Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Executive Editor: Michael Wilkinson
Associate Editors: Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online (BEGP) provides a comprehensive overview of worldwide Pentecostalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. It offers analysis at the level of specific countries and regions, historical figures, movements and organizations, and particular topics and themes. Pentecostal Studies draws upon areas of research such as anthropology, biblical studies, economics, gender studies, global studies, history, political science, sociology, theological studies, and other areas of related interest. The BEGP emphasizes this multi-disciplinary approach and includes scholarship from a range of disciplines, methods, and theoretical perspectives. Moreover, the BEGP is cross-cultural and transnational, including contributors from around the world to represent key insights on Pentecostalism from a range of countries and regions.

Providing summaries of the key literature, the BEGP will be the standard reference for Pentecostal Studies. All articles are fully text searchable and cross-referenced, with bibliographic information on scholarly work and recommendations for further reading.

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Author(s): Bergunder, Michael
In a country shaped by many different religious traditions, Indian Christianity accounts for about 2 percent of the population. Nevertheless, in South India, where nearly two thirds of India’s Christians live, Christianity represents a relatively strong minority. Here, the portion of Pentecostalism is also relatively high with a growing trend. Though reliable statistics are not available, pentecostal churches and ministries gained a visible presence within the south Indian church landscape by th…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Kristanto, Rony Chandra
The Pentecostal message had been received before the messengers arrived, since as early as 1909 when Spade Regen, a publication by Gerrit Polman, a prominent leader in Dutch Pentecostalism, had been distributed to Dutch speakers abroad including in the Dutch East Indies. The publication and subsequent contact with Polman seemed to have a significant influence on the Dutch speakers. Therefore, an ecumenical prayer group with a Pentecostal influence was started in 1911 in Temanggung, Central Java (van der Laan 2012).In September 1920, Polman published a request to send missi…
Date: 2021-07-16

International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies

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Author(s): Marcondes Alves, Leonardo
The International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (IFCA) is a Finished Work or “Baptistic” Pentecostal association of churches with roots in the revival that began among Italian-Americans in Chicago in 1907. The IFCA has its headquarters in Transfer, Pennsylvania. Most of its nearly 80 US churches are located in the East and Northwest states, often using names like Christian Church, Full Gospel, and Christian Assembly.The current name, adopted in 2006, reflects its worldwide scope since most of its affiliated churches are abroad. Its initial name was the…
Date: 2021-07-16

International House of Prayer

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Author(s): McClymond, Michael
The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded by Mike Bickle in 1999 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, “to partner in the Great Commission by advancing 24/7 prayer and proclaiming the beauty of Jesus and His glorious return.” IHOP views itself as “an evangelical missions organization that is committed to praying for the release of the fullness of God’s power and purpose, as we actively win the lost, heal the sick, feed the poor, make disciples, and impact every sphere of society—family, educ…
Date: 2021-07-16

International Pentecostal Holiness Church

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Author(s): Woods, Daniel
Three streams flowed together in the second decade of the twentieth century to form the Pentecostal Holiness Church (“International” was added to the name in 1975). The Fire-Baptized Holiness Church and the Pentecostal Holiness of North Carolina merged at Falcon, North Carolina in 1911, and the Tabernacle Pentecostal Church (formerly the Brewerton Presbyterian Church) joined four years later at Canon, Georgia. Each group had formed in the closing years of the nineteenth century as part of the bu…
Date: 2021-07-16

Inter-religious Relations

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Author(s): Richie, Tony
International globalization and the amazing growth of global Pentecostal movements frequently require Pentecostals today to engage with a wide variety of adherents of non-Christian religions. Such interaction is complex and multidimensional, including theological and relational dynamics between other Christians as well as with counterparts among non-Christian religious devotees. This article identifies significant terminology and trends, summarizes key features of the newly-developing discipline…
Date: 2021-07-16


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Author(s): Wilkinson, Michael
Pentecostal studies has developed and expanded worldwide with numerous conferences, publications, and papers presented on panels about Pentecostalism at major academic conferences like the American Academy of Religion. There are a number of scholarly societies that specifically focus on Pentecostalism like the Society for Pentecostal Studies, USA and the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent). There is a standard storyline that has developed and is crystalizing among schola…
Date: 2021-07-16