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Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia (Shane Clifton) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004175266
Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia (Shane Clifton) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2009) 9789004175266
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Title: Pentecostal Churches in Transition: Analysing the Developing Ecclesiology of the Assemblies of God in Australia

Author: Clifton, Shane

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004175266

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 249

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The global growth of Pentecostal movements during the course of the twentieth century has been widely documented although, to date, there has been little written on their developing ecclesiology. After making the case for a concrete rather than idealised approach to ecclesiology, this book describes and analyses the transitions that have framed the ways in which Australian Pentecostals have understood church life and mission. From a loosely knit faith missions movement, to congregational free church structures, to the so-called apostolic models of mega-churches, Australian pentecostalism stands as a microcosmos of ecclesial developments that have occurred throughout the world. This book, therefore, provides a means of reflecting upon what has been gained and lost in the process of ecclesiological change. ContentsCh. 1 Pentecostal Ecclesiology 11.1 Developing a Concrete Ecclesiological Method 71.2 Assessing Progress and Decline 211.3 Summary 26Ch. 2 From Faith Missions to Churches, 1800s to 1930s 272.1 Pre-narrative: The Global Currents of Voluntarist Revivalism 282.2 Analysis: Transcendence, Transformation and Breakdown 382.3 Narrative: The Emergence of Pentecostalism in Australia 502.4 Analysis: From Faith Mission to Church 682.5 Summary 79Ch. 3 Formation of a Democratised National Fellowship, 1930s to 1960s 813.1 Narrative: Forming a National Assembly 813.2 Analysis: Assessing Institutionalisation 1133.3 Summary 135Ch. 4 Growth, Controversy and Revolution, 1960s to present 1374.1 Narrative: Charismatic Revival and Radical Change 1374.2 Analysis: Global Debates about the Apostolic Revolution 1694.3 Summary 205Ch. 5 Conclusion: Looking Forward and Thinking Globally 2075.1 Social Values 2085.2 Cultural and Theological Values 2145.3 The Australian Story and Global Pentecostalism 2215.4 Final Comment 225Bibliography 227Index 243
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