Winds of the Spirit: A Profile of Anabaptist Churches in the Global South

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In this groundbreaking study, the authors make an unsettling claim: Anabaptist churches of the Global South have more in common with the church of the first three centuries than they do with contemporary churches in Europe and North America that claim the Anabaptist name. With data from eighteen thousand church members in ten countries, they show how historical patterns of church renewal are repeating themselves today in the Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The study does more than crunch statistics; it probes ...

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Overview

In this groundbreaking study, the authors make an unsettling claim: Anabaptist churches of the Global South have more in common with the church of the first three centuries than they do with contemporary churches in Europe and North America that claim the Anabaptist name. With data from eighteen thousand church members in ten countries, they show how historical patterns of church renewal are repeating themselves today in the Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The study does more than crunch statistics; it probes the sources and nature of the renewal and growth. And it pushes readers to ask what these trends can teach the churches of the North in their own quest for faithfulness and vitality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836196368
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Philip Jenkins 9

Preface and Acknowledgments 13

1 Introduction 17

2 A History of the Churches in the Profile 35

3 An Overview of the Profile 53

4 Characteristics and Trajectories of Anabaptist Churches 69

5 Anabaptist Beliefs and Practices 107

6 Congregational Life 135

7 The Missionary Posture of Global Anabaptists 153

8 Anabaptism from Sixteenth-Century Europe to the Twenty-First-Century Global South 175

9 The Holy Spirit's Movement among Global Anabaptists 205

10 Emerging Visions of Anabaptism in the Global South 233

Bibliography 253

The Authors 259

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