What is your understanding of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement?
My conversation with Steve Hayes last year highlighted for me that even in the world beyond America our understandings of Pentecostalism can differ.
If the Evangelical movement is characterised by conversionism, activism, biblicism and crucicentrism, as David Bebbington suggests, and the Anabaptist movement is characterised by Christo-centrism, communitarianism and pacifism, as Becker and Bender suggest, then what would you say are the distinctive features of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement?
In my experience it would be an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts (especially tongues, prophecy and healing) and enthusiastic worship. Flowing from the emphasis on Spiritual power and healing is also an emphasis on prosperity and entrepreneurialism. How does that gel with your experience? Know of any definitions widely accepted by Pentecostals and Charismatics from multiple traditions?