After some initial consultations with various leaders in African congregations and experts on the phenomenon, we formulated several questions. These questions were used to steer three group discussions with members and leaders from three different traditions. To each group the same questions were posed, although respondents were allowed to talk much wider on the topic than just the formulated questions. The questions were basic and open-ended, but also consciously contextualized towards the people’s own congregation. In general the questions were:

1. What is a congregation?

2. Why do people congregate?

3. What are the issues/challenges that African congregations face?

4. What has changed over the past years?

5. What changes do you foresee for the future?

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