Trinitarianism and Pentecostal Ecclesial Practices


church leadership
ecclesial practices

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Udnes, Øystein. (2023). Trinitarianism and Pentecostal Ecclesial Practices: A Review of a Hierarchical Model of the Trinity. Scandinavian Journal for Leadership and Theology, 10, 65–81.


This article investigates a possible connection between a doctrine of the Trinity and Pentecostal ecclesial practices. I aim to show how a hierarchical model of the Trinity generally motivates a hierarchical church structure. Moreover, I argue that a hierarchical church structure has some potential problems; it can, among other things, lead to an expected loyalty by church members to their leaders. If the church is to dampen such problems, I suggest that not only organisational but also theological work is needed. Thus, I propose that an understanding of the Trinity as ontologically and functionally relational may benefit the Pentecostal church in upholding equality and reciprocity between leaders and members of a congregation.


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