Network Church: A Pentecostal Ecclesiology Shaped by Mission . Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 11 (Leiden: Brill, 2012) xi + 264 pp. ISBN 978900422202 (hbk). $151.00. In recent years Pentecostal ecclesiology has emerged as an important topic not only in Pentecostal circles but in the broader ecumenical world. Andy Lord proposes a Pentecostal ecclesiology that draws from the array of Pentecostal debates and that is both structured and contextual in a central focus on the mission of the church. The argument of the book is that a focus on networks invites an ecclesiological discussion that combines concerns about the structure of the church with the experience and structures of mission. Since the notion of networks touches on most of the significant areas of ecclesiology, Lord understands his proposal as a proper ecclesiological system for the Pentecostal community. This intention is significant not only for Pentecostals, who still lack a comprehensive ecclesiology, but also for the broader discussions in ecumenical ecclesiology, which have yet to integrate Pentecostalism in the theological agenda of the churches. The book approaches ecclesiology from the perspective of systematic theology and methodology, also not a strong field in the history of Pentecostal thought. Lord laments
Ecclesiology – Brill
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