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Emergent Patterns of Congregational Life and Leadership in the Developing
World: Personal Reflections from a Research Odyssey

Donald E. Miller

The world of Christianity is being turned upside down, with a dramatic shift in locus from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere. Undergoing dramatic growth, this emerging church in the "Two-Thirds World" is heavily Pentecostal, independent, non-denominational, very poor, and little understood by those in the Northern and Western hemispheres. For four years, Donald Miller spent two months each spring visiting dozens of rapidly growing Pentecostal and charismatic churches in 20 countries in the developing world. In this report, Miller reflects on the leadership patterns he observed and how we in the U.S. might learn from our fellow Christians in the Southern hemisphere. Includes commentaries from Daniel Aleshire, Chad Hall, Grant Wacker, and Will Willimon. Miller is executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture and professor of religion at the University of Southern California.
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