Pentecostalism and other Christian “renewal” sects are some of the fastest-growing religious movements on the planet, particularly in the global South. The common feature of most Pentecostal groups is a focus on an ecstatic experience that believers describe as “baptism in the Holy Spirit,” which manifests in the form of speaking of tongues, healing and prophesy.
The sheer numbers of Pentecostals in places like Brazil, Nigeria and China mean that they exert a powerful influence on the way economic development, religious authority and politics are evolving in those regions. CRCC has deployed researchers in more than 20 countries across the global South and East to study Pentecostalism and its impact in the developing world.
- CommentaryHow a Christian Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious DeclineThis article was originally published on The Conversation. In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry – now secretary …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious Leadership
- CRCC in the NewsPCPJ: Why Pentecostals Are ProgressiveAn overwhelming majority of indigenous churches with active social programs in the developing world are Pentecostal or Charismatic, sociologists Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori found in their book Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Economic Inequality, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Political Attitudes and Values
- CRCC in the NewsBuzzfeed: Silicon Valley’s Hippest Church Is Going PublicCRCC’s senior research director Richard Flory was quoted by Buzzfeed about religious revival in Silicon Valley. An excerpt from the article: C3SV’s [an independent offshoot of a Pentecostal megachurch] parent, C3 Global, …Topics: Branding and Marketing, Christians and Christianity, Megachurches, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CRCC in the NewsResearch on Religion Podcast: Pentecostal Faith in Brazilian PrisonsThe Research on Religion Podcast featured CRCC Research Associate Andrew Johnson with a discussion of his research into the role of Pentecostalism in Brazilian prisons. His research, conducted as part of CRCC’s …Topics: Latin America, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CRCC in the NewsThe Economist: Charismatic Christianity Thrives Among People on the MoveThe Economist featured Donald Miller’s work on Pentecostalism in a series of stories in the January 23, 2016 issue. Miller has studied Pentecostal and charismatic renewal movements around the world, and through …Topics: Immigration, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CommentaryGay Marriage Is Legal, but Gay Christians Still Fear RejectionThis is an edited excerpt of an essay that originally appeared on Christian Brown’s blog. Read the full post, “It’s Time I Told You I’m Gay,” where he also grapples with the …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, LGBT Issues, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CommentaryMade in Los Angeles – How One Church Changed With Its CommunityAt her old church, church leaders looked “at me like a sinner for plucking my eyebrows!” remembered Sonia. The church’s gender-specific regulations, imported from the congregation’s mother church in El Salvador, also …Topics: Community Dynamics, Creativity and Innovation, Latinos, Millennials, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Place and Religion, Southern California, Transnational
- CommentaryHow a Pentecostal Law Professor Has Helped Reshape Nigerian PoliticsThis post also appeared on The Washington Post Acts of Faith blog. I met Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president-elect, two years ago, during the annual convening of the mammoth Holy Ghost Congress …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Government and Religion, International Affairs and Policy, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Religious Extremism, Sub-Saharan Africa, Violence, Voting and Elections
- VideoPentecostal Prayer Gangs: Documenting Religion in a Brazilian Prison
- BookPentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary IndiaPentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India Chad M. Bauman, Author (Oxford University Press: 2015) The writing of this book was supported by the Pentecostal Charismatic Research Initiative. …Topics: Asia, Books, Hindus and Hinduism, Missionaries, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Violence
- CommentaryDowntown L.A. Captures Pentecostalism’s Past, Present and Future“When people ask me, ‘What good can come out of Skid Row?’ I tell them that the people of God come out of Skid Row!” Pastor Cue’s sermon hit a crescendo as …Topics: Community Dynamics, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Multi-ethnic / Multi-racial Congregations, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Place and Religion, Southern California
- CommentaryMeditation and Authenticity: Everything Old Is New AgainA mindfulness teacher loosely associated with Against the Stream described his unconventional approach to meditation–keep a notebook close at hand to record your thoughts and feelings–as a more faithful reflection of the …Topics: Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism, Religious "Nones"
“In the Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, Pentecostalism is the dominant faith. The religiously motivated projects that serve the poor, prisoners, gang members and the homeless in these areas are almost exclusively Pentecostal. … What remains unclear is the role that the increasingly powerful Protestant contingent will play in Brazilian history.”
“Brazil’s Sleeping Giant”
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- Brad ChristersonContributing FellowBrad Christenson is a sociologist who has written extensively in the areas of religion, race, ethnicity, and globalization.
- Richard FlorySenior Director of Research and EvaluationRichard Flory is a sociologist whose work focuses on religion and urban life, religious and cultural change, and youth and young adults.
- Andrew JohnsonResearch AssociateAndrew Johnson is a sociologist who studies religion on the margins of society, with specific interests in religious practice inside of prison, Latin American Pentecostalism and religionin the city.
- Juan MartínezContributing FellowJuan Martinez studies the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity and transnational mission among U.S. Latinos.
- Donald E. MillerDirector of Strategic InitiativesDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Jonathan RussellContributing FellowJonnie Russell is a scholar engaging religion, philosophy and politics, and a chaplain working for social justice on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
- Nick StreetSenior WriterNick Street is a journalist covering religious change and innovation, Buddhism, Pentecostalism and LGBT issues.
- Tetsunao YamamoriContributing FellowTetsunao Yamamori is a sociologist with expertise in global Pentecostalism.