The author gives a review of the African Independent Churches, African Initiated Churches or Spiritual Churches, as he prefers to call them, in West Africa. He also pays attention to the relationship of these churches to the so-called mainline churches. He shows the charismatic renewal that took place in the Spiritual Churches. Furthermore Dovlo turns his eyes to the relationship between the Western mainline churches and the African mainline churches and he makes clear that between all these diff erent types of churches an intra-cultural dialogue is going on. So Dovlo concludes omit that in spite of all tensions between them all churches need each other to communicate the hope of a God who is coming.