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Essential Practice Point 1
Census 2006 indicated that Pentecostalism increased by over 157% between 2002 and 2006, with 8,116 members in 2006. Contributors indicate that this figure is an underestimate and that the major growth in Pentecostalism is from the new communities, including a number of African countries (see details below), Brazil, China, Poland, the Philippines, South Africa and the Roma Community.
There are some networks of Pentecostal Churches in Ireland, each having numerous members:
- African Pentecostal Churches: The Joy in the Nation network is a nationwide collective of African Pentecostal Churches. The network currently has in excess of thirty members, some of whom are also affiliated to the Assemblies of God Ireland (see next point). These churches have congregations in a number of places in the Irish State including Dublin (the largest membership), Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and other major urban areas. The largest is the Nigerian-led Redeemed Christian Church of God. Gospel Faith Mission is a second large Nigerian-led Church. Others are Abundant Life led by a minister from Togo, and Christ Co-workers in Mission led by a minister from the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
- Assemblies of God Ireland (AGI) and other networks: Assemblies of God Ireland is a member of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal fellowship of churches and organisations in the world. In 2008 there were approximately forty member churches located in the major cities and towns throughout Ireland. Some have multi-ethnic congregations; for example St Mark's Pentecostal Church, Dublin, presently has a congregation from twenty-eight national backgrounds, and there is also a Polish fellowship affiliated to the AGI.
The Elim Pentecostal Association and the Apostolic Church Network are also represented in Ireland.
Pentecostalism is practised by approximately 70% of the Roma Community in Ireland; see Roma Community section for details.
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