oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Structures and patterns in pentecostal mission

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Pentecostalism has been in the forefront of the expansion of Christianity in the twentieth century, and this paper traces six features of the structures and patterns of Pentecostal mission: The Holy Spirit is the motivating power behind all mission activities; the Spirit gives the ability to do ""signs and wonders"" in the name of Jesus Christ to authenticate the gospel message; evangelism (sometimes aggressive) has the highest priority and this gives rise to self-propagating churches; indigenous leadership develops rapidly and avoids the mainline clergy/laity split; 'people's movements' cause rapid growth and mass appeal; spontaneous freedom of worship produces contextual liturgies and theologies.

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