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Apostles, Apostolic Ministry
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The so-called apostolic movement, apostolic-prophetic movement, or New Apostolic Reformation, has grown since the 1990s from small beginnings among pentecostal and charismatic Christians to become a significant factor in World Christianity. Demographers Todd Johnson and Gina Zurlo (2019, 934–5) estimated that some 44 million Christians belonged to “apostolic churches,” defined as “pentecostal” communities stressing a “complex hierarchy of living apostles, prophets and other charismatic officials.” Central to the apostolic movement is a revolut…

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McClymond, Michael, “Apostles, Apostolic Ministry”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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