South Africa was one of the first regions to receive an injection of Pentecostal genes, not only in Pentecostal churches but also African-initiated churches. Post-apartheid South Africa illustrates the capacity of the Pentecostal spirit to cross cultural barriers.
Pentecostalism in Nigeria has grown tremendously, significantly affecting the lives of millions of Nigerians who are seeking solutions to existential needs confronting them in a dislocated society.
Practice of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements motivate individuals towards self-discipline, hard work, and self-improvement, and thereby indirectly foster personal and societal development. Emphasis on prosperity and success, which form a significant part of the motivational theology of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, provide an impetus towards development.
A key feature of the Pentecostal movement is the intensity of spiritual engagement. The effects of faith in boosting self-confidence, self-esteem, personal agency, and determination have been proven beyond doubt.