Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 346 - 8346


The unit examines the historical development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in their social and cultural contexts.  Attention is given to the movements’ major theological and spiritual strands.  Students are encouraged to reflect on their own experience in their church context.  By considering the practical and constructive implications for ministry and mission, students are enabled to evaluate the movements’ significance for the contemporary church.


To study the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, enabling students to engage critically and practically with this significant tradition in the global church


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Discuss and evaluate the historical development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements

Intellectual skills

·      Assess critically the theology and spirituality of Pentecostal and Charismatic experience

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Explore and assess the contribution of Pentecostal and charismatic movements to ministry and mission

·      Develop a personal strategy with regard to Pentecostal and Charismatic phenomena in ministry


Assessment task


Weighting within unit



750 words

2000 words




·         346:

·         8346:

A book review

An essay



3000 words

2000 words





·         346:

·         8346:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.





Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


Sessions will normally include:

1.    Pentecostal Origins

2.    Charismatic Renewal

3.    Restoration of the Church

4.    The Holy Spirit, Baptism and Spiritual Gifts

5.    Worship and Spirituality

6.    Healing, Deliverance, and Prosperity

7.    Prophecy and Preaching

8.    Mission, Evangelism and Revival

9.    Criticism and Revisionism

10.  Social Action and Politics

11.  Ethnicity, Racism and Globalisation

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Anderson, Allan H., and Edmond Tang, eds, Asian and Pentecostal: The Charismatic Face of Christianity in Asia (Oxford: Regnum, 2005)

Cartledge, Mark J., ed., Speaking in Tongues: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2006)

Dow, Jamie, Engaging Emotions: The Need for Emotions in the Church, Grove Renewal Series, 22 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2005)

Finney, John, Renewal as Laboratory for Change: The Example of the Church of England, Grove Renewal Series, 25 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2006)

Hilborn, David, ed., Toronto in Perspective: Papers on the New Charismatic Wave of the Mid-1990s (Carlisle: Acute, 2001)

Hocken, Peter D., The Challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic and Messianic Jewish Movements: The Tensions of the Spirit (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009)

Kay, William K., and Anne E. Dyer, eds, Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies: A Reader (London: SCM, 2004)

Leach, John, Renewing Charismatic Worship, Grove Renewal Series, 37 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2009)

Ma, Julie C., Wonsuk Ma and Andrew F. Walls, Mission in the Spirit: Towards a Pentecostal/Charismatic Missiology (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010)

Stalsett, Sturla J., ed., Spirits of Globalization : The Growth of Pentecostalism and Experiential Spiritualities in a Global Age (London: SCM, 2006)

Stephenson, Christopher A., Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

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Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 346 - 8346





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