91 Latin American Pentecostals: Ecumenical and Evangelical Carmelo E. Alvarez* As I begin, I would like to make a clarification on my topic. It is not very common to talk about Pentecostals in Latin America as being both ecumenical and evangelical (from the evangelion, the Evangel). Very often these two adjectives, ecumenical and evangelical, are separated and opposed to one another within church circles. In this paper I wish to stress that these two elements constitute the crucial challenge for Pentecostals in Latin America. It seems to me that a combination and complement of these two perspectives would strengthen the ecumenical movement in Latin America. The Pentecostal movement is part of the great missionary effort that followed the missionary movement of the nineteenth century. In Latin America it started as a renewal movement within the so-called historic churches (e.g., Methodists in Chile, Baptists in Brazil). There are three major sectors of the Pentecostal churches in Latin America. First, there are the "immigrant churches"; these churches grew out of ethnic groups that came from Europe (e.g., Brazil, with a particular interest in the labor movement in the cities). Evangelistic fervor, social assistance and economic self- support were the leading
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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