A worldwide family on a mission’: The history of the Newfrontiers network in transnational perspective (1980-2011)
This project draws on new archival material to analyse the historical development of a network of charismatic churches called Newfrontiers. Founded in south east England during the 1960s, Newfrontiers has grown to encompass over a thousand churches across every continent, sharing in the staggering growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in the last three decades. This research seeks to bring a new perspective to scholarly work on the network and similar ‘new church’ movements through detailed attention to its transnational connections and the way these have shaped the development of the movement. In exploring this the project also aims to produce insights of broader relevance for understanding the development of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in Britain and beyond over the last thirty five years. Having a firm grasp of the processes at work during this period is vital to predicting the trajectory of this phenomenon in the coming decades.