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What is Pentecostalism? What is denoted by the term 'charismatic'? This chapter addresses these questions. A statistical overview of migrant churches in Germany, or anywhere else in Europe, relies to a large extent on estimates and educated guesses. The chapter focuses on the data collected in the UEM database for the regions of the Evangelical Churches in the Rhineland and of Westphalia. Multi-ethnic and multicultural churches are dominant among the African-majority churches, with a very small minority limited to members of only one ethnic group. The chapter describes a pentecostal/charismatic discourse of which migrant churches are an important part. This discourse is enacted in sermons and Bible studies, in printed and electronic media, and, particularly, in pastors' meetings which regularly take place within different networks shaped by language, ethnic or cultural background. The discourse on evangelism among pentecostal/charismatic migrants is also influenced by theological training.

Keywords: charismatic migrants; migrant churches; pentecostal migrants



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