n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Some dangers in the globalisation of Pentecostalism : a South African perspective

Volume 34, Issue Issue-2/3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



'What makes a church Pentecostal?' and, 'Is the Pentecostal church losing that which made it Pentecostal?' are questions that should be explored. The globalisation of 'Pentecostalism' through New Pentecostal, Charismatic, and other Evangelical groupings, such as the 'Third' and 'Fourth Waves', has made the definition of 'Pentecostal' pertinent. The unquestioned similarities between these various 'Pentecostalisms' should not blind us to significant differences. This article outlines some of those differences, from a South African perspective. It argues that the globalisation of 'Pentecostalism' has resulted in a growing homogeneity between these 'Pentecostalisms', thereby weakening essential distinctives that fuelled its missionary impetus.

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