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Global Pentecostalism

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement, Includes DVD

Donald E. Miller
Tetsunao Yamamori
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition: 1
Pages: 263
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    Global Pentecostalism
    Book Description:

    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 and accompanying DVD, which together contain the most comprehensive information available on Pentecostalism, the fastest-growing religion in the world. Rich with scenes from everyday life, the book and DVD dispel many stereotypes about this religion as they build a wide-ranging, nuanced portrait of a major new social movement. The DVD features footage of Pentecostal religious worship, testimony, and social activism, and includes interviews with Pentecostal pastors and leaders from around the world.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-94093-2
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-14)

    By now it is old news that Pentecostalism is growing exponentially, especially in the Southern Hemisphere.¹ 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 strains². 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...

  5. CHAPTER ONE Global Pentecostalism An Emergent Force within World Christianity
    (pp. 15-38)

    When we arrived at 10 a.m., already tens of thousands of people were lining one of the main boulevards of São Paulo, Brazil. Everyone had on a T-shirt or headband bearing a Jesus logo, church identity, or scripture verse. Throughout the crowd were small clusters of youth dancing to Christian rock music or chanting Jesus slogans. The gathering was multiethnic and included numerous families with children as well as some senior citizens. The energy in the air was palpable. It had the feeling of Brazil’s famous Carnival festivals, except people were keeping their libidinal forces in check. The crowd was...

  6. CHAPTER TWO Progressive Pentecostals Ministries, Beliefs, and Motivations
    (pp. 39-67)

    Florence Muindi is a medical doctor working in a very poor village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The four hundred families who live in this village support themselves by collecting food at the nearby city dump, begging in the city center, or relying on charity. When Florence first joined forces with Addis Kidan Baptist Church, over 80 percent of the children in the village had medical problems, ranging from intestinal worms to scabies and eye infections. Florence quickly realized that if she established a clinic, she could be treating these ailments forever, because they were symptoms of poor hygiene and sanitation....

  7. CHAPTER THREE Building a New Generation Programs Serving Children and Youth
    (pp. 68-98)

    The AIDS crisis in Uganda has created 2 million orphans. Initially, these children were being adopted into extended families, often by an aunt or grandparents. But more recently, even though the infection rate has dropped substantially in Uganda, many families have become saturated with orphans they have already adopted. They simply cannot absorb another person into their household, and consequently the rate of children being abandoned or living on the streets has become a real problem—not only in Uganda but in many countries in Africa.¹

    Responding to this problem, Kampala Pentecostal Church initiated an innovative response. It started building...

  8. CHAPTER FOUR Practicing the Faith Transforming Individuals and Society
    (pp. 99-128)

    On the plane to Hong Kong we started reading a short book entitledChasing the Dragon, by Jackie Pullinger.¹ It is a story of her experience working in the Walled City in Hong Kong with heroin addicts. When she arrived in 1966, thousands of pimps, prostitutes, and addicts lived in a confined space that was so dangerous that the police had abandoned patrolling it. The territory was instead ruled by the Triads, a gang noted for its violent methods of controlling life in the Walled City. Heroin and opium dens were everywhere. In them, men were lying on grates so...

  9. CHAPTER FIVE Encounters with the Holy Meeting God in Worship and Prayer
    (pp. 129-159)

    We had a leisurely dinner with a family on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It required a four-wheel-drive vehicle to reach their home, but the house was spacious and the couple who had invited us, employees of a faith-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), were extremely gracious. When the electricity suddenly quit, our host started up the generator and we continued to enjoy our meal. Around 10:30 p.m., we indicated that it was time to get back to work. Kampala Pentecostal Church was having an all-night prayer meeting, and we had decided to attend. This was the same...

  10. CHAPTER SIX Born in the Image of God Democracy and Upward Social Mobility
    (pp. 160-183)

    Making our way through very crowded traffic in metropolitan Manila, we finally arrived in Tondo, a slum filled with small shops, people living on the streets, and individuals hawking trinkets or bottles of cold water at every turn. A few days previously, we had attended a gathering of five thousand people in an outdoor field, and now we wanted to visit one of the congregations that make up the Jesus Is Lord movement. The physical structure of the church in Tondo was very modest. It was made out of corrugated metal and had a concrete floor that was filled with...

  11. CHAPTER SEVEN Organizing the Saints Giving the Ministry to the People
    (pp. 184-210)

    Many of the churches we studied were either first-generation congregations or had only a handful of members when the current pastor assumed leadership. Within a decade they had grown exponentially, often developing into megachurches with several thousand members. The senior pastor was typically a dynamic, charismatic, and even authoritarian leader whose values infused every aspect of church life. At the same time, these congregations typically affirmed the priesthood of all believers and the principle that the work of ministry is to be done by the laity. On the surface, this seems like a contradiction. How can strong leadership at the...

  12. CHAPTER EIGHT The Future of Progressive Pentecostalism
    (pp. 211-224)

    In this final chapter we will summarize our argument, make some predictions about the future of Progressive Pentecostalism, note some theoretical issues that have echoed through our analysis, and identify some specific challenges that face this emergent movement within the Pentecostal tradition. The problem with generalizing about Pentecostalism, however, is that it is such an unruly movement. Wherever it emerges, Pentecostalism tends to indigenize, absorbing the local culture in the way it worships, organizes itself, and relates to the local community. In searching for a metaphor to describe the growth of Pentecostalism, we were struck with the idea that the...

    (pp. 225-234)
  14. NOTES
    (pp. 235-244)
    (pp. 245-248)
  16. INDEX
    (pp. 249-261)
  17. Back Matter
    (pp. 262-262)