On the Formation of a Pentecostal Ecclesial Identity in Light of John Zizioulas’ Theology of Communion


Church identity
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Udnes, Øystein. (2024). On the Formation of a Pentecostal Ecclesial Identity in Light of John Zizioulas’ Theology of Communion. Scandinavian Journal for Leadership and Theology, 11, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.53311/sjlt.v11.121


This article explores implications of John D. Zizioulas's theology of freedom in communion for the formation of a Pentecostal ecclesial identity. I examine the interplay between divine and ecclesial relations as presented by Zizioulas, considering individuality and communal identity within Pentecostalism. I call for a nuanced exploration of individualism that recognises its complexity and suggests that an integrated approach to individuality and communion can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of human identity and freedom within the Christian context. Finally, I address how a Pentecostal understanding of the Spirit's participation in ecclesial practices may impact the empowerment of church members, especially in relation to spiritual gifts and leadership roles.


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