Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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All across the globe, Pentecostalism has come to display the most diverse set of ecclesiastical forms. They stretch from highly independent local-community driven movements (Scandinavia), to Presbyterian and Congregationalist-type denominations (Assemblies of God, USA), and to episcopally, with the office of bishop led “high-church” models (Black Pentecostals in the USA and a number of traditions in various global contexts). Particularly in the Global South, this diversification further continues and deepens.

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Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti, “Ecclesiology”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20201204

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