Introduction to Pentecostalism

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The modern Pentecostal movement has  nearly 120 years of history. Pentecostal movement has made a significant contribution within this short span of time. Though a newcomer in the academic discipline Pentecostalism has produced its own footprints. This course is a comprehensive presentation of history and theology of the Pentecostal movement. 


Specific Objective – Through reading, lectures, discussion forums and the completion of assignments the student will be able see history of Pentecostal movement and the ability to interpret theology through the pneumatological lens

  1. Knowledge:
    1.  Understand the History of Pentecostal movement
    2. Understand the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement worldwide and in the Indian Context
    3. To acquaint the students with the content of Pentecostal faith and missional aspects of the Pentecostalism
  2. Skills:
    1. Students will be able to classify various pentecostal movement and its distinctiveness. 
    2. Students will be able to equip themselves towards a meaning engagement in mission by understanding the spirituality and orthopraxis of the Pentecostal fait



  • Participants are expected to attend each of the six weekly live session of the course. Perfect attendance, while desired, is not always possible to achieve for reasons beyond a participant’s control. Accordingly, a participant may have one unexcused class absences. Additional absences, will result in a reduction in the participant’s grade. Absence from more than three classes will automatically result in the participant being withdrawn from the course, and the final evaluation will so reflect. 
  • All participants are expected to actively engage the course material and class discussions. Class participation forms an element of the grade for participants taking the course. 
  • Because all classes are conducted via Global Classroom google meet, participants must mute their microphone once the class has begun and unmute when they wish to ask a question, make a comment or respond to something raised during the class. Care must be taken not to “speak over” one another. 
  • Participants are expected to always show the utmost courtesy and respect for others participating in the course 

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING (ATA recommends that an MDiv student should write a minimum of 2500 words during the course of a subject).

Formative Assessment

1. Discussion Forum (40% weightage)

Weekly Discussions and Written Responses: 200 words for Initial Response and 100 peer response.

Every Wednesday a weekly discussion question will become visible. Each student will read through the question and take time to formulate a response. The aim for responses is to display a thorough understanding of daily video lessons, reading material, or even selected multimedia content and relate it practically to life and ministry situations.  The initial response should be 200 words to answer the questions and then each student should respond (100 words) to the submitted response of other students posted on the Discussion board. In order to maximize the benefit of this element of the course, the student should post his/her initial response by 11:59 pm on Wednesday of the week and then spend the remainder of that week interacting with their colleagues in the class until Saturday at 11:59pm.

2. Quiz (weekly) 15%weightage:

A self-assessment quiz that consists of multiple-choice, true/false questions, short answer, text with feedback. Note that quizzes are used for self-assessment and not formal exams – so formative. These quizzes are based on video lectures, reading assignments, multimedia content etc.

3. Short Essays: 500-800 words 20%

There are short academic essays that allow students to collaborate and to use resources to answer the given question. Short Assignments are due at the end of the third week.

4. Essay/Research Paper: 1000-1200 Words, 25%.

This paper should be approximately 5 pages. Write an essay/research paper that directly engages with one of the issues, themes, events, or people encountered in the course using secondary sources. In other words, research is required for this paper. The paper must be transparent, meaning that you will clearly state what your primary and secondary sources are, and how you have gone about turning them into “data” for your argument.

You need to demonstrate familiarity with the specifics and details of the issues, themes, events, or people you selected, as well as demonstrate your ability to place your topic within the larger context of Christian history. The paper should not simply report, summarize, or review materials, but demonstrate thoughtful analysis and reflection and embody an argument (thesis), which will be a summary of the paper’s argument, early in the introduction. The body of the paper will support your thesis. Show how your argument is drawn from the primary and secondary sources you used by carefully documenting it.


Submission Method and Late Submission

Submission: Papers to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format by Global Classroom– Assignment Upload

Late Submission Penalties:

  1. Weekly Responses and Primary Source Analysis Paper will NOT be accepted as late.
  2. Late submission of all other assignments, with a genuine reason, will be penalized 1% (1 point) per day. Student needs to get prior written permission of the instructor, copying the same to the Registrar. A maximum of three days would be permitted by the instructor, for late submission.

Citing References
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable.

For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 6 for arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.

Academic Integrity
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism.

 FBC takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity and to penalize academic dishonesty. 


Important Books

Vondey, Wolfgang. (Ed) The Routledge handbook of Pentecostal Theology. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020.

Yong, Amos. Renewing Christian Theology: Systematics for a Global Christianity. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Select Bibliography
Anderson, Allen. An Introduction to Pentecostalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Anderson, Allan Heaton and Edmond Tang. (Eds).  Asian and Pentecostal : The Charismatic Face of Christianity in Asia. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2011.

Anderson, Allan Heaton, Studying Global Pentecostalism

Ling, Tan-Chow May. Pentecostal Theology for the Twenty-First Century Engaging with Multi-Faith Singapore. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007.

Chan, Simon. Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition. Sheffield: Sheffield  Academic Press, 2000.

Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century. California: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1995. 

Dayton, Donald W. Theological Roots of Pentecostalism. London: Scarecrow Press, 1987.

Ma, Julie C. and Wonsuk Ma. Mission in the Spirit: Towards a Pentecostal/Charismatic Missiology. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2010.

Sahoo, Sarbeswar. Pentecostalism and Politics of Conversion in India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Synan, Vinson and Amos Yong. “Global Renewal Christianity Europe and North America Spirit Empowered Movements: Past, Present, and Future.” Lake Mary: Charisma House, 2017.

Essentials of Pentecostal theology


Pentecostal Theology Living The Full Gospel

Warrington, Keith. Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter

Vondey, Wolfgang. Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed. 1st ed. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.

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