A Full-er Gospel?: Pentecostal Proclamation in New Zealand 1990-2008 by Linda Flett
Linda Flett, A Full-er Gospel?: Pentecostal Proclamation in New Zealand 1990-2008, Archer, 2015.
This book draws on the belief statements and official publications of Elim and AOG denominations in New Zealand from 1990 to 2008 in order to test the extent to which this conviction was adhered to. A statement that ‘In order to reach New Zealand, our methods need to change but not our message’, provides a framing device, inviting the reader to explore their responsiveness to aspects of social change within New Zealand before gauging interest in new methodologies known to have impacted Pentecostal churches in New Zealand during this period. Actual changes to evangelistic methodology and salvation terminology is presented from the findings of a quantitative study before the salvation message is re-examined. It will be evident that not only were new methodologies embraced but views on salvation broadened, becoming increasingly holistic, dynamic and relational.
About the author: Linda Flett lectures in Church History and pastoral studies for Laidlaw College, New Zealand and shares national oversight of the internship programs with her husband Graeme.