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Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

5 Aldwin Ragoonath interviewed Jessy Moon, professor of homiletics, Central Bible College, Springfield, MO, 1999.

6 Aldwin Ragoonath, “Pentecostal Preaching in North America,” Th.D. diss., (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 2001.)

7 Bishop Ithiel C. Clemmons, Bishop C H Masson and Roots of the Church of God in Christ (Bakersfield, CA: Pneuma Life Publishing, 1996).

8 In conversation with Rev. I Kaithau, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Indonesia (2008) and Rev. D. Mohan the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in India (2009).

9 David Wilkerson, Times Square Church, Located at 51st Street & Broadway, Manhattan in New York City, Editor’s note: David Wilkerson was killed in a car accident on April 27, 2011.

10 Aldwin Ragoonath interviewed Lesley Matthew the general treasurer, from New Delhi, India Church of God, in November 2010.

11 Sunday schools began as schools for the poor. They were created in England around the year 1780. The schools provided rudimentary instruction to working people on their free day. By the 1790’s there were several of these schools in the United States. For the next three decades, Sunday schools were part of an informal network of free schools operated by various religious and philanthropic groups to provide rudimentary education to children of the poor. Depending on their sponsorship and frequency of meeting, these schools placed more or less emphasis on religious and moral instruction. Schools run by the New York Free School Society, for example, combined daily academic instruction with Sunday attendance at Sunday schools. In October 1811, Presbyterian missionary Robert May opened an evening Sunday school in Philadelphia in which, unlike previous free schools, he taught religious doctrine solely and without remuneration. Schools resembling May’s became increasingly common during the decade 1810-1820 as young, newly converted Protestants turned Sunday teaching as a means of expressing their newfound convictions. By 1820, there were several hundred Sunday schools in the United States. All emphasized religious instruction over reading and writing, although most taught the later subjects as a means of inculcating the former. Many Sunday school organizers, in fact, began lobbying for extension of a system of free daily schools so that they would be free to teach religion alone on Sundays. [Robert May Sunday School Minutebook, 1811-1812, Presbyterian Historical Society.] [Not longer available as of April 26, 2014].

12 Paul was the greatest preacher among the apostles but he was not the greatest orator.

13 Ragoonath, “Pentecostal Preaching in North America,” p. 52. I see in Luke 4: 16-20 teaching that preaching has two parts; 50% sermon and 50% signs, wonders and miracles. That is why I encourage a special service to prayer for people who sick and needy.

14 Jay Adams professor of homiletics, made this observation during one of his lectures in the Doctors of Ministry program at Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, California in 1998.


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About the Author: Aldwin Ragoonath, Ph.D., is a trained homiletician with over twenty years of pastoral experience in the Caribbean and Canada. His ministry is devoted to helping pastors develop their preaching gift, teaching Pentecostal preaching courses and facilitating seminars around the world. He and his wife make their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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