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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Pentecostal Churches

Pentecostal churches emerged as a movement in early 20th century America, stressing enthusiastic worship and the restoration of practices evident in New Testament Christianity, such as speaking in tongues, healing and miracles. It is sometimes divided into "classical Pentecostalism," indicating the movement's historical bodies, and "neo-Pentecostalism," the modern movement emphasizing charismatic renewal.

  • Pentecostals adhere to the inerrancy of the Bible and "new birth" (repenting of sin and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior).

  • Pentecostalism is one of the first religious traditions to ordain women for leadership roles.
  • Pentecostalism is believed to be one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world, particularly in the Global South and developing countries.

  • Pentecostalism is comprised of at least 700 denominations, but are highly decentralized. However, many denominations are part of the Pentecostal World Fellowship.

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