Pentecostalism is a rapidly growing form of Christianity. It places special emphasis on the working of the Holy Spirit within the lives of the Christian community. This movement takes its name and example from an account in the New Testament book of Acts, where the disciples had been waiting upon Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit would be poured out to help them. Pentecostal Christians believe strongly in the continuance of this. Pentecostalism is not a church in itself, but a movement that includes many different churches. Well-known Pentecostal groups in the UK include Elim and Assemblies of God. "Pentecostalism" is also a movement of renewal or revival within other denominations.

Pentecostal church services incorporate worship and preaching with times of ‘ministry’ where they pray that the Holy Spirit would demonstrate God’s care and power through their gathering. Pentecostal meetings are one of the main places where you can expect to hear people speaking out prophecies about the future and speaking in tongues (languages that come from God).

For Pentecostal congregations in the Faith Wales area, click here.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.