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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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MATSHOBANE, Mangaliso  and  MASANGO, Maake J.. Understanding power struggles in the Pentecostal church government. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.1, pp.1-6. ISSN 2072-8050.

This article highlights the power struggles that the Pentecostal church experiences in its church governance. These power struggles become very contentious to a point where members take each other to legal courts, which ends in multiple schisms that tarnish the image of the Pentecostal movement. Most literature on church conflicts approach power struggles as caused by personality disorders. This article seeks to highlight a different approach where power struggles are more a result of structural factors than personal ones emanating from a hybrid nature of polity in the Pentecostal church and other structural factors of conflict like finances, education and leadership. Finally, an educational pastoral care methodology is proposed for this article.

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