oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The gospel and culture in Pentecostal mission in the Third World
Hollenweger sees the oral structures of Pentecostalism as the reason for its initial growth. Spontaneity does not lead to the absence of liturgy, but to flexible oral liturgies memorised by t he congregation. The Azusa Street revival was formative in this, and Pentecostalism is predominantly a Third-World phenomenon, where the Pentecostal message promised solutions for present felt needs, like healing and protection against bewitchment. Melvin Hodges's 'The indigenous church' was the first Pentecostal reflection on missiological themes and asserted that the foundation for indigenisation was the Holy Spirit. But there is also a danger that increasing globalisation, with its transnational spirit, may hinder deeper indigenisation.
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