The Spirit Factor

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement
by Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori
University of California Press, 2007
(261 pages, $24.95, paperback)

reviewed by Lance Nixon

Their initial methodology for studying global Christianity’s impact on society was simple: Focus on fast-growing, indigenous, self-supporting churches in the developing world engaged in significant social ministry. So Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori asked 400 mission experts, denominational executives, and other informed people to nominate such churches.

The results took them by surprise: 85 percent of the churches nominated were Pentecostal or Charismatic.

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That might not come as such a surprise, though, to those who . . .

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Lance Nixon is a freelance writer based in Pierre, South Dakota, where he attends New Life Assembly of God Church and visits Trinity Episcopal Church.

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