Elim movement

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A Welshman in Monaghan, Ireland founded the Elim Pentecostal Church in 1915. George Jeffreys was an outstanding evangelist and church planter. He had a Welsh Congregational background, and was strongly influenced by the Welsh Revival of 1904. He was introduced to Pentecostal teaching by an Anglican vicar, Rev Alexander Boddy of Sunderland.

Between 1915 and 1934, George Jeffreys conducted some tremendous evangelistic missions. This unknown preacher would commence a mission with a mere handful of people, and by the end of the week, thousands would clamour for a seat. Amazing miracles of healing had taken place. After the mission, very large churches were established.

The name 'Elim' was taken from Exodus 15.27 where the Israelites came to Elim, an oasis in the desert where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees. This was for them a place of refreshment after the exhaustion and discouragements of their escape from slavery in Egypt. The Movement grew with rapidly against the background of dramatic decline in the historic churches. Today, there are over 600 churches in the home land, and nearly 9000 world-wide.

For more information on the Elim Movement please go to http://www.elim.org.uk.

What does it mean to be a Pentecostal church?

The Pentecostal movement traces it's roots back to, among others, John Wesley, and the early Church as described in the book of Acts. It seeks to model itself upon that early Church by emphasising a Theology and Christian experience as demonstrated by the apostles after the resurrection of Jesus, when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit and able to speak in tongues. The Pentecostal movement represents a reaction against the rigid theology and formal worship of traditional churches. It originated in it's modern form in the USA in 1906, and in the converts and preachers of the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905, one of the main early centres in Britain being in an Anglican Church, in Sunderland from about 1907. George Jeffreys, who became the founder of the Elim Pentecostal Church in the UK became a Christian in the early days of the Welsh Revival.

Pentecostals believe in the Bible as the authority for their faith and life, and practise charismatic worship, emphasizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Members are encouraged to seek to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, enabling speaking in tongues, and other spiritual gifts to be used to build up the Church and provide a powerful witness to the truth of the Christian message. Services are informal and seek to be relevant to modern culture in terms of style and music.

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