Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Department of Christian Ministries and Religion
Professor Anthony Roberts
Dr. Kenneth J. Archer
Dr. Zachary Tackett
As the Pentecostal church continues to develop its unique theology separate from a mere charismatic Christianity, a theology of discipleship and practical application will prove necessary to maintain the original spirit of early Pentecostalism and sustain the continued growth of the church. Examining the Wesleyan theological roots of Pentecostalism provides a crucial understanding of the practices and discipleship methods leading to the Latter Rain outpouring. Understanding the educational, immersive, and experiential component of discipleship during Jesus’ time helps to frame the importance of prescribing certain practices and disciplines as means of cultivating holiness of heart. Retrieving some of the principles and practices of Methodism for the Pentecostal church offers a method of discipleship that aids disciples in developing a sensitivity and closeness to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This paper submits for consideration what the author calls a methodical-pentecostal theology of discipleship along with a proposal of a limited number of disciplines to be instituted in a local church as a means of making disciples who make disciples.
Sledge, Rachel K., "A METHODICAL-PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGY OF DISCIPLESHIP: RETRIEVING WESLEY’S METHOD OF DISCIPLESHIP FOR THE 21ST CENTURY AMERICAN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH" (2022). Masters of Theological Studies. 16.