Undeniably, where the church is growing worldwide, it is being fed and driven by one or more of these streams, oftentimes together:
- The classical Pentecostal Movement (e.g., Assemblies of God, Church of God in Christ, Church of God - Cleveland, Tenn., and Foursquare) coming out of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles in the early 1900s.
- The Charismatic Renewal in the mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches since the 1960s.
- The emergence since the 1980s of the "Third Wave" (e.g., Vineyard) independent networks and indigenous (to the global South) churches and movements that embrace the full scope of the Holy Spirit's presence and activity in the contemporary world even if they may not go by either the "Pentecostal" or "Charismatic" label.
Some demographers suggest that almost 700 million Renewalists exist around the world.
This global phenomenon has led scholars and researchers to observe what they call the ongoing "Pentecostalization" or "Charismatization" of the global church. Even for churches that do not use any of these labels, their worship, spirituality, and openness to the work of the Holy Spirit reflect the influence of the Renewal Movement.
Regent University's School of Divinity is preparing the next generation of pastors, church leaders and ministers to lead the Renewal Movement into the middle of the 21st century. Founded in the 1970s out of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, Regent is a transdenominational university serving churches across the Pentecostal, Evangelical and Ecumenical spectrum. Because its School of Divinity includes faculty members from all three streams and across the various ecclesial traditions, it is one of a handful of Evangelical seminaries that is not only biblically based and Christ-centered in its approach to theological education but also embraces the renewing work of the Holy Spirit as central to its ethos, practice, teaching, research and scholarship.
Our Center for Renewal Studies, for instance, is a leading scholarly venue worldwide that promotes research on the global Renewal Movement. Secular researchers from across the academic disciplines are also beginning to inquire about the global Renewal Movement, and the Center for Renewal Studies, along with the School of Divinity's Center for Global Missions and Youth and Urban Renewal Center, is poised to lead the scholarly conversation in these areas.
Regent's School of Divinity offers the Master's of Divinity and other master's programs to serve those called by God to participate in and lead the global Renewal Movement of the 21st century. It also offers the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Renewal Studies to prepare ministers, researchers, scholars, and teachers to engage the opportunities and challenges pertaining to worldwide renewal.
Those desiring a fully accredited course of theological study that combines the life of the mind with life in the Spirit will find their needs met by Regent University's School of Divinity. Our course of study is designed to challenge minds, transform hearts, and empower hands for engaging, serving, and transforming, for the glory of God.
Leanna Cinquanta, D.Min. '11
Founder/Director, TellAsia Ministries
"I am very thankful for Regent. I was impressed with the quality of the instructors. They were all truly men and women of God; it was a breath of fresh air."