St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission, founded by Christinah Nku (also known as Mme Christinah) and all its splinter groups can be theorized as presenting a crisis model for managing change. These churches provide their members with a well worked out path of inclusion through baptism and related rituals, as well as, alleviation of crisis through an assortment of healing, cleansing and deliverance rituals. There is also a strong element of maintaining a person’s healing through an assortment of rituals of celebration and ideological reinforcement. They do this through a process of resource mobilization from both Christianity and African Religion to set up a religion that adequately responds to both the existential and spiritual needs of their members.
Linda Thomas‘African Indigenous Churches as a Source of Socio-political Transformation in South Africa’. Africa Today41/1 (1994) 39-56; ‘Constructing a Theology of Power: Lessons from Apartheid: Anthropological Reflections on Healing Rituals among Poor Black South Africans’ Missionalia 25/ 1 (1997) 19-39; Under the Canopy: Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa Columbia: University of South Carolina Press 1999.