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10th GloPent Conference: The Future of Pentecostalism

What Conference
When 2018-02-08 23:00 to
2018-02-09 23:00
Where Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact Name dr. Miranda Klaver
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The tenth international and interdisciplinary conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be held on 9–10 February 2018 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Conference Theme

With its growth, global impact, and reach, Pentecostalism has developed into a diverse and established movement of denominations, independent churches, mega-churches, and ministries. Within mainline Christianity, Pentecostal beliefs and practices are now more accepted and are described by some as the ‘Pentecostalization’ of Christianity. This is observed in the acceptance of key practices and beliefs concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit like divine healing, deliverance, and prophecy. However, Pentecostalism in the context of (late) modernity is more than a success story.

In spite of its missionary zeal, Pentecostalism is not immune of decline and apostasy of the second or third generation Pentecostals. Furthermore, science and shifting morals in societies challenge Pentecostal beliefs more broadly which calls for response and engagement with the surrounding context.  And due to new media, scandals concerning Pentecostal leaders can no longer be hidden.

Together these trends raise a number of questions with regard to the future of Pentecostalism, which will be the overall theme of the GloPent conference 2018 in Amsterdam.

The conference theme the 'Future of Pentecostalism' will be organized among 3 themes and we especially invite contributions to the following topics:

  1. Future of Pentecostal Beliefs and Practices
  2. Future of Pentecostal Networks and Churches
  3. Future of Pentecostal Authority and Gender



Dr. Jon Bialecki, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom:

Theme 1:  Miracles, in the Future Imperfect Tense?


Dr. Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen, The Netherlands:

Theme 2: Conflicting futures, entangled pasts: Nigerian missionaries in a post-secular Europe.


Dr. Damaris S. Parsitau, Egerton University, Kenya:

Theme 3: The Future Kingdom of Holy Women and Pure Girls: Tensions, Trends and Raptures in Pentecostal Gender and Family Relations in Kenya



In addition to the three keynotes, there will be over forty papers drawing on current research, presented in 3 paralllel sessions.

For details, please download the full programme and book of abstracts.

Registration Information

Conference Fee

  • Standard: €95
  • Students: €75
  • Subscribers to PentecoStudies: €75
    (Make sure you subscribe/renew your subscription at least two weeks before the conference.)


Please register via the VU Amsterdam Conference Webpage.

Grant for PhD students

Thanks to external funding through the Zonneweelde Foundation, we can offer 15 grants of 250€ to PhD Students who present a paper. Please see the Conference Webpage for details.


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