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Apostolic networks in Britain: Personality and praxis

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Personality theory has already shed light on the functioning of Christian denominations. There are special difficulties, however, in the application of personality theory to new Christian groups. Following the charismatic movement of the 1960s, apostolic networks grew up in the 1970s. This chapter argues that personality theory may have a useful part to play in establishing the classification of religious groups. Experientially the charismatic movement in Britain reached across most of the Protestant spectrum apart from within Presbyterians in Northern Ireland and elements of the Federation of Independent Evangelical Churches in England. The chapter addresses some theoretical questions: Do personality factors work in the same way among apostolic networks as they do among Pentecostal ministers? Can personality theory be applied more widely to take account of activities less relevant to Pentecostal ministers? Can personality theory contribute to classificatory schemes describing Christian groups?.

Keywords: apostolic networks; Britain; charismatic movement; Christian denominations; evangelical Churches; Pentecostal ministers; Personality theory; religious groups



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