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



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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