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Growth Controversy And Revolution, 1960s To Present

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The institutional formation that occurred during the formalisation of the Assemblies of God in Australia (AGA) has been criticised by some for its centralising tendencies and, thereby, a subversion of the autonomous, grass roots nature of Pentecostal ecclesiology. The balance between local autonomy and the relativisation of that autonomy for the sake of the broader Pentecostal identity and mission was to again become an issue during the 1970s, as the Charismatic renewal began to impact the AGA. This chapter considers the tension stimulated by this renewal, and the ecclesiological changes that resulted. The influx of Charismatics into Pentecostal assemblies was one of the stimulants for rapid growth in Pentecostal congregations and, consequently, the chapter also considers the impact of this growth upon the culture and structure of AGA churches. The various transitions within the AGA since the 1970s have been labelled by Cartledge as "the Apostolic Revolution&t;.

Keywords: apostolic revolution; Assemblies of God in Australia (AGA); Charismatic renewal; Pentecostal ecclesiology

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