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Pentecostal Testimony: Narrating Converision

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Pentecostal Testimony: Narrating Conversion
Mark J. Cartledge
Telling my/our story
We all tell/inhabit stories
Stories express some of our answers to fundamental questions:
Who are we?
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Narrative Shaped
Stories of dramatic conversion
Stories of dramatic spiritual empowerment
Stories of dramatic signs, wonders and miracles
Stories of societal influence
Practices of Testimony & Identity Narratives
Shane Taylor
Holy Trinity Brompton:
Evangelisation and social transformation
Alpha Course
Prison Ministry
Shane's Conversion Narrative
Theoretical Lenses
Episetmology- Testimony as knowledge
Conversion- Testimony as person change
Spirituality- Testimony as identity
Mission- Testimony as social influence
1. Sources of Knowledge
Perception
Memory
Consciousness
Reason
Testimony
2. Conversion Theory
Context
Crisis
Quest
Encounter
Interaction
Commitment
Consequences
3. Charismatic Spirituality
Search
Encounter
Transformation
4. Mission
Centripetal- Pull
centres of renewal/revival- big events
Catharsis- Encounter-affective
healing is in the atonement
Centrifugal- Push
empowerment for witness
Shane's Narrative Re-Narrated
Story line is the same
Some details are developed
Context- bullying, lack of love, violence
Interaction- prison officers, church
Punchline is the same
evangelism and social transformation
Paul's narrative 1:
(Acts 21.30-22.22)
Context-Jew-Persecutor
Crisis/Quest- Damascus Road- Question
Encounter/Interaction- Ananias- Commision
Commitment- Baptism
Consequences- vision-commision
Paul's Narrative 2:
(Acts 26.1.-32)
Context-jew- hope of resurrection-persecutor
Crisis/Quest- Damascus Road- why persecute me?- questions-revelation-promise of rescue
Encounter/Interaction- commissioned by Christ
Commitment- Missing
Consequences- Preaching, suffering, like Christ
Narration & Re-Narration
Testimony Licence
Often phases are conflated
Some phases are omitted
Context dependent
Performance and improvisation
De-Conversion
Personal Crisis
Plausibility Structures
Competing compelling naratives
Ideological
Re-socialisation
Conversion Careers?
Member's passage through levels, types and phases of church participation
Dissatisfaction with former religion
Levels of participation
Life Cycle
Conclusion
Testimony
Narrative
Identity
Context
Performance
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