Did Mainline and Catholic Churches Lose the Charismatic Movement?

While much has been written about the first wave of the charismatic movement in California, and the third wave of the movement in Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard continues today, there is a lot less known about the second wave that moved into more mainline Protestant churches and among Catholics. That particular wave of the movement appears to have passed and has been largely replaced by social justice.

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Why this matters for church leaders:

Denominations are all over the map on charismatic gifts and ministry, but the one part of the charismatic movement’s third wave is the acceptance of more charismatic worship styles. How has the charismatic impacted your church?

  • Identifying the Charismatic Movement: There are many Charismatic expressions of Christianity, but evangelicals in America are most likely to recognize the Assemblies of God, Calvary Chapel, and the Vineyard. The latter has had a powerful impact on how churches worship today.
  • What Do Spiritual Gifts Look Like? While many charismatic congregations are less likely to emphasize the role of speaking in tongues, one of the more controversial aspects of the movement, are there aspects of the charismatic movement that have impacted your church?
  • What Can We Learn from the Charismatic Movement? The Assemblies of God are consistently growing at a time when many denominations are declining. Are there lessons to learn from charismatic churches?

There are many different expressions of charismatic Christianity. What are the challenges and benefits of learning from charismatic Christians?

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