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Formation Of A Democratised National Fellowship, 1930s To 1960s

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This chapter traces the formation of the Assemblies of God in Australia (AGA), and draws out the explicit and implicit ecclesiological developments that accompanied its creation. The main business of the inaugural Assemblies of God Queensland (AGQ) conference was to establish the movement's constitution. Booth-Clibborn's methods were modern, his style was charismatic, and yet his message was theologically conservative. The chapter discusses the analysis of assessing institutionalisation. These analysis adddress the following issues; first, institutionalisation as gain and/or loss for Pentecostalism in Australia; secondly, alternate assessments on the importance of local autonomy and; thirdly, judgements as to the appropriate role and authority of the pastor. The chapter concludes that the period of AGA formation is one of substantial ecclesiological progress, reducing the imbalance in both the cultural and social dialectic.

Keywords: Assemblies of God in Australia (AGA); Assemblies of God Queensland (AGQ); ecclesiological progress; Pentecostalism



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