Development Cooperation Handbook/Stories/The Pentecostal Church

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MDG7: Environmental sustainability

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MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Loving God and caring for the community 

Lakka, Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone
December 2010

Location LAKKA, Freetown Peninsula, SIERRA LEONE 

Date-Time: DECEMBER 2010

Name and description of the Organization leading the project: Pentecostal church

Kind of Organization (Legal Status) NGO No Profit

Nationality SIERRA LEONE

Web site:

Location of Operations and Activities: Mayenkineh, Sussex, Lakka, Bumbuna, Makeni, Lungi, Kissy (Sierra Leone)

Pentecostalism is a diverse and complex movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism in the Holy Spirit, has an eschatological focus, and is an experiential religion.[1] The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians, this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.[2] Pentecostals tend to see their movement as reflecting the same kind of spiritual power and teachings that were found in the Apostolic Age of the early church. For this reason, some Pentecostals also use the term Apostolic or full gospel to describe their movement.

A distinctive feature of Pentecostalism has been a "vibrant and kinetic worship style" characterized by "clapping, waving, and raising hands; dancing, marching, and falling in the Spirit, shouting; a call-and-response form of preaching and a general sense of spontaneity".[84] Even as Pentecostalism became more organized and formal, with more control exerted over services,[85] the concept of spontaneity has retained an important place within the movement and continues to inform stereotypical imagery, such as the derogatory "holy roller". The phrase "Quench not the Spirit", derived from 1 Thessalonians 5:19, is used commonly and captures the thought behind Pentecostal spontaneity.[86] The tradition of African-Americans worshipping together continued to develop during the late 19th century and continues to this day despite the decline of segregationist attitudes and the general acceptability of integrated worship. African American churches have long been the centers of communities, serving as school sites in the early years after the Civil War, taking up social welfare functions, such as providing for the indigent, and going on to establish schools, orphanages and prison ministries. As a result, black churches have fostered built strong community organizations and provided spiritual and political leadership, especially during the civil rights movement.

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Father Osman edit

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