ChristianityTodayLibrary.com
Member Login  |  Email:  Password    Not a member?  Join now!
home
 Search:  browse by topicbrowse by publicationhelp

Seminary &
Grad School Guide
Search by Name
 

or use:
Advanced Search
to search by major, region, cost, affiliation, enrollment, more!


Member Services
My Account
Contact Us
Christianity TodayNovember 16November 16 1998

FREE ARTICLE PREVIEW

 ARTICLE TOOLS


World Growth at 19 Million a Year

About 25 percent of the world's Christians are Pentecostal or charismatic, historian Vinson Synan, dean of the Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, told the triennial Pentecostal World Conference (PWC) in Seoul in September. An estimated 450 million are charismatic or Pentecostal.

"The continuing explosive growth of Pentecostalism indicates that the renewal will continue with increasing strength into the next millennium," Synan declared. "Not only is growth occurring in eye-catching megachurches, but in tens of thousands of small local churches that are planted each year in big cities and remote villages."

PWC chair Ray H. Hughes says two-thirds of Pentecostals live in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. "PWC offers Pentecostals an opportunity to be a unifying force in a divided world," Hughes said.

Missions expert David Barrett told CT that the Pentecostal and charismatic church is growing by 19 million per year.

On September 25 in Olympic Stadium, 100,000 Pentecostals from more than 60 countries gathered at a closing service sponsored by the Assemblies of God, the Church of God, and the Foursquare Gospel church in South Korea. Church banners decorated the stadium, and hundreds of balloons formed a cross.

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil expressed his government's gratefulness for the prayers and contributions of the Pentecostal movement. Christianity has surpassed Buddhism as the major faith in South Korea.

During daily sessions, prayers were offered for the economic situation in Asia, peace in the Middle East and Albania, and on behalf of the persecuted church.

The next world conference will be held in Los Angeles in 2001 and will be chaired by Thomas E. Trask, general superintendent of the Assemblies ...



Are you a CTLibrary member or a Christianity Today subscriber with archives privileges?
To read the rest of this article, log in here:
Email  Password  

If you're a Christianity Today print subscriber...
...but have not yet registered for online access to CTLibrary.com, you can receive a full-year's access for just $29.95!

Register Here
 If you're NOT a Christianity Today print subscriber...
You're entitled to a special, introductory offer for new subscribers only! Subscribe now and receive a one-year Christianity Today print magazine subscription and one-year access to all Christianity Today archives for just $39.95!

Subscribe now!


Subscribe!



Subscribe now

Give a gift subscription



Shopping
Bible Studies
Leadership Training
Small Group Resources

Featured Items