SOAS University of London

Conference Explores "Pentecostalism and Development"

7 September 2014

About ninety delegates from all six continents gathered at SOAS on 5 and 6 September 2014 to participate in the 8th GloPent conference, which was convened under the theme of “Pentecostalism and Development.”

Given the rise of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, especially in the so-called “developing world”, the conference addressed a highly relevant theme. The conference programme, featuring three keynotes, one plenary discussion and 36 papers in parallel panels, raised a number of specific issues, such as the role of Pentecostalism and shaping the economic outlook of its members, possibilities and limitations in collaborating with Pentecostal development agents, or the impact of Pentecostalism teaching and practices on social mobility, sexual ethics, or health care.

The conference was hosted by the Centre of World Christianity in collaboration with the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent). GloPent is an interdisciplinary and international initiative networking research on Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity worldwide. This was the eighth conference of the research network and its first one to be held at SOAS.

A full conference report can be found here. Proceedings from the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal PentecoStudies.

The conference was generously supported by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at SOAS, Brot für die Welt, and Evangelisches Missionswerk Deutschland.