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Henry I. Lederle: The Third Wave: New Independent Charismatic Churches, Part 1

Restorationist Independent Charismatics are widely diverse. Some have more rigid leadership styles while others are more flexible. Theologically, they espouse believer’s baptism and generally have an Assemblies of God approach to baptism in the Spirit and glossolalia (i.e., support the view that tongues is the initial, physical evidence of Spirit-baptism), although they do not focus much on speaking in tongues in their preaching. What holds the remaining Restorationist grouping together is a vision for restoring apostolic leadership—including prophets and apostles—and a rejection of “tradition.” As a current, it has passed its heyday, and some of the larger churches have realigned themselves and formed new networks.




Coming in Spring 2012: The next three Third Wave currents: Dominion, Empowered Evangelicals, and Word of Faith.


This is part of chapter six from Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010). Used with permission.

Theology with Spirit

Theology with Spirit The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century Henry I. Lederle Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century. Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010. x + 246 pp.; bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-9819526-3-5. Distributed by Ingram ( Available at and, also in the Kindle Store. Query regarding discounts for quantity purchases.


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Category: Church History, Pneuma Review, Winter 2012

About the Author: Henry I. Lederle, D.Th. (University of South Africa) and M.A. (University of Orange Free State), is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He is the author of Treasures Old and New: Interpretations of Spirit-Baptism in the Charismatic Renewal Movement (Hendrickson, 1988), Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Word & Spirit Press, 2010), and several collections of essays, articles and reviews.

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