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Structure (Word) and Spontaneity (Spirit) in Pentecostalism

Noting that Harvest Rock Church founded Harvest International Ministries and the School of Ministry to establish an institutional base from which to disseminate its Pentecostal-Charismatic message to the world, sociologist Margaret M. Poloma illustrates her thesis that spiritual “play” is typically transmuted into more rigid “structure” by human actors who ultimately seek more stable dynamics than are offered by a spiritual existence. That is, in the lifecycle of institutions, word comes to dominate spirit, and spirit is pushed to the periphery, diminishing spiritual vitality in both individuals and institutions. Read this article: http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/research/pentecostalism_polomaart4.html.



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