceives that wealth and earthly prosperity are inherently dangerous to God's calling. Part two constitutes a theological critique of some ideologies. It challenges an observed dualism of Pentecostal eschatology with its form of dispensationalism. Chapter five seeks the biblical mandate for remuneration of ministers. The examined passages of Scripture articulates that the worker is worth his wages. While it is imperative that the pastor be remunerated, it does not depend on the willingness of the church but it is mandatory.