Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Synopsis

How and why is Christianity's center of gravity shifting to the developing world? To understand this rapidly growing phenomenon, Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori spent four years traveling the globe conducting extensive on-the-ground research in twenty different countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The result is this vividly detailed book which provides the most comprehensive information available on Pentecostalism, the fastest-growing religion in the world. Rich with scenes from everyday life, the book dispel many stereotypes about this religion as they build a wide-ranging, nuanced portrait of a major new social movement.

Excerpt

By now it is old news that Pentecostalism is growing exponentially, especially in the Southern Hemisphere. However, there is considerable confusion over the use of the term. Journalists and even scholars often refer to Pentecostalism as if it were one phenomenon, whereas in reality it is a complex social movement with many different strains. For example, there are the classical Pentecostal denominations, such as the Assemblies of God and Foursquare Gospel Church, and then there is a plethora of indigenous and independent Pentecostal churches. Some of these churches emphasize the Prosperity Gospel of health and wealth, while others focus on evangelism, healing, and ecstatic worship.

This book distinguishes between these several competing expressions of Pentecostalism but focuses specifically on an emergent element of the movement: namely, Pentecostal churches that have active social ministries. We have struggled with what to call this movement within Pentecostalism. Theologians use labels such as the “integral gospel,” or “holistic Christianity,” to refer to churches that seek a balance between evangelism and . . .

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