Discipleship, mentorship and training which empowers African women for ministry in the diaspora


  • Naar M’fundisi-Holloway




Discipleship, Mentorship, Diaspora, Mission, Reverse Mission


Various factors contribute to people migrating from the global south to the west. In addition to factors like war, economics and education, some migrate because they feel called to engage in ministry in the west. At the heart of mission in the diaspora are women who either start ministries on their own or with their spouses. This paper is informed by narratives provided by these women collected through interviews to outline the challenges of engaging in ministry in the diaspora and the type of discipleship, mentorship and training they would require to enable their ministries to flourish. It also shows how in addition to reliance on the Holy Spirit to guide their ministries, these women adopt an entrepreneurial approach in accessing mentorship from local diaspora networks. This paper contributes to the broader discussion around discipleship and mentorship which prepares missionaries for mission in diaspora contexts, also referred to as Reverse Mission.

Author Biography

Naar M’fundisi-Holloway

Dr Naar M’fundisi-Holloway is an Action Researcher at the Territorial Headquarters of The Salvation Army in London. Before that, she worked as a qualified secondary school teacher of Religious Education, Philosophy and Health and Social Care in Birmingham UK. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham (UK) in Theology looking at Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Zambia focusing on its interface with politics and HIV/AIDS. She is the author of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity and Civic Engagement in Zambia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Naar is a married mother of one and a native Zambian who lives in the United Kingdom.




How to Cite

M’fundisi-Holloway, Naar. 2022. “Discipleship, Mentorship and Training Which Empowers African Women for Ministry in the Diaspora”. Ecclesial Futures 3 (1):41-57. https://doi.org/10.54195/ef12150.