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Transition into Ministry program helps new ministers flourish

Moving from seminary to first assignment at a congregation is always a challenge for a new pastor, but it’s even more so today. Helping young graduates become confident and effective is the goal of the Transition into Ministry program.

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The Toronto Blessing: How a Homegrown Movement Made It To The International Spotlight

In an entry prepared for the “Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,” sociologist Margaret M. Poloma explains how the term “Toronto Blessing” was coined, briefly traces the theological legacy of... read more >

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Test of Pentecostal Evidence

The Toronto Blessing movement of renewal within the larger Pentecostal/charismatic element of Christianity has lead individuals to a greater sense of personal empowerment and commitment to help others. It has... read more >

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Beyond the worship wars; creative ideas for renewing church services

Beyond the worship wars; creative ideas for renewing church services Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

In moving traditional churches to embrace new forms of worship, experts say start small and be sure to communicate.

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Structure (Word) and Spontaneity (Spirit) in Pentecostalism

Noting that Harvest Rock Church founded Harvest International Ministries and the School of Ministry to establish an institutional base from which to disseminate its Pentecostal-Charismatic message to the world, sociologist... read more >

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Finding the Right Seminary

Staci Imes knew she wanted to study at a seminary with a strong commitment to social justice.  She knew she wanted a program focused on training ministers, rather than scholars.  And while she’s committed to her denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she relishes the idea of studying with people from different traditions. But which seminary was for her?

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Mysticism and Identity Formation in Pentecostalism

Using data from the Pentecostal Toronto, which occurred during the mid-1990s, this article analyzes the role that religious experience plays in the formation of selfhood. Particularly, it addresses how the... read more >

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The Impact of Pentecostalism on the Institutional Church

The so-called “Toronto Blessing” is a movement of the Holy Spirit within the Pentecostal movement that began in Toronto in 1994. Within Pentecostal circles, the Toronto Blessing represents the latest... read more >

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The Pentecostal Movement

Pentecostals expect Christ to establish the 1,000-year reign described in Revelation 20:1-7. They believe Christians will be removed from the earth before the period of tribulation that will precede Christ’s... read more >

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Christian education programs vital to congregational health

Some churches are seeing a consumer mentality when it comes to religious education. The trend highlights the importance of preparing Christian educators for the future.

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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