Decade of Decline or Harvest? Dilemmas of the Assemblies of God

Citation: 
Tinlin, Paul B., and Edith L. Blumhofer. “Decade of Decline or Harvest? Dilemmas of the Assemblies of God.” Christian Century 108(21):684-687, July 10-17, 1991.
Abstract: 

Paul Tinlin and Edith Blumhofer write “Decade of Decline or Harvest? Dilemmas of the Assemblies of God” to examine the problems and challenges facing the AG in the 1990s in light of their new program “Decade of Harvest.” Disappointing statistics generated after the program’s first year, combined with low numbers of ordained women, faltering Sunday School and church programs, an overemphasis placed on AG megachurches and media stars, and stateside apathy compared with overseas AG vitality, lead Tinlin and Blumhofer to suggest the denomination is suffering from “a numerical and spiritual stagnation more typically associated with mainline Protestantism.” The problem lies, among others, with the AG’s uncertain denominational identity, uneasy relations with the charismatic movement, the struggle to expand while conserving Pentecostalism’s essence, detachment of the grass roots from national leadership, and difficult theological issues the denomination is not adequately addressing. Rather than a Decade of Harvest, the writers feel the AG may be facing a decade of decline.

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