This project addresses the subtle pneumatological shifts in doctrine and in practice that have taken place in the Pentecostal Movement in North America over the past several decades and the relationship of these shifts to a decline in growth.
The biblical-theological literature review establishes a solid biblical-theological foundation for the importance of Spirit baptism as empowerment for the fulfillment of God's mission, the vital significance of initial evidence as a gateway to the increased manifestation of the charismata (1 Cor. 12:8-10), the critical role of the charismata in effective ministry and mission, and the importance of leaders creating a learning environment to equip believers to minister the gifts of the Spirit. The general literature review emphasizes the experienced presence of God and the baptism in the Holy Spirit as central to Pentecostal spirituality, the key role of the charismata in church growth, and the ramifications for the future in developing a Pentecostal model of ministry.
The School of the Spirit (SOS) uses sound teaching and activation exercises to provide believers the opportunity to exercise the gifts of the Spirit under the guidance of spiritual leaders. SOS helps believers to develop confidence in operating in the gifts as a natural part of a lifestyle that builds up the church and provides a powerful witness to the community as they proclaim the gospel with confirming signs and wonders.
In addition to the immediate benefit to the participants of the SOS, it also provides a curriculum for Pentecostal and charismatic pastors and spiritual leaders who desire to equip their congregations or groups to minister in the gifts of the Spirit.
|Commitee:||Gill, Debbie, Guerreiro, Mario, Olena, Lois, Oleson, Ava, Oss, Doug, Taylor, Cheryl, Walls, Randy|
|School:||Assemblies of God Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Doctor of Ministry Department|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biblical studies, Theology, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Charismata, Charismatic, Evangelism, Pentecostal, Spirit-filled, Spiritual gifts|
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