n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - : a survey of selected areas

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The (IURD) is the most well-known manifestation of the Brazilian Neo-Pentecostal Movement and possibly the largest contemporary missionary export from a Third World country. This article describes aspects of the IURD, which include its principal leader, controversies, ecclesiastical structure, primary message, principal ministry, and growth. Through this description, mission researchers and the global church could better comprehend this denomination's complexity, teachings, strategies and practices and thereby seek to determine its impact on evangelical mission. Furthermore, pastors and parishioners could better understand and effectively serve all members within the IURD and similar churches.

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